Dogs Need Blood Donations Too And You And Your Pup Can Help
They say giving blood is one of the more fulfilling things you can do as a human being... But what about our four-legged friends?
Yes, dog blood transfusions exist. Not only do they exist, but awareness around the importance of them is growing at a rapid rate.
Donate with a Mate, the world's first human and canine blood donation service will launch tomorrow.
"It is crazy! Not many people know that these services not only exist, but are of huge importance" Donate with a Mate's Nick Zonnios said.
"I've had dogs my whole life, and I certainly had no idea - so it's a discussion we need to start having."
There are thousands of sick and injured dogs, who not unlike humans, would benefit from the services of a blood transfusion.
How Does It Work?
The dogs are hooked up to an IV, with a needle inserted into a prominent vein in the forelimbs, and a portion of blood is taken, identified, and stored for use when a dog presents needing that corresponding blood type to help cure an ailment.
Dogs have a lot of blood types
In humans, the four main blood types are A, B, AB and O.
In dogs, this number more than triples, with 13 seen frequently enough to be classified as a main blood type.
Zonnios said this increased number can create problems.
"There's already a smaller pool of blood that can be distributed to those dogs in need, and the fact that that is diluted down to a wide range of different types, certainly makes things tricky."
"If we can grow the base of blood that we have, then transfusions for sick and affected dogs can definitely become common-place."
The Donate with a Mate campaign takes place tomorrow in Miranda, NSW, with future events around Australia to be announced soon.
All the details can be found here.