Canine blood donation
I have known for many years that dogs can donate blood and that the bigger the dog the better it is.
Sharon and the boys
Despite having our great danes, Bellamy and Baruch, (who are father and on), down at the vets register, until one day we had a call to say that Bellamy’s service was required by my vet.
We recently received a phone call from a different branch of Village Vet for Bellamy to be used again. I explained that he had recently been used and suggested that they use Baruch. Because it was Baruch’s first time they shaved a small patch on his front leg, took a small amount of blood cross matched it and did a blood count. His blood count was 52 which apparently is very good. Next they shaved a small amount from his neck revealing his jugular and injected local anaesthetic. The next step was to put a canula in the vein and proceed to collect the blood. Baruch sat the whole time and although he was not happy stayed reasonably still through the whole procedure.
Why do I let my dogs donate blood? Firstly I would want someone to do it for them and secondly to show that they are gentle giants. In this day and age with aggressive dogs hitting the headlines we need to show that our giants are not aggressive and can because of their wonderful temperament help other dogs. The last time Bellamy was used they used his blood on two dogs and so far all of the dogs he used have survived.
My dogs only donate though my vets. There is a mobile blood bank but its never been near enough for us to go to. The link to their details is http://www.petbloodbankuk.org/
If you would like your dog to be considered as a donor there are certain criteria that they need to meet regardless of whether you just go on the list at your bank or regular donations at the blood bank
• be aged between one and eight years old
• weigh more than 25kg
• have a good temperament
• never have travelled abroad
• be up to date on all vaccinations
• be fit and healthy
• not be on any medication
Sharon Rose, owner of Bellamy and Baruch
Facts Checked by Simon Hayes, Village Vet
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