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Everything Animals: Pet blood donations

Burlington, Vermont -- September 27, 2011

You've probably heard of blood drives for people, but did you know your pets can also donate blood?

Jennifer Bergeron from American Red Cross and Katie Henderson with Burlington Emergency Veterinarian Specialists joined us to talk about the process and why the pet donations are so important.

Dogs have at least 7 different blood types; cats have two very different ones.

Pet blood transfusions are needed for bleeding disorders, red blood cell destruction, clotting factor deficiencies, platelet disorders, and protein-losing conditions.

Pets can be registered at the People & Pet Blood Drive on Friday, Sept. 30 from 11-4 at 200 Commerce Street, Williston, VT. (Please note that only humans are donating blood at this drive.)

Eligibility requirements:

Dogs:

- healthy adults weighing more than 66 lbs

- normal annual physical exam, current vaccinations, on only preventative flea, tick, and heartworm medications

- negative for blood-transmitted diseases (Heartworm, Lyme, etc.)

Cats:

- healthy adults weighing more than 11 lbs, 100 percent indoor habitat

- normal physical exam, current vaccinations

- negative for feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus and feline infectious anemia

Steps Performed:

- Donor's red blood cell amount is tested

- Mild sedation is administered

- Collection is performed via jugular vein (approx. 450 mL from dogs, 60 mL from cats)

- After donation, some animals receive IV fluids

- Donor's red blood cell amount is tested again

For more information, visit the Association for Veterinary Hematology & Transfusion Medicine at http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/org-AVHTM/links.asp

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