Athena and Aphrodite have become blood donors!
We all realize the importance for blood donations in people, we hear about it all the time in the media. But did you know that the need for blood donations is even greater for our 4 legged babies? I didn't! Aphrodite swallowed a sock that was stuck in her intestines, which led me to Tufts in Grafton for emergency surgery. It was at the front desk where I spotted the flyer about blood donations needed from cats, dogs and horses. I emailed Olivia, the Blood Bank team member as I waited in the lobby and the rest is history as they say. After many questions from me and when Aphrodite was healed and in the clear, I scheduled the girls first appointment. That entailed pre-screening bloodwork at Tufts, an easy and quick blood draw and many more questions from me! ( Ok, I admit it... I'm a helicopter Dobie Mom!) That blood draw found they have blood type; DEA 1.1 Negative, which means they are Universal Donors and their blood can help many dogs! As you can see they took great care of the girls during their first donation! They were perfectly fine before, during and after, albeit a little groggy from the mild sedation they were given. Sedation isn't always necessary but since my girls are still hyper puppies, a small amount was used just to make them calm. We are happy to be able to help other families and their dogs and plan on donating every 8 weeks. If you are interested to see if your pet is a good candidate to donate blood, and I hope you are, please contact your local Vet to find out how or the Blood Bank at a Tufts nearest you. The location we went to is Tufts at 200 Westboro Rd. North Grafton, MA 01536 (508) 887-4430