Dec 13, 2007

Hunt for doggy donors

Every day our four-legged companions suffer from many of the same health conditions that humans do. So it's no surprise that canines need blood transfusions too. Dog's may require transfusions in cases of trauma, surgery, disease and poisoning.

More than 1,000 dogs benefit each year form crucial blood and plasma transfusions. I recently spoke with Bruce Parry, associate professor and head of the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne.

The Canine Blood Bank located at the University's Veterinary Hospital is the only registered supplier of blood cells for pets in Australia.

Bruce said the supplies at the hospital are seriously low and the clinic desperately needs more canine blood donors.

Anyone with a healthy dog over 26kg, aged between one and six can become a canine blood donor. Donors must also be up-to-date with vaccinations and heartworm prevention.

For those Dogs Life readers who would like to get involved, there are plenty of participating veterinary clinics across Melbourne where volunteers can take their dogs to donate blood and support this great cause.

For details of all participating clinics and donor dates visit or call (03) 9731 2328.

And if you missed our Saving Lives - Blood Donor Dogs story in the #85 September/October 2007 issue of Dogs Life, call Subscriptions on 1300 303 414 to grab a copy!

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