Summer brings more pets outside, and invariably, that results in more animal fights and vehicular strikes. And where there’s trauma, there’s often a need for blood.
Regional veterinary blood banks are able to supply clinics within a relatively short time. But if an animal needs blood at a moment’s notice and a clinic’s supply is depleted, a local blood donor can save the day.
More and more veterinary clinics are starting donor programs using cats and dogs volunteered by their pet parents. Donors need to be healthy themselves, and they usually must be a minimum weight and within a specified age range. Once approved, they can donate blood every few months.
Clinics often have compensation programs for pet donors. So, if your pet has the makings of a hero, ask your veterinarian if blood donation is a possibility.