Community Blood Bank

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Community Blood Bank 2017-05-09T17:00:00+00:00

Whether it be an illness or emergency, sometimes our pets need blood products. The blood bank at University Veterinary Specialists was created to aid and support the increasing demand for blood in our community, and in the Pittsburgh region.

Animal blood donation is so important, and if your pet becomes a donor there are great benefits. Help save up to 12 lives per year!

Donor Benefits

  • Physical Exam
  • Annual Blood Work
  • $50 Voucher for Each Donation to Use Towards Preventative Pet Care
  • Knowing Your Pet is Helping to Save the Lives of Other Pets
  • Treat Bag

Canine Donor Requirements

  • 1.5-7 Years Old
  • Weighs 60 Pounds or More
  • On Heartworm Prevention
  • Current on Vaccinations
  • No History of Serious Issues
  • Happy Demeanor
  • No Previous Blood/Plasma Transfusions
  • Not Currently Pregnant or Lactating
  • Not on Antibiotics, Aspirin, Antihistamines or Steroids

Feline Donor Requirements

  • Indoor Cat
  • 1-8 Years Old
  • Weighs 10 Pounds or More
  • Current on Vaccinations
  • No Previous Blood/Plasma Transfusions
  • Not Currently Pregnant or Lactating

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

  • Who can donate blood?

The ideal blood donor is a friendly, healthy, clinically normal animal that is not currently pregnant or lactating (if female). Donors with be up to date on vaccinations and free of infections and parasites, especially blood borne diseases.  The donor must also be 1.5-7 years old and weigh over 60 pounds.  The blood donor can NEVER have received a blood transfusion in its lifetime.

  • What are you screening for?

Your pet is scanned for any potential infectious diseases, and their blood type is tested.

  • How often can my animal donate blood?

They can donate as often as every 6 to 8 weeks, but typically collect blood 5 to 6 times per year.

  • Where is the blood collected/drawn from?

Left or right jugular vein.

  • How long does the procedure take and what happens during the procedure?

The donation process takes about 10-15 minutes. The area over the jugular vein will have to be cleaned and prepped sterilely (includes shaving an area of approximately 2”x4” along the neck.

  • What are the incentives to have my animal donate blood?

Once your dog has been cleared to be in the program, at every donation they will receive a 3-month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm medications. Along with free annual blood work and vaccinations.

  • Will donating blood hurt my dog?

No! The pain is minimal just like human donation. It feels like a quick pinch to your dog and is over in seconds.

  • Does my dog need to be spayed/neutered to donate?

No, however we do encourage all owners to have their pets spayed/neutered.

  • Is there anything I can do to prepare my dog for donations?

We ask that your pet fasts for 8 hours before a screening or donation.