Washington State Magazine

Summer 2008

Summer 2008


In This Issue...


Dialogue with the Past :: Coastal exploration has discovered traditional native technology for leaching tannins from acorns—identical to techniques discovered in northern Japan. Huge villages once lay near where the Deschutes and the John Day rivers enter the Columbia. And then they disappeared. A new era of Northwest archaeology is revealing that we have only started understanding the mysteries of our Pacific Northwest past. by Tim Steury { WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Ozette Art and the Makah Canoe }

Masters of Disguise :: When a family depends on a few head of cattle for food, for cash income, and for status, the loss of a single animal can be devastating. Researchers at WSU are on the hunt for vaccines against two of the most damaging—and elusive—pathogens that afflict livestock around the world. by Cherie Winner

The Age of Identity :: Little did literary sleuth Debbie Lee realize that by following in the footsteps of her subjects—a Javanese princess, a sailor, and a witch—she would slip out of her own identity and into theirs. by Hannelore Sudermann { WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Life and adventures of Princess Caraboo }


How to Survive the Coming Depression :: by Bill Morelock




:: SPORTS: Signing Day Central

:: IN SEASON: Dahlias

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Doggie donors }


Cover photo: Fritz Meisel, age 3½, tries on a superhero identity. He is a fifth-generation resident of the Palouse and has many ties to Washington State University through his parents Jeanne Fulfs '94, MFA '03, and Nickolus Meisel, MFA '02, an assistant sculpture professor in the fine arts department.

Last Words
Murray and his owner Kelly Hightower

Murray, a blood donor recipient, and his owner Kelly Hightower.

Jacob, a Pullman-area greyhound and blood donor, with veterinary student Jillian Haines.


Jacob, a Pullman-area greyhound and blood donor, with veterinary student Jillian Haines.

Donors bring hope—and wags

by | © Washington State University

Jacob the Greyhound, a five-year-old dog belonging to a Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital surgeon, is a regular blood donor at WSU. Because of his size, he's able to provide 450 milliliters, or about two cups, of blood for the treatment of other ailing canines.

One afternoon this winter we followed Jacob through the donation process. He was content to nibble dog snacks while the students led him, tail wagging, into a small room and prepared him for a blood draw. They lifted him onto a cushioned table, shaved a spot on his neck, and tapped into the jugular vein. He lay still while the students stroked him, talked to him, and worked the equipment, the same type of blood-donation equipment used with humans.

In order to give blood, a dog must weigh at least 60 pounds, be one to six years old, and be able to lie still for 10 minutes. Jacob, who easily meets these requirements, gives blood every two months or so.

The canine blood donor program has been in place at WSU since 1988 and has saved or prolonged hundreds of lives. Workers at the hospital perform blood draws twice a week under the supervision of veterinarian Jane Wardrop. The blood is usually separated into red blood cells and plasma. While most of the donations are used in the hospital, some are sent to veterinarians in the Spokane area.

Dogs can need transfusions for many reasons, including anemia, blood loss after an accident or surgery, liver disease, or bleeding due to the ingestion of rodent poison.

On this day, Jacob's donation went straight to a similar-sized yellow lab named Murray who has lymphoma and was waiting with his owner, Kelly Hightower, in another room.

Categories: Veterinary medicine | Tags: Dogs, Animal health

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