I’ve talked before about how a few of my greyhounds are blood donors. On Sunday I took Moose to the Salem Emergency Veterinary Clinic for a donation and since it was planned, there were enough hands on deck that I could stand back and take pictures.
Normally, I am right in there beside my hound as they are drawing the blood.
My guys usually settle down after the first time and just stand there.
On many occasions, we have been able to meet both the dog and their owners. It’s very touching when you know you have helped save a life. I know how grateful I would be if my dog needed blood to save his life.
A team of four assists with the blood draw. The veterinarian draws the blood and holds the needle in place. A tech holds the head, another tech holds the body and this time, a second veterinarian is rocking the blood and weighing it as it pumps into the bag. Normally, I’m holding the back end of my hound.
Since they have such thin skin, greyhounds are famous for getting small bruises under the skin. A little bit of ice held to the area helps to reduce the bruising. It doesn’t show up so much on black dogs, but the fawn and white dogs always show their hickeys.
Greyhounds can donate blood until they are 8 years old, then it is time to retire them from the donating program.
It is a wonderful gift that they can give. If you are interested, talk to your vet or talk to your emergency vet to see if they have a donor program. As you can see, it’s a very easy procedure. Moose sat through the entire draw and was ready run and play in the backyard after. However, activity is restricted for about 24 hours after giving blood.
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