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K-State Today

September 17, 2020

Veterinary Health Center looking for canine blood donors

Submitted by Brooke Neiberger

The K-State Veterinary Health Center is looking for volunteer K-9 blood donors.

Just like people, dogs have diseases or injuries that require blood transfusions. Many of the center's canine patients receive transfusions, and the dogs enrolled in the Canine Blood Donor Program provide the blood products for them. The demand for blood products for our patients increases every year. We need volunteer blood donors to ensure that every patient in need can be treated.

Healthy dogs 1 to 5 years of age and weighing more than 55 pounds can safely donate a unit of blood every eight weeks.

Canine blood donors will receive an annual health screening consisting of a physical examination, appropriate vaccinations, blood tests such as a complete blood cell count, serum chemistry, heartworm test and a stool examination for intestinal parasites. For protection of the donor and the blood supply, we provide monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas and tick-borne infectious diseases.

Contact vhcblooddonor@vet.k-state.edu to enroll your dog or see the flyer for more information