CANINE DONOR OWNERS

CANINE CRITERIA AND EXCLUSIONS

 DONOR CRITERIA

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!

EXCULSIONS

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 are persistently abnormal blood test results

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DONOR BENEFITS

What do you and your dog receive?

  • Complimentary Screening Blood Tests, which includes:
    • ​Blood Typing
    • Heartworm Test
    • Complete Blood Count
    • Biochemistry
    • Coagulation panel
    • Infectious Disease panel
  • Red Blood Cell check at every donation
  • Complimentary Seresto®​ collar for Flea and Tick Prevention provided by Bayer Animal Health and replaced at every donation.
  • A free "Goodie Bag" at each donation 

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THE DONATION PROCESS

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:

  • The blood collection site is swollen or bleeding
  • Your pet is lethargic or has a loss of appetite for more than a day.

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Contact Us

If your dog meets our criteria please contact us!

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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.  

AUSTRALIAN ANIMAL BLOOD BANK

PO BOX 204 BARGO, NSW 2574 AUSTRALIA

Phone: (02) 9605 8485 Fax: (02) 9605 8485 Email: admin@aabb.com.au Facebook: @australiananimalbloodbank Instagram: @australiananimalbloodbank