Press release: BluePearl Pet Hospitals
As pet ownership continues to grow, and pet owners become increasingly
The emergence of COVID-19 has likely deepened the divide in supply and demand of pet blood across the nation. In fact, BluePearl, which has 11 pet blood banks across the U.S. and whose practices collectively perform more than 500 pet blood transfusions each month, has seen a 19% decline in the number of pet blood donations in 2020 as compared to the same time period in 2019.
To ensure the safety of staff, clients, and pets, many veterinary practices instituted new COVID-19 protocols such as curbside patient check-in/check-out and have encouraged clients to utilize telehealth options. These new guidelines regarding client interactions—alongside a national uptick in pet ownership—have lengthened
“Providing safe blood to pets who are in immediate need is challenging, as there are only a handful of pet blood banks across the U.S. and the pandemic has decreased overall donations. To supply veterinarians around the country with sufficient blood, we simply need more dog and cat donors,” said James Barr, DVM, DACVECC, Chief Medical Officer at BluePearl. “Today, as we look to pets for companionship and comfort, and the human-animal bond proves to be stronger than ever before, it is important to think about the ways in which pet ownership positively impacts our world. Pet blood donation is one of the best ways to give back to both people and pets during these trying times.”
BluePearl hospitals may offer blood transfusions to pets undergoing critical surgery or suffering from heart disease, heat stroke, immune system conditions, kidney disease or injury, acute trauma or poisoning. A blood transfusion can save a pet’s life, giving pet owners more years to spend with their furry companions. For more information on pet blood donations, visit here.