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Most people would never think about it, donating blood is something humans do, not animals? But the reality is that every day pets just like yours need blood transfusions. For many procedures and emergencies a transfusion is a necessity and can be lifesaving.
When an animal is brought into a hospital with a terrible injury or has been hit by a car, the probability of internal bleeding is high. This means the animal will be losing blood at a very fast rate and will lessen the time your vet has to make a difference and save that animal’s life. There are many other reasons why blood transfusions are essential to the animal world, things like tick bite fever, rat poisoning, anaemia or low blood platelets.
In human medicine, supplies of blood and blood products are available through the efforts of the National Blood Transfusion Service. Vets however must rely on their own resources.
By becoming an animal blood donor, you are not only allowing your pet to help vets save other pets lives, but also ensuring that one day if anything had to happen to your beloved pet, that they would have that extra fighting chance with blood transfusions.
Joining the TAH Blood Bank is fairly simple; all you need to do is fill in a registration form that will ask you simple questions like your pets’ age, weight and health history. Once all the information has been processed and approved, your pet will be required to be admitted into hospital for the day. Your pet will need to be admitted with an empty stomach, which means the last meal will be supper the night before admission. One of our friendly receptionists will have your pet weighed. Once your pet is admitted, one of our expert vets will do a free full clinical examination including a blood sample for an examination of the blood count and cells by our lab technician. If, as we expect, the results of the clinical and the blood tests are normal, we will then proceed with the donation process.
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