Animals can also be donors
Who are all blood donors is known to all – these are the people thanks to whom many human lives have been and will be saved. In Russia, two days of the donor are celebrated – All-Russian and Worldwide.
But there are situations when a blood transfusion is required not for a person, but for an animal. What do doctors do in this case?
It turns out that in many cities of Russia there is such a practice – animal donation. So any vaccinated dog aged from one to 5-6 years old and weighing over 25 kg can become a donor. The only requirement is that the dog should not take any medications for a month before the blood sampling.
Cats can also become donors. Like dogs, their age should be from 1 to 6 years, and weight – more than 4 kg.
Blood sampling is carried out with special equipment, and dogs treat the procedure much more calmly, therefore Murziks donate blood usually under anesthesia.
The whole thing is complicated by the fact that if dog blood can be frozen – not for long, only for six months, then the components of cat blood are not frozen. Therefore, cat blood is transfused directly to the patient.
It is recommended to take blood from an animal no more often than 1 time per month, and preferably two. Otherwise, the donor itself will weaken and will not be able to withstand sudden illnesses.
By the way, the first successful attempts to transfuse blood with pets were made in the 17th century.
Unfortunately, now it is difficult to find a completely healthy candidate for donor among animals, as well as among people. Therefore, the base of four-legged donors in Russia is rather poor. We almost do not use the services of volunteers, but cooperate mainly with nurseries. But help may be required at any time to any pet – a car accident, poisoning, surgery, difficult birth, serious illness. In general, everything is like people.
It would be good to turn to the experience of other countries in this area. There you can often see an ad – that then, in such and such a place, everyone can donate blood. At the indicated time and place, a mobile laboratory arrives – for people or for animals.
Many will say – now they don’t always manage to help people, but you care about cats and dogs! So this is our indicator of Humanity – how we relate to those who depend on us!
People, let’s be kinder, let’s take care not only of our loved ones, let’s save the lives of another person or animal, it’s not difficult!