Canine Blood donors
Does your pet want to become one of our pet stars by donating blood?
Want your dog to also become a life saver?
- Dog must be between 1-6 years old
- Good temperament, not aggressive and calm
- weight of over 25kg
- vaccinations up to date
- Must use tick and flea treatments monthly
- If they have ever received a blood transfusion themselves, they can’t become a blood donor
Here is how it works!
Blood is collected once every 3-4 months.
We will make an appointment with you 1-2 days prior to the day of collection.
You can choose to bring your pet in to the clinic, or we can fetch them from your home on the morning of collection at no cost. (In the latter case, they will have to spend the day with us as we can only return them once all the donor dogs for that day have donated blood.)
The Collection process:
The collection area on the neck is shaved and surgically prepared to avoid contamination or infection.
Blood is collected using a collection bag and needle similar to those used in humans.
In some cases a light sedation may be needed to calm nervous donors.
One bag of 500ml is collected per donor.
What happens to the blood after collection?
We store the blood in a dedicated fridge in our practice. It is used for critically ill patients suffering from babesia, auto immune mediated blood disease or trauma patients. Another component of blood, called plasma are used for our parvo patients, as well as rat poison cases.
In all of the above cases, blood or plasma transfusions are essential for the patients and could mean the difference between life and death.
As a token of our appreciation, after every donation you will have a choice at no charge of:
- an annual vaccination and deworming
- or a 8kg bag of Vets Choice of your choice
- or R300.00 credit on your account
If you are interested in joining this program, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our nurses or leave your contact details with reception and we will contact you. You are also welcome to email us your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
- We are proud to introduce you to Bakenkop Animal Clinics blood donors