Due to overwhelming demand at DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital and local area clinics, the DoveLewis Blood Bank is currently running critically low on several canine blood types. New volunteer canine blood donors are needed to continue the lifesaving efforts of the program.
“Just one donation can help treat up to four animals,” said Ron Morgan, DoveLewis president and CEO. “We call our donors Superheroes because they are truly saving lives.” DoveLewis will treat more than 20,000 patients this year, and demand for blood transfusions increases during summer months due to a surge in patients during this time.
Each year, the DoveLewis Blood Bank provides enough blood and plasma for more than 700 transfusions throughout Oregon and the United States. Transfusions are typically required during surgeries, for animals with immune deficiency disorders, and for animals suffering from traumas.
Canine blood donors must meet a few basic requirements, including:
- 1-6 years old
- 55+ pounds
- Healthy and current on vaccines
- Gentle disposition
The donation process is quick, easy and painless for both the canine donor and the owner. DoveLewis asks volunteers to commit to giving blood for two years (four to six donations per year). Donors also receive a variety of medical benefits.
Pet owners interested in learning more can visit dovelewis.org/blood-bank.