Blood banks are life savers for those in need of a blood transfusion, whether it’s a result of accidents, surgery, or diseases.
Sadly, in the U.S., there are only 10 blood banks for pups, which is why lots of veterinary institutes have set up donor programs for volunteers.
Pups with the universal donor blood type are essential to these kinds of programs, and one donation can save up to four lives. Greyhound breed pups have a nearly 75% chance of being a universal donor, but any pup could carry this blood type.
Most programs require a donor dog to be a healthy adult pup up to date on vaccines who weighs at least 50 pounds, and is preferably relaxed at the vet. If a dog meets these standards, they will be examined, tested for diseases, blood typed, and assessed based on their behavior. A dog accepted into the program will provide blood every 4 to 8 weeks.
During the donation process, pups are spoiled with love and treats by the staff, and each session usually takes about half an hour. The blood will go on to last for about six weeks and will be given to vets and clinics who need them.
If your pup becomes a donor, then you get free vet exams and services of all kinds – blood work, vaccinations, and even microchipping – and your pup will be saving lives around the country. Interested? Check out this list of blood banks and veterinary institutions with a donor program in the US. If you don’t have one locally, talk to your vet about setting one up! Do like and share!