Many vets and animal clinics offer rewards for dogs that donate blood…
Some of the rewards that some places offer include…
- Bags of food and treats
- Free checkups
- Free vaccinations
- Flee, tick and Heart worm prevention tablets
- Free blood tests
- Doggie goodie bags
- The main incentive though – saving the life of another dog!
Enquire with your local vet or animal hospital to learn what they offer.
Just like humans, dogs require blood transfusions when they are sick or injured.
So… what are some of the reasons dogs require blood?
- Chronic anemia
- Blood disorders
- Poisoning requiring blood flushing (snake bites, eating poison)
- Accidents which result in blood loss
- Blood clotting
- Septic shock
- Kidney or liver failure
- Low protein levels
The story of Mo & Molly is here
“Not only do police dogs fight crime, they now also donate their blood to save other dogs lives.”
Mechelle Sahyoun, Puppy Raising Coordinator, SPG Dog Unit
The NSW Police Dog squad usually have some of their dogs drop into SASH animal hospital to donate blood – Sometimes that blood may even save the life of one of their fellow police dogs. This great article and video from The Sydney Morning Herald, takes a look at how NSW’s Police Dog Squad is going beyond its duty by donating blood to SASH – an animal hospital in Ryde, Sydney.
Greyhounds have become some of the best blood donors, saving many of their furry friends lives.
The fact they have a universal blood type, which means their blood can help any breed of dog, a beautiful and calm nature and a long neck. These features make them perfect blood donors.
Here are some great articles on Greyhound donors
- 55 retired racing greyhounds donating blood and saving lives
- Check out this article from the Chicago Journal on Miley the retired racing greyhound, is on her way to donating blood for the first time -
- Great story of how the greyhound Big Hurley saved the life of a little puppy called Buddy after a blood transfusion -
Check out this great story on Mitzy who ate rat poisoning and required a blood transfusion to save her life and the great dogs that saved her life at the Animal Adelaide Hospital.
Just like humans, dogs are involved in accidents or have diseases and health problems that require blood transfusions.
Here is a great story of how a blood transfusion saved one of the NSW police squad dogs – http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/231749/Dog_Squad_become_blood_donors.pdf