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Canine and Feline Blood Donors
Dogs Saving Dogs
Dr. Treadwell can help your hospital set up a blood donor program!
Why do dogs need blood?
Dogs need blood transfusion for many different reasons. The most common conditions are trauma (i.e. hit by a car), rat poison or other toxins, anemia, bleeding problems, severe illnesses (like liver disease or cancer). Even dogs with severe intestinal parasites may need blood transfusions.
Do dogs have the same blood types as people?
No. Dogs have at least six well defined blood types, also known as dog erythrocyte antigens (DEA). The universal blood type for dogs is DEA 1.1 negative. This blood type can be given to any dog, so it?s the blood type that we look for first. Other blood types are used when necessary.
Can my dog donate blood to save another dog's life?
Your dog could be a life saver if he/she is:
Between 1-6 years old
Between 50 and 100 pounds
Happy and healthy
Current on vaccinations and takes monthly heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention
Spayed or neutered. (And has never had a litter of puppies.)
How does a canine blood donor program work?
Dr. Treadwell can help veterinary hospitals set up a program to screen donors, test, collect and store blood products. Making life saving blood available to dogs and cats who need transfusions.