I've talked before about how a few of my greyhounds are blood donors. On Sunday I took Moose to the Salem Emergency Veterinary Clinic for a donation and since it was planned, there were enough hands on deck that I could stand back and take pictures.
Normally, I am right in there beside my hound as they are drawing the blood.
I told Moose it was time to go to work, but he just saw it as another adventure, an opportunity to co-pilot.
The short wait in the reception area became a real yawner for Moose when I reminded them to make sure the resident kitty cat was tucked away safely behind closed doors.
Admiring his big coursing veins is always the first step. They are right out there front and center.
A quick shave to insure that the area is clean. Of course, Moose has the shortest hair of all, so the bald spot hardly shows afterward.
The front-end tech gently holds the head. The idea is to avoid any movement so that the needle stays in place. The first time blood is drawn on a dog always seems to be the worst.
My guys usually settle down after the first time and just stand there.
During the draw, Dr. Erbes was telling me that the last time Moose donated, he was able to help three other dogs.
On many occasions, we have been able to meet both the dog and their owners. It's very touching when you know you have helped save a life. I know how grateful I would be if my dog needed blood to save his life.
A team of four assists with the blood draw. The veterinarian draws the blood and holds the needle in place. A tech holds the head, another tech holds the body and this time, a second veterinarian is rocking the blood and weighing it as it pumps into the bag. Normally, I'm holding the back end of my hound.
My dogs usually stand, but Moose was relaxed enough to sit there during the entire time. It took 4.5 minutes from the needle stick to clamping it off to fill the bag. I think our record is 4 minutes.
This may look like the choke hold of death, but really they are just putting pressure on site where the blood was drawn. Completely normal.
Here we are, 450 gm of Moose's famous go-go juice.
Since they have such thin skin, greyhounds are famous for getting small bruises under the skin. A little bit of ice held to the area helps to reduce the bruising. It doesn't show up so much on black dogs, but the fawn and white dogs always show their hickeys.
A snack is always in order when it is over with. Just one of those perks.
And every good kid gets a smiley sticker when do their very best.
But the very best part of all are the loves and hugs and whispers of "whatta good boy" in his ears.
Greyhounds can donate blood until they are 8 years old, then it is time to retire them from the donating program.
It is a wonderful gift that they can give. If you are interested, talk to your vet or talk to your emergency vet to see if they have a donor program. As you can see, it's a very easy procedure. Moose sat through the entire draw and was ready run and play in the backyard after. However, activity is restricted for about 24 hours after giving blood.
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