Warrensville Heights, Ohio –
It’s January. National Blood Donor Month in the United States. As we told you, there is a shortage of supply across the country.
Also affected: pets! Veterinarians are sounding the alarm about their dwindling reserves, while looking for four-legged heroes to help save lives.
Headed towards us. VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists to talk to them about donating blood for pets in Warrensville Heights.
At any time they should be ready to donate the pet’s blood.
“We’re an emergency facility. Patients come in and you never know what you’re going to get,” said Dr. Katie Frantz, a critical care specialist and medical director of VCA Great Lakes.
A 24-hour emergency facility often sees pets in their most critical condition, making the blood supply an important part of its life-saving team.
“We always want to make sure we have enough in the hospital because it’s very common that we’re dying,” says Dr. Frantz.
There are many reasons why your pet may need blood, starting with trauma, accident or surgery – whether planned or emergency.
Some autoimmune diseases and Coagulation disorder A transfer may also be required.
VCA Great Lakes uses blood banks to stock its supply, but also relies on pre-screened pets to donate in a pinch.
“Unfortunately, one of the blood banks supplying blood to various veterinary hospitals is currently out of business for an unknown period of time. Hopefully this will be temporary but this recent change has increased the demand for blood products in dogs and cats. increased,” said Dr. Frantz.
VCA Great Lakes is working on expanding its donor list.
“We’re in the early stages of mobilizing things so that we can get people in the community to contact us to get blood donors screened,” Frantz said.
Dogs must weigh more than 50 pounds and be between 1 and 7 years old (some banks may allow dogs up to 8 years old) to be donated. They should be up to date on all vaccines and have a friendly disposition. No one likes needles, but pets should be able to tolerate these types of veterinary appointments.
The same goes for cats, but they must weigh at least 4.5 kg, or about 10 pounds.
gave Blood type DEA is 1.1 – negative in dogs most in demand. Most cats are type A, but Dr. Frantz says a “B” is always welcome.
Among dog breeds, Frantz says greyhounds are some of the best donors. This is due to the percentage of red blood cells in their blood. And it’s likely that more greyhounds are looking for a universal blood type.
No matter the breed, or blood type – just one pint of your pet’s blood can save four lives.
“Many patients who receive a blood transfusion, regardless of the underlying cause that brought them to the hospital, will die without that transfusion,” Dr. Frantz said.
Ask your veterinarian if your pet would be a good candidate for donating blood or plasma. If the practice you visit doesn’t have its own blood bank, staff can recommend one in the area.
Sometimes veterinarians collect blood for regional blood banks, ensuring you don’t have to travel far if your pet becomes a donor.
VCA Great Lakes is working on expanding its donor program soon. You can learn more about their services. Here.
Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, in both Akron and Highland Heights, has a blood donor program that is currently accepting canines. learn more Here
Strongsville Animal Hospital has information about donating blood. Here
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center has a dedicated blood bank. learn more Here