Valley Farm Animal Hospital canine blood bank is able to supply the needs of our own hospital and we are sometimes even able to supply blood to a few other veterinary practices in the area. We are always looking for new donor dogs to join our team of life savers.
Animals can donate blood, without any harm to themselves, just as people do. Like humans, animals have different blood groups and test kits are available so that we can test your dog and select the safest donor blood type, which is DEA1.1 negative.
There is much less demand for blood transfusions for cats. We will usually take blood from one can immediately transfuse it in to the sick cat. Cats that are donors need to be restricted indoors to prevent accidental transmission of the viral diseases FIV and FeLV which would then be passed on to the recipient.
To be suitable as a blood donor your dog must fulfil the following criteria:
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All dogs accepted as donors will receive free annual vaccinations and a blood profile to test basic organ health as well as additional discounts on Ultra Dog food, Bravecto Tick and Flea treatments and de-wormer tablets.
Blood transfusions are required for patients that:
- Are anaemic due to trauma or surgery
- Are anaemic due to disease such as biliary or other haemolytic anaemias
- Have a clotting problem due to rat poison toxicity (warfarin) or liver failure
- Have a critical blood protein loss which needs plasma to increase levels, e.g. puppies with parvovirus diarrhoea (katgriep)
Donors can donate 450 ml of blood (1 unit) for every 25kg of weight.
- It is safe to take 2 units from dogs over 45 kg.
- Dogs do not show the light headedness experienced by people after donation, as they have a different blood pressure system.
- Dogs can safely donate blood every 4 – 6 weeks.
- Depending on the type of bag that is used for collection, the blood products can be processed into whole blood, packed red blood cells and plasma.
- The processing of blood allows better utilisation of this very valuable resource.
- Whole blood can be stored for 4 weeks in a fridge, packed red blood cells for 6 weeks and plasma is frozen within 8 hrs of collection and is stored at -20°C for 12 months.