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."
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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