Would you and your pet like to help save a life?
We are looking for cats and dogs who would be suitable blood donors in the event we have a patient requiring a blood transfusion. If you would be willing to have your pet join our donor program, please check the criteria below and read on for more information;
Age: 1-8 years
Desexed: Preferably at 6 months of age
Weight: >25kg for dogs, >4.5kg for cats, not over or underweight
Vaccinations: Must be up to date
Parasite Prevention: Must be treated year round for Heartworm, Intestinal Worms, Fleas and Ticks
Health: No current or previous ongoing health concerns
Behaviour: Relaxed at the vets
Cats: Indoor only
Entering the donor program
We will make sure your pet satisfies the above criteria and do a health check including a physical examination. We will then take a blood sample to be able to blood type your pet and, if needed, also test for heartworm (in dogs), FIV and Feline Leukaemia Virus (in cats) as well as a general health blood profile. Provided there are no concerns with any of these tests, your pet can become a valued part of our blood donor program.
When do we collect blood from donors?
We only collect blood when we need it. While blood can be stored, it has a limited life span (especially some parts of it such as the platelets) and so we prefer to use freshly collected blood. This means you may be called upon to bring your pet in to donate blood at very short notice. We realise you and your pet won’t always be available and this is the reason we want to have a list of possible donors so we always have a few people and their pets to call on when needed.
What happens during blood donation?
Prior to donation we will do a health check and check with you to make sure there have been no recent health concerns and that your pet is up to date with their preventive health care.
Most pets will require a light sedation for the blood donation procedure as they need to be kept still while the blood is collected. The blood is collected from the jugular vein in the neck – an area over the vein will be shaved and the skin cleaned to prevent infection. Just as in people, a needle that is attached to a blood collection bag is placed in the vein and the blood flows into the bag on its own. We will monitor your pet while they are recovering from the sedation and they should be kept quiet on their return home.
If you would like to be part of this life saving program, please give us a call or come see our friendly staff in clinic.