Blood Bank

We proudly hold donation clinics at our practice to help save the lives of Dogs.  For donation dates please call the clinic at 204-467-2481 and ask to speak with Melissa to see if your dog can donate.

 

Can My Dog Be A Blood Donor ?

What exactly happens during a blood donation?

  • A small area on your dog’s neck will be shaved and a Veterinarian/RAHT collects the blood from the jugular vein. They will collect approximately 450 ml (1pint).

Does my dog need to be sedated during the donation?

  • Your dog is not required to be sedated during the donation. This donation lasts for less than 5 minutes.

Is the procedure painful or will it harm my dog’s health?

  • The process will not jeopardize your dog’s health and is not painful. Your dog will experience only the inconvenience of lying still for a few minutes.

What happens to the blood after it is collected?

  • Once the blood collection is complete the C.A.B.B will process the donation into blood components. One blood donation is capable of helping up to 4 patients requiring blood. These components will then be available to veterinarians across Canada.

Why should my dog become a blood donor?

  • You and your dog will be helping other dogs across Canada by assisting veterinarians to treat dogs for conditions such as these:
    • Treating anemia
    • Treating parvovirus infections
    • Treating dogs who have eaten rat poison
    • Support during and after major surgeries
    • Support for injuries sustained from a car accident
    • Supporting dogs who have Von Willebrand’s disease or Hemophilia A
    • Support during cancer therapy

What benefits will my dog receive?

  • Along with the satisfaction of knowing that you have participated in a program that will save lives of other pets, your dog will receive the following benefits:
    • One free unit of a blood component for each unit of blood donated, if your dog ever requires blood in its lifetime
    • Free microchip identification after 2nd donation
    • Bandana & blood donor dog tag
    • milestone dog tags for 5, 10 & 15 donations

All of our life-saving donors are loved animals volunteered by their owners. If your dog is:

  • Healthy and even tempered
  • Weigh 50lbs. (23kg) or more but not overweight
  • Between 1-8 years of age to start- retirement at 8 years of age
  • Up to date on vaccinations
  • On heartworm preventative medication recommended but not required

Then your dog is a potential donor!

If you are interested in helping to save the lives of other dogs, please contact us.