With the holiday season upon us, I’m naturally thinking about gifts. Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. It’s said that giving blood is the gift of life. Just like humans, animals need blood banks too. A safe, regulated supply of blood is necessary for surgeries or transfusions such as in a case of poisoning.
Here in Canada, the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CAAB) is in need of canine donors to help keep their reserves up as we head into the holiday season. Much like how Canadian Blood Services exists for people, the CAAB is a non-profit organization that supplies canine blood to Canadian veterinarians.
The organization is based in Winnipeg, where collected blood is processed & stored, but it also has collection sites in Toronto, Calgary & Edmonton. Each blood donation can potentially help two dogs.
I myself would donate but do to my idiopathic epilepsy, my blood has too many AED’s (anti epileptic drugs) in it.
To donate a dog needs to be:
- in good health,
- at least 55 pounds ( 25 kg. )
- one to eight years old
- up to date with vaccinations
Some larger breeds, such as Great Danes or Mastiffs, need to wait longer to donate because they are not yet fully grown after one year.
The process is very similar what a human goes through when donating blood. It takes about 20 minutes start to finish. Upon arrival, dogs are weighed, a sample is taken to test for packed cell volume & protein levels. If everything is good, the dog is put on an exam table while it’s human is shown how to help the process go smoothly. This naturally includes treats. The actual donation only takes a few minutes, during which time 450 to 500 milliliters of blood are collected. Dogs who are eligible can safely donate every three months.
How fascinating. Has your good dog ever donated blood? Perhaps you’ve needed blood in an emergency. I’d be interested in hearing your story.
CEO Olivia ❤
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