Summer brings increased demand for canine blood donations

08/5/2013 | Baltimore Sun, The

Summer months mean more outdoor play for dogs, and that means more heat-related problems and car accidents and greater need for blood, according to Jocelyn Pratt, who manages the Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank in Loudoun County, Va. Veterinarian Urs Giger, an animal transfusion expert at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, said canine blood donors must have a calm, non-aggressive temperament. "It's a safe procedure, just like in humans, and it's altruistic," Dr. Giger said. "It's extraordinarily important to save the lives of various sick animals with anemia and bleeding disorders."

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