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Why should my pet donate blood?

To save lives.

There is currently a shortage of canine & feline blood in the Pittsburgh region.  Together with your healthy pet, we can build our Community Blood Bank so that it is available when there is a pet in need.

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
  • Yearly Blood Work
  • $50 Voucher to Use at your Primary Vet Each Time your Pet Donates
  • Knowing Your Pet is Helping to Save the Lives of Other Pets
  • Treat Bag

Canine Donor Requirements

  • 1-7 years old, Male or Female
  • Weighs 50lbs or more
  • On Heartworm, and Flea/Tick Prevention
  • Current on Vaccinations
  • No History of Serious Health 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, Male or Female
  • Weighs 10lbs or more
  • Current on Vaccinations, and on Flea/Tick Prevention
  • No Previous Blood/Plasma Transfusions
  • Not Currently Pregnant or Lactating

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What are you screening for?
Your pet is screened for any potential infectious diseases, their blood type, a CBC, as well as their overall biochemical profile.

How often can my animal donate blood?
They can donate every 6 to 8 weeks, but typically only 5 to 6 times per year.

What happens during the procedure, and how long does it take?
The donation process takes about 10 to 15 minutes. The area over the jugular vein will have to be cleaned and sterilized (including shaving an area of approximately 2” x 4” along the neck.)

Will donating blood hurt my pet?
No! The pain is minimal just like human donation. It feels like a quick pinch to your pet and it is over in seconds.

Where can I find out about the next Blood Drive?You can ‘Like’ facebook.com/UniversityVeterinarySpecialists to stay up-to-date with all of our Community Blood Bank events.

How do I schedule my pet’s first screening?
You can schedule your pet’s screening by calling (412) 500-5010.