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 are persistently abnormal blood test results
What do you and your dog receive?
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?
Notify your veterinarian if:
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.