Donor dogs and cats save the lives of neighborhood pets in need by donating blood.
(WMTV) - MADISON, Wis. - Carlos the greyhound enthusiastically walks with Emma Doubleday, UW Veterinary Care Blood Donor Coordinator, to an examination room once a month, where he does something that could save another dog's life: he gives blood. Carlos, a retired racing track dog, is one of the UW Veterinary Care Blood Bank's 29 dogs and 14 cats that donate blood on a regular basis. The blood is used to treat animals that are sick or injured and require transfusions.
Carlos, whose owner works at the clinic, has been a blood donor for two to three years, according to Doubleday. Carlos is a fantastic donor, Doubleday remarked. For starters, he adores people. He looks forward to coming in. He's aware that there's a reward in store, and his 'Mom' claims that he chats the entire way in.
It's extremely crucial, Doubleday said of Carlos and the other donor animals, "because there's no alternative for blood—just as with humans. There are perhaps three other animals at our I.C.U. right now who may benefit from transfusions this week. This week, we've already done five transfusions. It's critical." According to her, the blood bank received roughly 300 donations in 2021.
Carlos remained calm and attentive on the medical table as Doubleday and an assistant drew blood from his jugular vein beneath a numbed and shaved region of his neck. They constantly praised him, reassured him, and rewarded him with a goodie when he finished.
The gifts have saved the lives of canines like Chauncey, who nearly died last fall after consuming some poison. Andy and Wendy Uhl are grateful that the now 15-month-old puppy is still in their life. He was terribly unwell, Andy explained. It still astounds me. We're really baffled as to how it transpired."
After consuming poison, Chauncey was taken to UW Veterinary Care.
Because he was bleeding internally, Chauncey required many transfusions. With the blood from donor canines like Carlos, veterinarians at UW Veterinary Care were able to rescue Chauncey. Because of the donor animals, Andy believes he is still alive. He would have perished as a result.
For Doubleday, seeing donations from dogs like Carlos save the lives of dogs like Chauncey makes it all worthwhile. It's also fantastic to watch it all the way through, she added. I know where it came from and where it went, and I've said it before, but every single donation and blood product contains a piece of my soul. Knowing that something like this had such an impact on so many people's lives? It can't be replaced.
Carlos may be retired from racing, but he's a champion every day in this, according to Doubleday.
Greyhounds, by the way, are universal blood donors for almost all other dogs, but your dog does not have to be a greyhound to donate.
The prerequisites, limits, and rewards for dog and cat donors are listed here. Animals that are donated receive free food, immunizations, preventative examinations, and dental treatment.
The facility is now accepting rabbit blood donations as well.
Call 608-263-7600 or email the UW Veterinary Care Blood Bank for additional information on how your pet can help.