Emergency Blood Donor Program

Just like in human medicine, our furry companions experience injuries and illnesses that often require blood transfusions. Blood loss from trauma, cancer, surgeries or life-threatening infections are some of the reasons why an animal would need a blood transfusion. Artemis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Services Blood Donor Program was created to help the increasing demand for blood for our veterinary patients. Our veterinary blood bank relies on local pet donors to ensure our blood supply is always fresh and fully stocked.

Artemis VESS’s Blood Donor Program is designed to not only help patients in need but to benefit donors as well. Animals registered with the program receive annual exams and annual blood work (including a complete blood count, chemistry, infectious disease screening and heartworm test). Participants are made as comfortable as possible during the donation process and are given a bag of treats after every donation. Artemis VESS considers the health of the donor to be very important and we will consider the health and well being of the pet prior to obtaining a donation. If one of our doctor’s has a medical concern (physical or emotional) about your pet they will not allow a donation to take place.  

Animal blood donors have specific requirements that need to be met before they can be considered for donation. The following guidelines will help you determine if blood donation is an option for your pet.

For Dogs:

  • Between the ages of 1 – 7 years old.
  • Not aggressive.
  • Not on any medications for chronic illnesses.
  • Greater than 50 lbs (healthy weight).
  • Not used for breeding, must be a neutered male or spayed female.
  • Must have a negative heartworm test in the last year & be on preventatives (heartworm and flea /tick).
  • Must have a Rabies vaccine and DHLPP vaccine within the last three years.
  • Have never received a blood transfusion.

For Cats:

  • Between the ages of 1 – 7 years old.
  • Not aggressive.
  • Not on any medications for chronic illnesses.
  • Greater than 9.5 lbs (healthy weight).
  • Indoor only.
  • Not used for breeding, must be a neutered male or spayed female.
  • Must have a Rabies vaccine within the last year and FVRCP vaccine within the last three years.
  • Have never received a blood transfusion.

 

If your pet meets the above criteria and you are interested in having them become a blood donor please fill out and submit our online form. A member of our blood donor team will contact you to provide you with additional information and set up an assessment appointment for your pet.

Animal Blood Donation Facts:

  • Just like humans, dogs and cats have blood types.
  • Canine and feline blood has a shelf life of 30 to 35 days.
  • Although there is a dog blood type that is universal, there is no universal cat blood type.
  • Dogs have 8 blood types; cats have 3 blood types.
  • Dogs can only donate their blood to other dogs and cats to other cats.
  • Retired racing Greyhounds are the most common blood donors.