Dog and Cat Blood Donations



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.

Donor Requirements


  • Overall good health
  • 1-7 years of age
  • Over 55 lbs
  • Current on monthly flea, tick and heartworm prevention


  • Overall good health
  • 1-7 years of age
  • Indoor only
  • Over 10lbs
  • Current on monthly flea prevention

**All pets must have an overall good temperament and be current on all vaccines.

All donors will receive complimentary blood work every six to 12 months while enrolled in the program.

Donor Responsibilities

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.

Donor Compensation

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

  • Trauma
  • Internal Hemorrhage
  • Hemolytic Anemia
  • Coagulation
  • Abnormalities

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.