OKLAHOMA CITY — Brody the dog was at the vet for a routine neutering, when something went terribly wrong and placed him in dire need of a blood transfusion. Fortunately the clinic that he was at, had a blood donor dog available and a quick call got Brody the life-saving transfusion he needed. Brody was lucky. Yet, not every clinic has access to donated blood, as a lot of pet owners don’t realize that their dog could be eligible to become a blood donor.
This particular clinic has a list of nine dogs on rotation that can donate blood at any time. Given that the blood only has a shelf life of thirty days, it is important for the clinic to have dogs and cats donate every 3-6 months. Neel Veterinary Hospital has outlined that dogs who are between 50-100 pounds, up-to-date on shots, fit and spayed (females), are ideal candidates to become donors. It is also important for the dog to have a universal blood type, which will be determined at your local clinic. Generally German Shepherds make for the best donors due to their blood type and stature but other dogs can also donate.
Neel Veterinary Hospital also adds that dogs can donate once every three months and that the whole procedure generally only takes fifteen minutes. Naturally, your pooch will also receive a treat after the procedure is complete. If you’re interested in turning your dog into a blood donor, talk to your local veterinary clinic today.