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Blood Donation

Blood products are necessary for life-saving transfusions. These may be required by patients who have suffered major trauma, are losing or failing to make new blood cells, or for the purposes of stabilizing patients before surgery. We rely on our blood donors to help provide this essential service.

We operate a blood bank in-hospital for dogs and cats and provide transfusion services for our patients. Many of our patients have benefited from this service.

A single dog, for instance, can donate blood every 3 months and this can go on to save the lives of many other dogs. Of course, to have blood available at all times, we need blood donors for our program!

If you’re interested in helping with our donor program, please read the information below to see if your pet is a suitable candidate for donation.

 

Canine Donors

For dogs to be eligible for blood donation, they need to meet the following basic criteria:

  • Aged between 1 and 8 years old
  • Weigh over 25 kg
  • Be up-to-date on all routine vaccinations (Rabies and DA2PPi)
  • Be in good health – our vets can advise if health issues would make them ineligible
  • Males should be neutered, and females should be spayed and not have had a litter
  • Not be fed a “raw” diet
  • Have a calm and friendly disposition

If these criteria are met, pets then have a health check with one of our doctors and a technician, and we will take a small blood sample to check your pet’s blood type. Canine blood groups are categorized under the DEA classification system. Patients who are typed DEA 1.1 negative are considered universal blood donors and their blood can be received by all dogs, regardless of whether they have had a transfusion before or not.

Once we know your pet’s blood type, we can determine if they are eligible to enter the blood donor program. We take blood, urine, and fecal samples to screen them for infectious diseases and other underlying health problems to ensure that they’re in top health before we collect blood for donation.

When we have all of the necessary information, we can schedule a blood collection time, which will be a time convenient for you. Pets generally receive light sedation to ensure that they’re comfortable during the collection procedure, which typically takes 15-20 minutes. Once they’ve recovered from the sedation, we feed them a meal, and they can go home shortly afterwards.

Many thanks to anyone who is considering becoming a part of our blood donor program – your dog can help give another four-legged friend a chance!

When a pet has successfully joined the blood donation program, they receive a number of complimentary benefits:

  • Annual bloodwork, urinalysis, and fecal tests for health monitoring
  • Free bag of dog food/treats after blood donation
  • Pets in the donor program requiring a transfusion themselves receive this at no cost

 

Feline Donors

For cats to be eligible for blood donation, they need to meet the following basic criteria:

  • Aged between 1 and 8 years old
  • Weigh over 5 kg and not be significantly overweight relative to their size
  • Strictly indoor lifestyle
  • Be up-to-date on all routine vaccinations (Rabies, FCV, FHV and FPLV)
  • Be negative for FIV and FeLV infections
  • Be in good health – our vets can advise if health issues would make them ineligible
  • Males should be neutered, and females should be spayed and not have had a litter
  • Not be fed a “raw” diet
  • Have a calm and friendly disposition

If these criteria are met, pets then have a health check with one of our doctors and a technician, and we will take a small blood sample to check your pet’s blood type. Feline blood groups are categorized under an A/B classification system that is different from the one used for humans. Patients who are typed as A positive can provide blood to a broader number of recipients. Due to the nature of feline blood transfusion medicine, we have a persistent short supply of feline blood. If you think your cat may be valuable as a blood donor, we would love to hear from you!

Once we know your pet’s blood type, we can determine if they’re eligible to enter the blood donor program. We take blood, urine, and fecal samples to screen them for infectious diseases and other underlying health problems to ensure that they’re in top health before we collect blood for donation.

When we have all of the necessary information, we can schedule a blood collection time, which will be a time convenient for you. Pets generally receive light sedation to ensure that they’re comfortable during the collection procedure, which typically takes 15-20 minutes. Once they’ve recovered from the sedation, we feed them a meal, and they can go home shortly afterwards.

Many thanks to anyone who is considering becoming a part of our blood donor program – your cat can help give another four-legged friend a chance!

When a pet has successfully joined the blood donation program, they receive a number of complimentary benefits:

  • Annual bloodwork, urinalysis, and fecal tests for health monitoring
  • Free bag of cat food/treats after blood donation
  • Pets in the donor program requiring a transfusion themselves receive this at no cost

 

Blood Donor Registration

If you would like to register your pet in the blood donation program, please start by filling out our Blood Donor Registration Form. It can be brought into our hospital, emailed to info@centralislandvetemerg.com, or sent by fax to 250.933.0919.