Special thanks to Amy Lane of Fox Creek Farm, www.goldendoodles.net
for her efforts on raising awareness for the need for Canine Blood Banks.
Currently most blood used by Veterinarians is harvested from a confined colony of canine donors - dogs who reside in a housing facility and donate blood every month. The goal of Canine Blood banks is to provide "humane blood" collected from pet donors. There are blood bank locations in Australia, Canada and the U.S.
Most blood banks require that each dog donates blood 5 to 7 times over a 12 month period. If your dog becomes a donor, most are eligible for the following benefits (may vary slightly at each centre):
• Blood Typing
• Blood chemistry profile and complete blood count yearly
• Tests for Ehrlichia and Heartworm every 6 months
• Brucella test
• Von Willebrand's test
• Tests for Hemobartonella, Babesia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever yearly
• Physical examination every time your dog donates
• For each unit of blood donated, a donor in good standing will receive a free unit of red blood cells or plasma should injury or disease ever warrant its use.
Requirements of donors (may vary slightly):
A healthy canine weighing 35 lbs. or more and between the ages of 9 months and 7 1/2 years.
He/she must be able to donate 5-7 times a year. Dogs can safely donate every 3 weeks.
Donors must be maintained on heartworm preventative during mosquito season.
Donors must be up to date with their regular veterinarian's health and vaccination schedule.
Some medications may prevent your dog from donating.
Here is a list of Canine Blood Banks we have found. If you find any others, please get back to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario -- Kingston http://www.animalbloodbank.ca/
Maryland - Belair, Bowie, Cambridge, College Park, Columbia, Frederick, Funkstown, Jefferson, Monkton, Prince Frederick, Sandy Spring, Severn, Severna Park, Timonium, Westminster
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia http://w3.vet.upenn.edu/research/centers/penngen/services/transfusionlab/pabb.html" http://w3.vet.upenn.edu/research/centers/penngen/services/transfusionlab/pabb.html
Virginia - Arlington, Centreville, Fairfax, Great Falls, Herndon, Leesburg, Sterling http://www.evbb.com/index1.html" http://www.evbb.com/index1.html
West Virginia - Charles Town http://www.evbb.com/index1.html" http://www.evbb.com/index1.html
Wisconsin - Madison http://www.emergencyclinicforanimals.com/volunteer_blood_donor_program.htm" http://www.emergencyclinicforanimals.com/volunteer_blood_donor_program.htm
Your Dood can make a difference!
The information contained on this site is in no way intended to replace that of proper veterinary advice, diagnosis or treatment.
It is meant to provide resource, so that we can better understand canine health related issues.