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Donor Criteria and Exclusions

Your dog can become part of our Blood Donor Program if they:
• Have a good temperament and are willing to “Volunteer”
• Weigh between 25 and 70 kilograms
• Are between the ages of 1 and 6 years of age (Donors are retired at 8 years of age)
• Are in excellent health!

Your dog will not be able to donate if they:
• Have had a serious health condition
• Have been sick recently (e.g. coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea)
• Have been diagnosed with a heart problem
• Have ever had a seizure
• Have been vaccinated in the past 4 weeks
• Have received medications other than flea, tick and heartworm prevention in the past 2 weeks
• Have had or will have surgery within 4 weeks
• Have ever received a blood transfusion
• Have donated in the last 6 weeks
• Females who have been pregnant and not desexed

When is it time for your pet to stop donating?

  • On your pet’s 8th birthday

  • Following 3 unsuccessful donation attempts

  • If blood bank staff discover a health concern at donation

  • If there is persistently abnormal blood test results

The goal of Australian Animal Blood Bank is to increase awareness and promote the importance of transfusion medicine within the veterinary and pet owner community,

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