Can My Dog Be A Hero?
OSVS depends on the generosity and cooperation of a group of dogs and their owners – who truly are the heroes ensuring that we have life-saving blood components available at all times.
Donor dogs must weigh more than 50 pounds and be between the ages of 1 year and 8 years old. Donors must have a good overall temperament, be in good health, and up to date on vaccines (although they cannot donate within the month after vaccination). Dogs should be currently maintained on heartworm prevention and should not be on any other medications other than flea and tick products. Females cannot donate if they have ever been pregnant as this makes their blood undesirable for transfusion to another dog.
Owners must be willing to bring their dogs in for at least three donations per year. This is because the screening process for each dog is expensive. If a dog does not donate three times in a year, the owner will be financially responsible for a portion of the screening tests. Dogs that donate at least three times a year qualify for our incentive program (explained fully in our informational brochure).
For more information on the donation process, please read Ocean State Veterinary Specialists’ informational brochure.
If you are interested in enrolling your dog in the program, please email Katti Teixeira, our blood bank coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.