Placebo effect for us is when our dogs, being familiar with the donation process, go ahead and lay down and get comfortable once the prep draw is complete and receiving only a "flush" dose vs sedation. We anticipate Sarah (at her next visit) to be joining Champ as the second pibble in our pay it forward program to be a sedation free blood donor in the Blue Pearl Veterinary Blood Bank program.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
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Donated blood saves pets' lives. For the same reasons sick or injured people often need blood transfusions that replace blood loss due to traumatic injury or surgery. Transfusions also are used to treat animals whose blood systems are not functioning well. Often, these are pets with diseases that attack their immune systems or diseases that prevent their blood from clotting normally--such as happens when pets and people suffer heat stroke. Other common situations when blood products (blood or plasma) may be used are with critically ill patients with cancer, anemia, clotting problems, internal parasites, heat stroke, or traumatic blood loss (auto accident, bite wounds)