• Indy vets remind owners that dogs and cats also need blood donations

    December 15, 2011 No comments

    Indianapolis veterinarians are reminding pet owners that animal blood donations are just as important as human blood drives.

    The Indianapolis Veterinary Emergency Center encourages blood donations by cats and dogs to help other animals undergoing surgery.

    In addition to helping during surgeries, IVEC says the blood supply is used for transfusions, to clear the blood of flea anemia and to help puppies survive the Parvovirus.

    Like humans, animals have different blood types. Donations are accepted from dogs or cats up until they are 8 years old. IVEC said it particularly looks for what it calls universal donors, which include most “bully” breeds, like pit bulls, bull dogs and boxers.

    Animals can donate six to eight times per year. For more information, visit www.indyvet.com . Or, to begin donating call 317-782-4484.

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