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Why do dogs need blood transfusions?

11 Oct

Just like humans, dogs require blood transfusions when they are sick or injured.

So… what are some of the reasons dogs require blood?

–       Hemorrhaging

–       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

Molly (left) saved Mo’s life after he ate rat poison by donating blood for a blood transfusion.

The story of Mo & Molly is here



Police dogs donate blood too.

9 Oct

“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

Channel 9 looks at police dogs donating blood. 

This article from Police Monthly talks about how one of the dog squad dogs was saved by a blood transfusion and how this experience encouraged the Police Dog Squad to become regular donors

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. 

NSW police dog donating blood at SASH in Sydney.

Many retired greyhounds donate blood

8 Oct

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

This greyhound Big Hurley saved the life of this little puppy buddy after a blood transfusion

Where can dogs donate blood in Australia

3 Oct

Most veterinary clinics also have blood donations facilities. Contact your local vet for more informationor you can visit these specialised blood donation hospitals.


–       SASH vets, North Ryde, Sydney –


–       The University of Melbourne Canine Blood Bank –


–       Adelaide Animal Hospital (Four locations – Trinity Gardens, Burnside, Prospect & Cumberland Park) –


–       Darwin Mobile Vet service, Wulagi –

–       Darwin Veterinary Center, Biggin Hill –

Please comment below if you have any other suggestions of where dogs can donate blood in Australia.

What is required if my dog gives blood

1 Oct

There is a big need for canine blood donations around Australia. If you want your dog to save the lives of other dogs they can donate their blood in a simple transaction.

What does a blood donation involve for my dog?

–      A physical examination and a blood sample to check the dog is healthy

–      Very similar to a human donating blood

–      The jugular vein on the neck of the dog is used to collect the blood

–      A small patch of hair is shaved and cleaned before the donation is given

–      It requires only 15 minutes of yours and your dogs time

–      Dogs can donate blood every four weeks

Many animal hospitals and clinics offer rewards for dogs that do donate blood, like free food, injections, check ups etc. Enquire with your local hospital to see what benefits they can offer you and your dog.

A little bit about dogs donating blood

1 Oct

Just like us, dogs often require life saving blood transfusions if they are injured. However, often veterinary clinics and animal hospitals have only a small amount of donor blood or none on hand, meaning vets cannot administer live saving treatment for people’s pets. If you’re interested in having your dog donate blood here are some facts you should know.

Recommendations for dogs donating blood (some animals hospitals vary from one another)

  • They should be over 25 kilograms
  • Aged between 2 and 8 years old
  • Have up to date vaccinations
  • Be friendly, calm and happy dogs

If you think your dog fits this description they could donate blood and save the lives of other dogs!

Dogs need blood too.

5 Sep

Just like humans, dogs need blood too.

You may be unaware that your dog can help another dog when they are in need. Dogs can donate blood to local vets and animal hospitals just like humans can!