10th July 2021
Seeking blood donors – an appeal from Dr Judith.
Hello everyone, I’m writing to ask for your help. I’m sure you are aware of the mouse plague that has swept across the Central West. One result of this is the increased use of Ratbait in houses and on farms. Baits contain anticoagulents – chemicals which stop the blood clotting, and they can have a devastating effect on our pets.
Dogs can sniff out even the best hidden baits and are often poisoned directly. Cats tend to hunt sick or dying rodents, so the poison builds up more slowly inside their bodies. Vets across the region are seeing many dangerously ill pets with bleeding from the gums, or internally into lungs or the abdominal cavity. To save the life of a poisoned pet, our vets must administer drugs to clot the blood but also fresh blood in the form of a transfusion. This is where you come in – with your pet! We need pets to sign up to be blood donors!
Dogs can receive a blood transfusion without “cross matching” (that’s when we test for blood type). To be on the donor list, your dog needs to be a calm temperament, in good health, fully vaccinated, over 18 months but less than 7yrs old, and over 25kgs in weight. When your dog goes on the blood donor list, he or she will receive a FREE health check up and FREE Heartworm test if necessary. If your dog is used for a blood donation, he or she will receive their next vaccination for FREE.
Cats are more complex in that they need blood cross matching before a transfusion. To be a good donor, a cat needs to be over 18 months but less than 7 yrs old, in good health, weigh more than 4kg and vaccinated. Before going on the donor list, your cat will receive a FREE health check up and FIV test. If used for a transfusion, your cat will receive his or her next Vaccination, including FIV, for FREE.
Your cat or dog could save a life!
My own dog Bailey saved many lives. He loved his donation visits to Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital where he got lots of treats and attention, and he was always bouncy and fighting fit the next day.
If you and your pets could help us out by going on the blood donors list, then please ring us on 6360 3071 for more information or to make an appointment. Thank you!