January is National Blood Donor Month Your Pet can be a GVS Superhero by Joining our Blood Donor Program.
Would you consider having your dog or cat join our blood donor program to help save another pet’s life? If your answer is yes, read on:
How one pet saved another pet's life
On a recent snowy Sunday, Oliver's family veterinarian told his owner to bring him to our emergency/critical care service immediately. (Our doors are always open.) Oliver was in critical condition and grave danger. Our Intensive Care Unit jumped into action, giving Oliver a fast life-saving blood transfusion. As a result of the transfusion, and as our ICU team kept close watch, this sweet little man slowly started to revive. He sat up. He started to lift his head. He opened his eyes. But, the blood supply he received initially wasn't enough. More blood was needed--and quickly--for Oliver to overcome his anemia and live. We desperately needed more feline blood supply, which can be difficult to come by sometimes.
Amber, a licensed veterinary technician in our Neurology Service, met this challenge by graciously bringing in her beautiful one-year-old cat, Mackenzie, to donate the additional blood supply needed to save Oliver's life. And all this during a snowstorm. Thanks to Mackenzie, Oliver continued to rally and eventually started to regenerate red blood cells on his own. He fully recovered. There was a lot of joy in the ICU that day. But Mackenzie is the true Superhero of this story. We're happy to report that Oliver continues to do well today.
Mackenzie was in and out of our hospital within an hour from start to finish. She required very little sedation during her blood donation. And she ate like a champ right after.
Here’s Mackenzie on her way back home after saving another pet’s life by donating her blood at a very crucial time.