What happens during the Donation Process?
• Prior to each donation the health status of the donor is evaluated by one of the Blood Bank Staff.
• A small sample of blood is collected to ensure that your pet is able to donate.
• The donor is placed on his or her side on the collection table.
• The owner sits at the donor’s head to alleviate anxiety and provide reassurance.
• Hair is clipped from a small area on the neck and the skin is cleansed with using a skin disinfectant.
• A unit of blood (approx 450mls) is collected from the jugular vein in the neck area. The collection process procedure takes approximately 5 minutes.
• Following the collection the needle is removed and pressure is applied to the collection site.
• Donors are rewarded with lots of yummy treats and praise!
What you should do after donation?
Tell the blood bank staff if you notice dizziness or nausea immediately following donation
Do not allow strenuous exercise for 24 hours
Make sure your pet has plenty of drinking water available
Notify your veterinarian if: