Ideal dog donors would be older than 18 months of age, greater than 50 lbs, friendly/social, and healthy with no known medical conditions.
Ideal cat donors would be older than 12 months of age, greater than 10 lbs, indoor only, friendly/social, and healthy with no known medical conditions.
The process of donating blood is simple and pain-free. It takes about 30-45 minutes. Dogs are given a light sedation and cats are anesthetized so they won’t feel a thing! Giving blood will not hinder their activities, but they should rest and take it easy on the day of donation.
The frequency will depend on the need but most pets donate on an average of every 3 months. A complete physical examination will be performed by a veterinarian prior to each donation. It is important to continue your pet’s routine preventative care (heartworm, flea/tick, vaccines, etc.) while they are active in the donor program.
Blood products are stored right here in the hospital within a special blood bank refrigerator or freezer.