BluePearl Blood Banks are available across the country and are ready to make your furry companion a hero.

Tampa, Florida., Jan. 4, 2024 – To commemorate Blood Donor Month, which takes place each January, BluePearl is encouraging donations from pets across the country to alleviate the shortage of available blood products nationwide. Just as humans require blood transfusions for medical conditions or emergencies, the same is true for pets and due to the increased demand for emergency and specialty veterinary care the need for pet blood donations is greater than ever.

Healthy cats and dogs between one and eight years old, meeting certain additional requirements are eligible to donate through a short and painless process at over a dozen BluePearl Blood Bank locations across the country. Each blood donor is considered a hero at BluePearl, and the contribution can give the gift of life to other animals in need. BluePearl Blood Bank locations and requirements for pets can be viewed at https://bluepearlvet.com/blood-bank/.

As with humans, cats and dogs can donate blood several times each year, with BluePearl recommending 12-week intervals between each donation. To meet the growing demand, BluePearl would need to receive triple the amount of donations in 2024 than those that were received in the year prior. For each blood donation, pets can save the lives of up to three others, with donations being a way for pet owners to help other pets in need in partnership with their furry companion.

“As the World Health Organization says, ‘blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person,’ and the same goes for pets” said Meghan Respess, DVM, DACVECC, Director of Blood Banking at BluePearl. “Our objective is to raise awareness that pet blood donations are an option and hopefully to encourage pet owners to take their cat or dog to donate if they are eligible. We would love to welcome your pet at any one of our BluePearl Blood Banks across the country, but our primary objective is to encourage donations wherever is convenient for pet owners so we as an industry can help as many pets as possible.”

BluePearl provides exceptional specialty and emergency care through shared passion, knowledge and talents, with the aim of creating A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®. To learn more about BluePearl and the BluePearl Blood Bank Program, visit BluePearlVet.com/blood-bank/ or follow us on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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About BluePearl Pet Hospital.

Founded in 1996, BluePearl is one of the largest specialty and emergency veterinary practices in the U.S. today. BluePearl has more than 110 hospitals in 30 states that together employ 8,000+ Associates, including 1,100+ veterinarians, 4,000+ veterinary technicians, and 1,600+ other professionals. Each year, our compassionate teams provide high-quality care for more than 1.1 million pets and their families. BluePearl clinicians also participate in clinical studies to discover new treatments and procedures that improve pet health. As part of the Mars Veterinary Health family, BluePearl is committed to its purpose — A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS® — because pets make a better world for us. Learn more at BluePearlVet.com.