Canine Blood Bank

Benefits of Canine Blood Donation

Not only are you helping to save lives, but you receive other benefits such as:

  • A complete physical exam
  • Extensive blood screening
  • Free heartworm preventative care for repeat donors
  • Dog Gone Crazy cookies, bath, and day care coupons!

Why Would a Dog Need Blood?

  • Support for injuries sustained from a car accident or other trauma
  • Support during cancer therapy
  • Treating parvovirus infection
  • Supporting dogs with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia and von willebrand’s disease
  • Treating anemia
  • Treating dogs that have eaten rat poison
    and many more!!

Who Can Donate?

  • At least 50 lbs
  • Easily accessible jugular vein
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Never had puppies
  • No history of previous blood transfusion
  • 1 to 8 years old
  • Current on vaccines
  • Current on heartworm prevention
  • No known bleeding disorders
  • No abnormal blood coagulation factors
  • Pleasant disposition
  • Must be committed to donating every 3 months

What is Collection Like?

  • Blood is collected from the jugular vein.
  • Collection takes between 5 and 10 minutes.
  • 450 mLs are collected, the equivalent to about 2 measuring cups.
  • Donors get lots of treats and praises after collection.
  • Total time spent is about 30 minutes.

Are there Risks?

The most common risk of blood donation is bruising at the site of the venipuncture.  This issue is self limiting and poses no serious harm to your dog. It is also possible your dog may experience re-bleeding at the draw site.  Generally this will stop in a short time with the application of direct pressure. In rare cases your dog may experience dizziness.

These risks again are minimal and will be treated promptly if they pose harm to your pet.


Please contact a member of the Agate Bay Animal Hospital team to become involved.

Phone: (530)546-7522

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