Each year, thousands of pets’ lives are saved through dog and cat blood donations. At VSH, blood component therapy is commonly-used for traumatic injuries, parasitic and immune-related disease, for surgical procedures, and many other life-threatening problems. As our patient load grows, our need for quality blood products grows as well.
How You and Your Pet Can Help
Our Blood Donor Program collects dog and cat blood donations from healthy pets. If you are interested in participating in this life-saving program and your pet meets the requirements, we will set up a screening appointment, during which your cat or dog will be given a physical exam by one of our critical care specialists. A small amount of blood will be drawn by our Blood Donor Program staff for laboratory screening and typing.
**All pets must have an overall good temperament and be current on all vaccines.
Every 6-8 weeks (or as needed) your pet will be called upon to donate blood. Please bring your pet in within 1-2 days of the call as we are generally in immediate need of blood.
Donors will be compensated at the time of each donation and will receive:
- an initial examination with a critical care specialist along with screening lab work
- examinations prior to each donation and yearly complimentary bloodwork
Common Reasons for Transfusions
- Internal Hemorrhage
- Hemolytic Anemia
Thank you for your interest in the Blood Donor Program! If you have any questions, please contact in Sorrento Valley: Veronica Brown or Nicole Edwards at 1-858-875-7500, North County: Shannon Fagerlund 1-760-466-0600, or contact us by email.
Our blood donor program is a member of the following Associations:
International Association of Veterinary Blood Banks
Association of Veterinary Hematology and Transfusion Medicine
Thank you to Zoetis for their program support.