The dogs are raised in an atmosphere of love and affection, fed a scientifically balanced diet, exercised and groomed regularly, and, of course, they have 24/7 veterinary care--everything dogs need to keep them in top form, physically and mentally.
Then from time to time a technician draws blood, which is sold to veterinarian hospitals and blood banks to be used for dogs (such as yours and mine) that may need a life-saving transfusion following an accident or surgery.
We thought this would make a great human interest story for our local magazine, but Dr. V. was quite adamant about not letting us do a story about his business. If animal rights groups heard what he was doing there, they would do everything they could to make his life unpleasant and shut him down.
This sweet, gentle man has spent a lifetime caring for animals. Now he provides a lifesaving service and the AR forces want to stop him.
The United States is facing a dog blood shortage which is normal following a holiday season. There are independent suppliers and doggie blood banks across the country. Many veterinarian colleges and larger clinics have their own banks.
Not every dog can be a blood donor. They must first undergo a screening process. They must be healthy, weigh more than 50 pounds and be younger than 8-years-old. Before they donate, their blood is tested to be sure there are enough red blood cells and no physical problems.
The most important is their temperament. Although there is no pain other than a needle prick, the procedure of shaving the neck and drawing blood through their jugular takes 20 minutes and many dogs find this highly stressful.
Dr. V’s dogs are trained to jump up on the table and enjoy the attention and liver treats. They don't know they may be saving a life, they only know they are happy doing what they were born and trained to do.
As people get more and more information (largely from the internet) about the agenda of the animal rights wack-a-doodles, their influence seems to be declining.
They show themselves in so many ways to be a dog’s worst enemy.