Have you ever considered that our pets need blood transfusions just as we humans do? Animals need transfusions for the same reasons that humans do, including surgery, trauma and disease. Healthy donors are needed to give blood to the many pets that need transfusions. A single donation can be used to save up to four other pets’ lives!
Many veterinary offices draw and maintain their own blood bank. Be sure to ask your vet if your dog or cat is a good candidate. There are several notable animal blood banks in the U.S. Feel free to do a search for ones accepting donations in your area. I've included two of the most prominent organizations here.
The Pet Blood Bank Accepts donations from dogs. Dog Eligibility requirements:
- Be healthy and current on vaccinations and heartworm preventatives
- Be between the ages of 1 and 9
- Weigh at least 50 lbs.
- Have a friendly disposition
- Be available to donate at least four times a year
|Donation is a simple procedure and does not require anesthesia or sedation. The donation process generally takes 10 – 20 minutes. Dogs do not need to fast before donating. After donating, your dog will be rewarded with treats and belly rubs. The Pet Blood Bank frequently holds drives throughout central Texas. Please email them at Info@PetsLovingPets.com for more info. |
The Ohio University Veterinary Blood Bank
Takes donations from dogs and cats.
Dog/Cat eligibility requirements:
If your dog or cat meets the above minimum requirements, and you are interested in to see if he or she can become a Blood Donor – call Dr. Cristina Iazbik, managing director, at (614) 688-8460 to set up an appointment.