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Blood Donation – Every unit of blood saves up to 4 lives

September 13, 2018 | by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk | Pets

One of our more recent patients Leo, had to have major surgery at Hook Norton Vets (HNVG). Thanks to vet Laura Snyman and the nursing team, we are pleased to report that he is now at home and doing really well, much to the relief of his owners!

We are highlighting Leo’s case as he required a blood transfusion during surgery, which wouldn’t have been possible without a donor. Luckily for Leo, one of our client’s dogs, Elli, came to his rescue and was able to donate blood that helped to save his life.

Many people are unaware that both dogs and cats can help save other animals by being blood donors. The process is similar to the human blood service: dog/cat owners kindly bring along their much-loved companions to be blood typed at our Hook Norton Surgery, where a small amount of blood is taken. At HNVG we do not store blood, so your details will be kept on file and we would only contact you in an emergency, when another patient requires a blood transfusion.

During an emergency procedure, a small amount of blood would be taken prior to the donation, to make sure your pet is fit and healthy. They are then weighed and a percentage of their blood is taken in accordance to their body weight. Once the donation has been given your little lifesaver will be monitored and will remain at the Surgery for a short amount of time, to ensure they have had something to eat and drink. This is very similar to the tea and biscuits humans get when donating blood! Whereas we take a short amount of time to recover, your faithful pet will have to rest at home for 24-48 hours, making the perfect excuse to give them extra hugs and cuddles.

In order to be a donor your dog/cat needs to be:
• Fit and healthy
• Between one and eight years old
• Weigh more than 25kg (dog), or over 4kg (cat)
• Have a good temperament
• Have never travelled abroad
• Vaccinated (not within the last 3 weeks)
• Not on any medication

If you would like more information, or to discuss if your dog or cat could potentially be a donor, please contact the Surgery on 01608 730501.

Written by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk

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