Donating blood is an integral part of many people's lives. After all, the donated blood can help people and save lives.
Why donate blood?
The causes for a necessary blood donation in dogs are manifold. So it may be that the animal was involved in an accident in which it has lost large amounts of blood. An operation in the veterinary clinic can also lead to a loss of blood that is significantly above the level that was expected. In addition, dogs can also suffer from diseases in which, for example, the red blood cells can no longer serve. In any case, the lack of blood or red blood cells is a life-threatening situation that dogs can not survive without help. Veterinary clinics have no way to rely on artificial alternatives, which is why they rely on real blood from donor dogs.
If you want to donate blood to your own dog, you can save a dog's life in an emergency. As with humans, not all dogs are equally suitable for donations. Thus, a dog who goes to the blood donation should weigh at least twenty kilograms and be additionally younger than ten years. It is obvious that there are no underlying diseases that could be transmitted to other dogs as a result of blood donation. The breed is not relevant when donating blood. A collie can use the blood of an Irish Wolfhound in theory as well as an English Bulldog. Also, a dog may not be taken more than four times a year blood in this amount.
The course of a blood donation
To go with the dog to donate blood, the animal must first be registered. This is done through the numerous blood banks for animals that are now available in Germany. Your own veterinarian will certainly be pleased to give you information and to show you the possibilities of contact.