Blood Donor Program
Greyhound Supporters of the NCR (GSNCR) is working with LifeStream (a veterinary blood products
company based in Kingston, Ontario) to maintain a blood donor program for blood products for all kinds of canines.
donated blood is primarily used for plasma and other specialty blood
products for general veterinary use (plasma for transfusions, some of the
gamma globulins for treating certain diseases, platelets for haemophilia,
Blood products from our
clinics have gone to emergency vet clinics all across Ontario, to such
places as Barrie, Burlington, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa and Toronto.
Our donor hounds have helped dogs in the United States and as far away as
Bermuda in the Caribbean.
To be eligible, hounds
must be 50 pounds or more. In addition, they must be between 1 and 7 years of age, but they will make an exception
occasionally for an 8 year old that is in exceptional health.
may not be on any other medication except heartworm and flea prevention,
nor have had veterinary intervention (including aesthetic) within the previous two weeks.
does the process work?
participating in the program will be expected to donate every 3 months (if
an owner isn't available on a particular donor day, they can just be
included in the next date). It
is hoped that owners will have their hound participate for at least a year
of blood will be extracted from your hound during each blood extraction.
The length of time to donate is about 20 minutes total per dog. A schedule will be established so you will know at what time to
bring your hound.
GSNCR will coordinate the blood donor clinics on an ongoing basis. Individuals that have indicated an interest in having their
greyhound participate in the program will be contacted via email about the
day and time of the next scheduled clinic.
will I and my hound get?
following is provided for each donor:
A complete blood count
profile (CBC test) plus heartworm screening
will receive a copy of the blood work (CBC, heartworm screening, etc.)
for their own vets.
typing and a blood type collar tag.
canine blood profile testing for Babesia canis, Ehrlicia spp.,
Haemobartenalla spp, Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
should be noted that for
the tick testing, the lab uses a DNA test, which will not test positive
for exposure only (the ELIZA test - most commonly used - cannot
differentiate between exposure and disease, but the DNA test does).
Dogs with active disease would be excluded from the program, dogs with
exposure anti-bodies would not.
your dog requires a blood transfusion, the blood products will be provided
at no cost to your veterinarian, for the lifetime of the animal.
this procedure upset my greyhound?
LifeStream vet techs work very hard to ensure that your hounds are not
stressed during the blood extraction process.
Your hound’s leg will not be shaved, in fact, the needle is not
even taped to the leg. The
whole process is very non-invasive, and some hounds have been know to fall
asleep during the procedure.
that are very shy, or that would not be comfortable with strangers
handling them should be excluded from this program, as hounds that are
unwilling will not be forced. The
owner is welcome to stay with their greyhound, unless they choose not to.
you are interested in having your hound participate, please let Laura know
at 613-216-8097 or via email.
Please don’t hesitate to contact her with any questions or