January is National Blood Donor Month. Both people and pets sometimes need life-saving blood transfusions. Animal blood banks store emergency blood for pets. You may be wondering about the source of the supply. Many times, it comes from superhero pets like yours that donate blood and plasma to save lives. Today we’re going to discuss blood donation in animals and talk about Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank.
The Requirements for Your Cat or Dog to Be a Blood Donor
If you’d like your pet to be a blood donor, they will require thorough health and blood tests to check for any diseases. Like with people, the blood test will determine your pet’s blood type because animal transfusions also require the correct blood type. For your pet to donate blood, they can’t be taking specific medications. Your pet’s age, size, and temperament can also be a factor. Calm pets are ideal during the donation procedure, and the professionals at Blue Ridge will never force or sedate a dog to give a blood donation. They take about 30 minutes or so to assess your pet’s comfortability level.
How the Procedure Works
The blood, in most cases, is drawn from the jugular vein at the neck. This spot is cleaned and shaved before needle insertion. The procedure takes only about 30 minutes. During this time, your stellar and superhero pet will receive a lot of praise, love, and treats! Pets recover quickly and can go on with their days as usual.
More About Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank
Congrats! You’ve decided to honor National Blood Donor Month by volunteering your canine companion to be a blood donor. Now what? You can contact Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank at 540-507-2940. Since 1993, they’ve helped to save lives and have 15 convenient locations in Maryland and Virginia. They even come right to Mount Carmel Animal Hospital to collect donations, so you won’t have to travel far! Here are some of their donor requirements:
- Your pet must be over 40 pounds
- Your pet must be 1-7 years old.
- Pets have to be up-to-date on DHPP vaccinations, preventative schedules, and monthly flea/tick/heartworm prevention and cannot be on any long-term medications
- Your pet must be people-friendly
Is your pet a blood donor? What a difference they are creating in the world!
Here at Mount Carmel Animal Hospital, We’ll Treat Your Pets Like Family!
Mount Carmel Animal Hospital has been serving the Northern Baltimore/Southern York community for over 30 years and is proud to be an independently operated, small animal practice committed to excellence in veterinary medicine and client service. From grooming to wellness services, along with Canine Life Skills Training Courses, and surgical procedures, we have the expertise that will best serve the needs of you and your pet. Contact us at 410-343-0200 and follow us on Facebook!