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.

NSW

–       SASH vets, North Ryde, Sydney – http://www.sashvets.com/services/bloodbank.shtml

VICTORIA

–       The University of Melbourne Canine Blood Bank – http://vh.unimelb.edu.au/group.php?groupID=574

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

–       Adelaide Animal Hospital (Four locations – Trinity Gardens, Burnside, Prospect & Cumberland Park) – http://adelaidevet.com.au/blood-donor-program

NORTHERN TERRITORY

–       Darwin Mobile Vet service, Wulagi – http://localvet.com.au/darwinmobilevetservice/BloodDonorProgram.aspx

–       Darwin Veterinary Center, Biggin Hill – http://www.darwinvets.com/dogs/blood-donors-wanted

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!

Video

CNN covers dogs donating blood

20 Sep

Media Coverage

5 Sep

Dogs donating blood on Channel 9

Dogs donate blood on Sydney Morning Herald

Dog Donors on ABC

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!