Urgent blood bank screening for local dogs is this Saturday

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Veterinary Emergency Group, a nationwide emergency veterinarian services company, is hosting a free blood bank screening drive for eligible pets from 10 a,m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 27, at its Georgetown location, 2311 M St NW. Pets that meet the set criteria for screening will receive a complimentary physical exam, some treats and toys, and a chance to win a raffle for two $50 PetSmart gift cards.

“Like the human world, when ER cases are critical, they can require blood donations, and unfortunately, canine blood supplies are low and always in need,“ said Jessie Brown, Blood Bank Director at VEG. “That is why we are opening the VEG Blood Bank. But we cannot do it alone, so we are looking to local pet parents to see if their dog fits the criteria to be a superhero blood donor.”

The screening process to become a donor requires dogs to sit still for approximately 5 to 10 minutes while blood is drawn. Once a dog is approved to donate to the VEG Blood Bank, they will be eligible to donate blood to help dogs in their local community. The entire donation process, from when a pet parent walks into VEG Georgetown with their dog to the post-donation process, will take an estimated 45 minutes.

Not only will pet parents have bragging rights that their dog is a hero by being part of the VEG Blood Bank program, but they will also have up-to-date information on their dog’s health. At no cost to the pet parent, all dogs giving blood to the VEG Blood Bank will receive a complete blood screening and a full exam by a licensed veterinarian. 

Unfortunately, many dogs every day need blood transfusions to replace blood after severe blood loss from either surgery or trauma. There are also diseases such as Von Willebrand disease that can cause serious blood loss, which can be treated with a blood transfusion.

Pet parents with additional questions about donating blood may contact Jessie Brown, Blood Bank Director at VEG, by email at jessiebrown@veg.vet.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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