Thursday, August 15, 2013

Canine Blood Donation Program

We have a canine blood donation program.  Dogs that we have selected have been blood typed.  These dogs are current on their vaccinations and previous to entering the program where given an exam, blood chemistries and a complete blood count were done and they tested negative for heartworm disease.  Blood donors can donate as often as every 6 weeks and generally give 400-450mls of blood.  The blood in stored in the refrigerator for up to 28 days.  When one of our patients needs a transfusion we are able to use the blood we have stored.  Blood transfusions may be given to patients who are having a major surgery, for anemia or decreased platelet count.

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