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VAACCS Blood donation drive at Orange Grove Vet

Orange Grove Vet in conjunction with Dr Kenneth Joubert from VAACCS Blood Bank, hosted our first blood donation day on Friday 15 December 2017.

The day was a great success and we had eight super heroes ranging from German Shepherds, Labradors, cross breeds and a Boerboel, donating blood!

VAACCS (Veterinary Anaesthesia Analgesia and Critical Care Services ) provides an essential service to veterinarians, providing plasma, platelets & red blood cells which are extracted from blood through a special centrifuge process. These blood byproducts are used in different instances such as animals with severe anaemia or with parvo-virus where a great deal of blood is lost from the ilness.

Each dog was first given a health examination where their temperature, pulse, heart & respiration rates were checked, and even a quick look at dental examination was performed. The donor dog is given a mild sedation before the process begins to ensure he/she remain calm and still as possible. Depending on their weight, each of our dogs donated between 200 – 400ml of blood (with the dogs weight ranging between 20 & 50kg)!

Each dogs’ blood will be given free blood typing & a blood donor card identifying blood type (for dogs there are 7 blood types!). They also receive a free health check and screening for infectious diseases. Not forgetting to say thank you a voucher from Hill’s Pet Nutrition for R150 & a Pro Bono Biscuit from Orange Grove Vet!

Blood donors are hard to come by & Orange Grove Vet is fortunate to have wonderful clients and staff who allowed their dogs to be blood donors. Thank you to Skylar Louw, Twinkle Whitehouse, Higgs & Leyli Bradfield, Groucho & Toffee Mac William, Ella Pretorius & Harry Booth!

Orange Grove Vet will be hosting another blood donor day in the new year! If you are interested in your dog becoming a Super Hero Blood donor, contact us on 0117281371 or email