Tag Archives: dogs

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

Dogs saving the lives of their fellow canines

7 Oct

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.


Reasons for a blood transfusion…

5 Oct

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

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 – http://www.sashvets.com/services/bloodbank.shtml


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


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


–       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.