March 12, 2014
IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, located on the Indy’s southeast side, has a very unique canine & feline blood donor program that is facing a critical shortage. That’s right, pets can give blood, too! And they can save anywhere from 2-4 lives with just a single donation.
Not only does IndyVet supply blood for transfusions and surgeries to local vet clinics, but hundreds of veterinary hospitals across the nation rely on them for blood as well. But due to the lack of current donors, IndyVet cannot fulfill the high demand of incoming orders, so this has forced 14 hospitals on a waitlist. This is the first time they’ve ever been back ordered through the winter.
IndyVet is looking for donors across Central Indiana that meet certain requirements. Cats and dogs have to be between 1 and 8 years old, current on vaccines and heartworm medication, and a certain weight (35 pounds for dogs, and 9 pounds for cats).
The blood donor program is absolutely free. Pet owners schedule an initial consultation to see if their pet is an eligible donor, and if they are, the pet is required to donate at least 6 times a year.
Donors even receive special perks— free annual exams, annual vaccines, yearly blood work and heartworm testing, as well as discounts on heartworm and flea medication, and emergency services.