For many people, regular blood donation is a “matter of honor” because it literally saves lives. Unfortunately, many dog owners do not know that dogs can also donate blood. Not, of course, to save people’s lives, but to their fellows. As is so often the case, the motto “Like humans, so animals” applies. Dog blood donation hardly affects the donor dog, but is vital for the recipient of the blood donation.
Twelve different blood types in dogs make operations difficult
Speaking of humans, animals: dogs also have different blood types. Twelve to be precise. That is why it is so important that as many dogs as possible donate blood or are entered in the blood banks, because the blood group must also be correct when transmitting dog blood. There is even a real emergency service. As a rule, the dogs donate blood, which is then stored as canned food for around 30 days. However, if there is an emergency operation and the dog blood with the corresponding blood group is not available, the veterinarians or the veterinary clinics should contact the dog owners directly. For this to be possible, the animal must first be entered in the database, which is possible with the first blood donation if desired.
Bad cards for Paris Hilton’s lapdog
The requirements for donor dogs are not much different from those for donor people. The animal should be fully grown and naturally healthy. Ideally, the blood donation dog is between the ages of two and nine, which is the best dog age.
Vigorous dogs are preferred by the veterinarians and the veterinary clinics, since more blood can naturally be obtained from them. As a rule, the dog should already weigh 20 kilos; Paris Hilton’s lapdog would be turned away immediately. Unlike other blood suckers, donating blood doesn’t harm the dog either. In a dog that consumes balanced dog food with a high proportion of animal proteins, the blood drawn has regenerated within three weeks.
In total, a dog has an estimated 90 milliliters of blood per kilogram of body weight. With a dog blood donation up to 550 milliliters are withdrawn. Veterinarians recommend that dogs go to blood donation three to four times a year. Blood donation does not cost dog owners any money – and they even benefit from the fact that every blood donation dog must have a free blood test. Some illnesses were therefore discovered early enough in the blood donation, which would otherwise have worsened undetected.
Curious: dog saves cat’s life
As the Focus reported, there was even a curiosity in New Zealand this summer. Because a hangover suffered from severe internal bleeding, for which a blood transfusion was absolutely necessary, the treating veterinarian “tapped” a Labrador and gave the hangover a blood transfusion with the dog blood. The cat tolerated the blood of the dog and was saved thanks to the courageous measure – what a happy ending!