There is no doubt about the people in my life that I really love my dogs. They live a very comfortable life.
Last year I heard that there was a critical shortage of blood donor dogs in my area. I had never considered it before, to have blood for dogs that need a transfusion, there must also be & # 39; blood donor dogs & # 39; to be. I notice that many people do not know that this program exists.
There are many reasons why dogs need transfusions, not only because of an injury, but also because of a variety of medical conditions such as anemia, certain cancers, exposure to toxins and various other heart-wrenching situations.
I immediately called to see if my dog was a candidate and had planned his intake appointment. The program qualifies dogs that are eligible to donate approximately every 12 weeks. This costs me nothing but a little time and in exchange for Milo who donates blood he receives a free annual exam and blood panel, for every donation he gets a quick veterinary check and lots of treats. We also receive annual medication for pest prevention. I am not sure that every blood donor program offers this except ours.
It is really very simple and harmless for Milo. He met the required weight of more than 55 pounds. Donor dogs can be between 1 and 6 years old without health problems. Dogs also have different blood types and some are more universal than others. Because Milo is a & # 39; valuable & # 39; blood type, we will donate every time he can until he gets older, because he can help most dogs this way. Today Milo donated blood and I took some pictures to show everyone how easy it is! Perhaps you have a dog that can become a blood donor dog … and become a hero to families who need this most costly option for a transfusion to save their pet. Milo's sister will soon make her intake appointment to see if she qualifies.
You can search online for a donation clinic in your area or ask your dog's primary vet for information about your dog becoming a blood donor dog.
Milo is always excited to go on an adventure
He's a big boy. We were told Pit Lab mix, but because of its size … well, it has something else in it
When we arrive for his gift appointment, he receives a quick exam and lots of treats
Then we get his 80 + lbs muscles on the examination table. Because he is young and wiggly, we give him a very small dose of sedative to help him relax before the donation
Once he has had a few more donations (this was his second), we can do this without the tranquilizer
The vet shaves a small spot in his neck. The needle is very easy to insert with the hair away
Because Milo had a little thing to get rid of the edge, he is happy to remain silent and hear what a good boy he is
It only takes a few minutes to collect a blood donation
Here you can see that it is ready and ready for more of those delights. This photo shows the bit of extra craziness that the anesthetic has on him
Milo is ready for his rewards – a whole glimpse of good dog food
I jokingly said "it's enough to save 12 chihuahuas," and the vet said, "or 4 bigger dogs"
Milo is happy to take a nap and enjoy the day away. This only takes a few hours of my year to allow him to participate in the blood donor program