Nationwide Blood Shortage Impacting Pets Throughout The Commonwealth


Finn the cat (left) and Bruin the dog (right)Photo: Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties

WALPOLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – Veterinarians south of Boston are in need of blood donors for dogs and cats.

Dr. Tara N. Hammond, DVM, DACVECC, is with Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties in Walpole. She said blood donations are extremely important for her feline and canine patients.

“We see a lot of pets where blood transfusions are life-saving," Dr. Hammond said, "whether they’ve had trauma.”

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Pets typically sustain these kinds of injuries from incidents like being hit by a car, dog fighting or coyote attacks. Dr. Hammond added that there is a critical shortage of blood donations for dogs and cats nationwide, including in Massachusetts.

“We give hundreds of transfusions a year so we’re very, very thankful for the people that do enroll their pets."

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Interested pet owners can contact Tufts VETS in Walpole or the Foster Hospital for Small Animals in Grafton to learn more on how to donate. If their pets qualify, a $50 credit will go onto the pet owner’s account.

Dogs have to be 1 to 8 years old, greater than 50 pounds, up to date on vaccines/preventatives, friendly, not on any medications, and spayed/neutered.

Cats have to be 1 to 8 years old, greater than 10 pounds, up to date on vaccines/preventatives, friendly, not on any medications, spayed/neutered, and indoor only.

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