A local veterinary clinic wants to launch a pet blood donation drive in order to have a ready supply of blood available when pets require it.
The Veterinary Medical Center of Central New York says that summertime tends to have more cases of pet trauma requiring blood transfusions. There are nationwide blood banks that supply blood components to vets, but sometimes pets need a more complete blood transfusion or blood bank supplies are low.
The East Syracuse clinic plans a dog blood screening event Saturday, June 24th from noon to 4pm at their office located at 5841 Bridge Street. The clinic will check dogs for their suitability, so each dog that is brought in will get a free exam and blood tests. The clinic says eligible dogs need to be between 1 and 7 years of age, weigh at least 50 lbs., be on heart worm and tick medication year-round, have all of their vaccinations, be in good health, and easy to work with. Visit the for more details about the program.