Friday, June 12, 2009

Could your dog be a hero?

If you have a young, healthy, large, mixed-breed dog, you and your vet may able to help save other dogs from canine distemper. Your pet could be a donor dog.

Dr. Al Sears has developed a serum that can turn off the distemper virus in an infected dog. This treatment has saved dogs from around the U.S. and the world. However, we need volunteers with suitable dogs to make the serum.

Save Dogs From Canine Distemper seeks to establish a network of volunteers and their vets who would be willing to use their dogs to create serum. The serum would need to be stored at their veterinarian's office to be used to treat another dog infected with the canine distemper virus.

Making the serum will not hurt the donor dog. The steps to create the serum can be found on the previous blog posting.

Our first step will be to create a list of interested volunteers, veterinarians and their contact information. We will then send you more information about this process as well as an agreement form on what will be expected of you and how this will work.

Soon, we plan to collect donations as a 501c3 charity that will help offset the costs for making the serum. But we are not ready for that quite yet.

Unfortunately, not all large dogs are eligible to be donor dogs. Mixed breeds are usually best, and some pure breeds do not create a serum that can save other dogs. Those that can't be donor dogs include:

German Shepherds


Irish Setters

Gordon Setters

English Bulldogs

Golden Retrievers

Shar Peis

(and certain other mixes but fewer than purebreds)

If there's any confusion, let us know more about your dog and we'll let you know if you have a potential donor dog.

Anyone who is interested, please send us your name, e-mail and mailing address at Questions can also be sent to or posted to our blog here.

Thank you

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