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The Canadian Animal Blood Bank

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« on: May 25, 2007, 02:59:02 am »

I was very happy to read this ..

Come on over, Rover, some of your blood is needed

It's not only humans who are required to donate blood.

The Canadian Animal Blood Bank needs more than 400 big and healthy dogs to be brought forward to donate blood to help other canines who need blood transfusions.

The Winnipeg-based blood bank's supplies are running low, to the point where lab director Beth Knight said she has no donated blood left.

Meanwhile, the demand from veterinarians across Canada is high to give transfusions to dogs needing surgery or having illnesses such as anemia or parvovirus infections.

"It runs the gamut from either injury, like a car accident or just dogs being dogs to infections from parvoviral puppies to post-surgery complications," Knight said.

Knight said she hopes to add 400 new donors to the current roster of nearly 300 dogs, and looks forward to the next canine blood clinic that takes place Jan. 4 at Red River College in Winnipeg.

"Last year at this time we have collected about 230 donor units
and this year we've surpassed that and we're up to nearly 280 [donor units]," she said.

Only 5 minutes

Knight says it takes about five minutes for a 23-kilogram dog to donate a 450-millilitre unit of blood, the same amount a human gives in a blood donation.

Donor dogs must be even-tempered, at least 23 kilograms in weight, between the ages of one and eight years and have their vaccinations up to date. Female donors must be spayed and have no previous litters.

The blood is drawn from a small area on the dog's neck, according to information on the blood bank's website.

"I love my job because I get to see phenomenal donors who are eager to come in," Knight said.

"They want to be touched and petted and they love the interaction, the amount of time is so small that these fairly large dogs are up on a table, it's less than five minutes and we're able to collect that whole unit."

The Canadian Animal Blood Bank also operates a clinic at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton.

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2007, 03:13:38 am »

Wow! it's so heartening to read such things.  I am sure in Canada the veterinary hospitals are much better equipped than hospitals for humans in Afghanistan and many other third world countries.

If you tell people about such animal care, they say that these countries are rich and stable so they can afford it.  But I think it's not just about money.  No doubt money is a very important factor.  But it's just as much about values
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