Can your pet be an emergency blood donor?

What kind of pet can be a blood donor? 

While we want to make sure we always have enough blood on hand, it’s just as important to make sure the donor is in good health and able to safely provide it.

Here’s what we look for in our super hero donating dogs: 

  • Between the ages of 1 and 7
  • Weighs at least 55 pounds
  • Up-to-date with vaccinations, flea and heart worm control
  • Has a gentle disposition
  • Has never received a blood transfusion
  • Able to make a minimum of a 2 year commitment
  • Able to donate at least 2 times per year

Here’s what we look for in our super hero donating cats:

  • Between the ages of 1 and 6
  • Weighs at least 10 pounds
  • Indoors only
  • Up-to-date with vaccinations
  • Has a gentle disposition
  • Has never received a blood transfusion
  • Able to make a minimum of a 2 year commitment
  • Able to donate at least 2 times per year

What’s in it for Fido and Fluffy?

Our goal is make sure healthy tails are wagging on both sides of this arrangement. Here is what we would like to offer your donating dog or cat in exchange for the enormous gift they are giving.

  • Physical exam, routine blood work (complete blood analysis, chemistry profile, and blood-borne disease screening), and animal blood type.
  • Examination information, including blood type, is entered into our database as well as shared with your family veterinarian

What to expect

The first step is to book an appointment for your dog where we will draw blood to test the type, organ function screening and a complete blood cell count. During this 15 minute appointment, we’ll review the details of the program and answer all of your questions.

If your pet is healthy enough to donate blood safely, then we will set up a subsequent appointment for blood donation that will take about 30-45 minutes. During this relaxed time, your dog will be warmly welcomed into our space. First we will want to ensure that your pet can safely donate that day by gathering vital signs, listening to the heart, and performing a quick blood test. The actual blood collection process usually takes less than 10 minutes. Lastly, no trip is complete without plenty of ear scruffles, praise and healthy treats.

All paws unite!

To inquire further about the blood donor program, please reach out.

 

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