As a result of the increased specialization in veterinary medicine, the demand for blood products has risen dramatically. Specialties such as emergency medicine, surgery, critical care and oncology have created a need for animal blood banks and veterinary transfusion knowledge. Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital operates the only animal blood bank in Victoria. Our goal is to supply life-saving blood and blood products for veterinary transfusion medicine. Our donors are beloved family pets, volunteered by their owners, to help save dogs and cats in life threatening situations.
If you have any questions regarding the blood donation program or are interested in your pet becoming a blood donor, please call the hospital and speak to one of our blood bank specialists.
Animal Blood Donation FAQ's
Why do you need donors for blood donation?
- For immune system disorders, like hemolytic anemia
- For warfarin poisonings (rat poison)
- For automobile accidents
- For treating excessive blood loss
- For conditions like Von Willebrands disease
What are the requirements for becoming part of the program?
- Cats must be at least 5 kg, fully vaccinated, indoor only and between the ages of 10 months and 8 years.
- Dogs must be at least 25 kg, fully vaccinated, between the ages of 9 months and 8 years, have a good temperament and be free of heartworm disease.
What are the benefits if my pet becomes a donor?
The knowledge that your pet’s donation may save the life of another animal is the ultimate reward. But there are other great advantages.
- Free annual lab work
- Complimentary examinations
- Discounts on flea products
- Discounted vaccines
- One free unit of blood for every unit donated, should your pet ever require a transfusion
Are there any risks involved?
Donating blood does not jeopardize the health of your pet in any way. To ensure safety, we run annual lab work and perform a thorough examination before each donation. To ease anxiety, some dogs and most cats receive a light anesthesia or sedative. The donation takes only a few minutes and is monitored closely throughout the entire process. To maintain proper blood pressure, fluid therapy is provided as needed. A veterinarian is always present to ensure the donor's safety.