The Companion Animal Specialty & Emergency Hospital Blood Donor Program
How you and your pet can help.
Blood transfusions save lives. The Companion Animal Specialty & Emergency Hospital Blood Donor Program has been developed to meet the rising need to have dog and cat blood and blood components available for transfusions at all times. This need can no longer be met with the use of commercial blood banks and/or the contributions of staff-owned pets. You and your pet can help save the lives of critically ill animals. We are reaching out to other pet owners who care as much as we do about the health and well being of animals, animals that may not live another day without a life-saving blood transfusion.
Blood donations save lives – Have your pet join our team of Animal Heroes today!
Orion & Bessie
When do animals need transfusions?
As in a human blood bank, donated blood is stored until it is needed for transfusion. At a busy emergency and critical care facility like CASE, this need arises often. Medical problems that necessitate transfusion therapy include:
• traumatic injury where large volumes of blood may have been lost
• prolonged internal bleeding
• parasitic diseases of the red blood cells
• diseases that can cause the body to destroy its own blood cells
While many of these conditions are medically manageable once a diagnosis is made and the bleeding and/or destruction of the cells has ceased, a blood transfusion may be the best life-saving treatment option available for these patients.
What qualifies my pet to become a donor?
Dogs should be greater than fifty pounds, one to seven years of age, current on vaccinations, not on any medications, in good overall health, and have a friendly disposition.
Cats should be greater than ten pounds, one to seven years of age, current on vaccinations, FELV/FIV negative, not on any medications, in good overall health, be indoor only, and have a friendly disposition.
Regular visits to a veterinarian are essential in maintaining your pet’s good health. All donors should be participating in a preventative health care program with their family veterinarian. We will contact your veterinarian for your pet’s medical record and will be sure to fax them any blood work results so it can be added to your pet’s medical history.
Contact us today for more info at: 815-479-9119 or [email protected]