Dog Donates Blood To Save Lives Of Other Dogs


Hogan is one brave hero. Every eight weeks he makes the hour long journey from his Illinois home to an animal hospital where he donates his blood. And this eight-year-old Australian Shepherd doesn’t seem nervous about doing it.

Hogan’s owner, Kim Sipple, first took her dog to donate blood four years ago when she learned about the demand at a pet fair. She says that now, people are more willing to spend the necessary money to provide treatment for ailing pets. This means there is more of a need for blood donations from canines.

When Hogan enters into the animal hospital, he jumps onto a chair in the waiting room. His collar has a pink tag in the shape of a heart that says he is a blood donor. The blood donor coordinator does a quick physical on Hogan and checks his red blood cells. She checks the color of his gums and his heartbeat and pulse.

A few minutes later, this brave hero is on his side while a circular spot is shaved around his neck. As the needle goes into Hogan’s vein, he does not even flinch.

Hogan donates 450 milliliters, or one canine unit of blood. He saves four lives with each donation. The hospital has said that they have used every bit of blood that Hogan has donated. They say that this dog has saved many lives.

From Courier News:

“It takes an exceptional dog to be a donor,” Falish [blood donor coordinator/manager of the animal hospital] says. “A huge part of donating is to have a good disposition.”

Falish says most people don’t realize veterinarians need animal blood until their pet faces a medical emergency. Just like with human blood, there is a shortage of animal blood, she says.

“The human-animal bond is so great nowadays,” Falish says. “The field of veterinary medicine is getting closer and closer to human medicine and vets are using blood products. The demand is there but not the supply.”

Sipple and her son, Danny, have two other dogs besides Hogan. Danny has spina bifida, and Sipple began training Hogan as a certified therapy dog for Danny. Hogan has worked with autistic children and the elderly in the area.

She says that she brings in Hogan to donate blood every eight weeks to give back. She says that she has so many blessings in her life. By doing this, she feels that she can bring a little happiness in someone else’s life.

Sipple also tries to bring awareness of the need for donations whenever she can. She simply wants to save lives.

Thank you Hogan for all that you do to save the lives of other dogs.

13 Responses to “Dog Donates Blood To Save Lives Of Other Dogs”

  1. SMITH111 says:

    Although I know there is need for blood donation, I hope that this is not the only dog that is being used for this purpose. The body, animal or human must have time to regenerate itself to stay healthy. I hope they use other healthy animals as well.

  2. Gary says:

    Just what I was thinking. Knowing the character of man, they might try to “stretch” the blood donations from this one dog and sacrifice it’s health.

  3. Joe says:

    Concur with both of you guys….doesn’t the vet have a few ‘in house’ pets to perform this? My vet has 5 house cats, of which 4 give blood WHEN NEEDED.

  4. Jenny Bark says:

    I agree with all 3 of you. Eight weeks sounds like it’s too soon for giving all the time.

  5. Beth says:

    Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM has an organization in California called HEMOPET. She gets rejected or retired greyhounds and they become blood donors. These dogs will donate blood for a period of time and then the Hemopet Organization places these greyhounds in homes. You can research her organization by Googling “Hemopet”.
    Dr. Dodds has done so MUCH for the health and well-being of our canines.

  6. Tealcsmommy says:

    I wonder if they get paid for that blood. I have a human friend that donates blood regularly because then he gets a day off from work with each donation. I have seen them take two vials of blood from my chihuahuas neck to check on his blood enzymes and he cried a little while I did too. I hope to not have to repeat this again.

  7. Rose says:

    If they check his red blood cells, (which they do), and physical health before and he has adequate nutrition, seems safe for a younger dog.

    I think Hogan is a hero helping other pets. An hour drive to help other pets is a kindness that people in that area will appreciate.

    There are several animal blood mobiles that do this work…. here’s an article worth reading:

  8. 8tiggers says:

    Thanks for the link to the pet donor article =)

    I’m wondering if anyone can give a reason why they state that cats need to be sedated to have blood drawn? Granted, I’d agree that most cats probably won’t sit still for it but I’m sure enough would. Right up until the sedation comment I was thinking, “Gee. I should look into donating one of my guys’ blood.” As long as I’m with him, he’ll submit peacefully to anything.

  9. Clauzilla says:

    My dog is a blood donor for the hospital where I work, the most we ever take from him at one time is about 750-1000 ml….When it said that 450 ml was enough for 4 pets, that is not right, most dogs take at least 250 ml….it would be a tiny pet or puppy that would need less. Most times the transfusions are for AIHA dogs. Avery gives blood every 6-8 weeks if needed no more than that. He stands on the table and we stick him, he is very brave, not all dogs like it, it takes a very good dog, he likes doing it and gets treats and prizes. We do not use a dog if they do not want to give. Blood regenerates just like with people and he makes new blood, we do a full panel before the transfusion to be sure all his numbers are correct before we take the blood.
    My cat gave blood a few times and yes they are sedated as most cats will not sit still long enough to give blood and many get scared and will bite, we sedate them quickly in ISO and take the blood and they wake up and don’t know what happened. ITs very quick and safe, however cats don’t need blood as much as dogs, so a cat transfusion is rare.

  10. Jenny Bark says:

    Thanks for all the information. My vet always has at least 1 dog & cat for blood and I always have my other babies if the they where ever needed. I learned something tonight, thank-you.

  11. HighNote says:

    Just curious do dogs and cats have different blood types like people?
    I also wondered if they get paid for this blood. The part that really goes though my mind is so they donate this blood from their pet for free and the vet charges the person for it that they use it on their pet. I am sure they do not give this blood out for no cost. That does not seem right to me. If I donate my pets blood for free then I want the pets that use it to be able to get it free too. I am sure they would charge for administering it but it still should be free. I wonder if it is.

  12. Nora Marasco says:

    This lovely courageous Aussie. Those dogs are so precious and priceless and I hope that he is loved as much as mine. The Aussie takes great understanding and patience and every moment is worth it for a lifetime of love and devotion from these dogs.

  13. Karrie says:

    Actually, for humans blood donation of whole blood is every 6 weeks, and platelets can be done every two weeks, so 8 weeks is *not* that frequent! Plus, it’s *not* just that one dog, there’s a couple of vets that do it here in Illinois; mostly emergency trauma centers. There are dogs worldwide that do this (I actually saw a show on animal heros that showed a St. Bernard in Thailand that does it!)
    It’s just like for people, I believe there’s a minimum weight limit for donation, just like people. And, they *do not* pay the owner for their donations! Like with people, it’s a voluntary procedure, and they test the dog and the blood prior to donation, to ensure that the dog is healthy! It’s a very good way to help out a little bit, and “pay it forward” as it’s said.

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