Blood Donor Program

Client Information Page: Canine Blood Donor Program

Canine Blood Donor Program

Have you ever donated blood?  Have you ever thought about your dog needing blood?  Have you ever wondered where that blood comes from?

Just as you may have donated blood for people that needed a transfusion, your dog can also donate blood for other dogs in need.  Your dog could save a life!

Although we can purchase some blood products for dogs through commercial blood banks, fresh whole blood is often the best option.  In order to provide the best option to your pet and other pets, we need dogs to come in and donate blood, sometimes on an emergency basis.

About Donating Blood

  • What are the requirements for my dog to become a donor?
  • Healthy and happy
  • 1-8 years old
  • At least 50 pounds
  • Up to date vaccinations
  • On heartworm prevention from April through October
  • Female dogs must never have been pregnant
  • Why is it important for my dog to become a donor?
  • Just like humans, there is a shortage of blood products for dogs, so it is vital to have blood on hand in emergency situations.
  • Only 1 out of 10 dogs type “universal donor.”
  • What do I need to do as a donor?
  • Once your dog becomes a donor, we ask that you commit up to six donations throughout the year.  It is also required to keep your dog on tick and heartworm preventatives through the months of April through October.
  • How long does the procedure take and do they experience any side effects?
  • The donation procedure is about 15-30 minutes long.  A small amount of hair will be clipped at the collection site.  Side effects may include mild bruising at the collection site, which is easily treated.
  • How often can my dog safely donate?
  • Dogs can safely donate every month, with appropriate diet and iron supplementation.

For more information, contact:
Kelly Walker, CVT