IndyVet needs cat, dog blood donors

INDIANAPOLIS - Dogs and cats are needed to donate blood for a central Indiana pet blood bank.

IndyVet Emergency and Specialty Hospital (IndyVet) on the city's south side announced Tuesday it needs at least 50 new donors to enroll in its blood donor program.

About 300 local veterinary clinics get blood from the IndyVet blood bank for pets with trauma, anemia and other medical needs, but IndyVet said at least 10 clinics are on a back order list.

"The demand for blood is increasing, while the number of donors is staying flat," said IndyVet’s blood bank manager Amy McKamey.

To qualify to be a blood donor, animals must:

  • Be between 1 and 8 years old
  • Weigh a minimum of 35 pounds for dogs or 9 pounds for cats
  • Be in good general health and current on vaccinations
  • Take a heart worm preventative (dogs)

Pets that meet the requirements can then visit IndyVet by appointment, where they'll be screened for diseases and must pass a physical and behavioral test.

Approved donors are expected to give at least six times each year, but more donations can be made.

McKamey said each donation can save two to four lives.

There is no cost to enroll in the program, and donors could receive perks including free annual exams, blood work, vaccines and heartworm tests, and discounted medication and emergency services.

Some breeds are universal donors, including boxers, pit bulls, mastiffs, greyhounds and American bulldogs, but other breeds can apply to be donors.

For more information on IndyVet’s canine and feline blood donor program, log on IndyVet.com, or call 317-782-4484.

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