On-site Blood Bank
At CVSG, we understand the importance of having blood products available when needed. Our donors are extensively screened to ensure only healthy dogs and cats participate in our program. Our goal is to provide in-house patients, as well as veterinary hospitals in the Denver area, a reliable source of blood and blood products.
All donors have the following testing performed prior to entry into our program:
- Complete blood count
- Blood chemistry profile and electrolytes
- Heartworm test
- Complete blood typing for dog erythrocyte antigens
- Screening for red blood cell borne diseases and tick borne diseases
Blood Bank products and services available include:
- Fresh frozen plasma (when protein is needed)
- Packed Red Blood Cells (when just RBCs are needed)
- Fresh blood
Donors are called in when red blood cells, plasma, platelets and clotting factors are needed.
Blood typing is available for blood recipients (with submission of a purple top tube)
Clotting panel (PT/PTT) evaluation is also available (clotting times).
Frequently Asked Questions
- Must be healthy, friendly, and even tempered
- Be between the ages of 1-8 years old
- Weigh more than 50 lbs
- Current on vaccinations
- Be on heartworm medication April – October
- Not on any medications besides nutritional supplements, thyroid medications, or antihistamines
- Have never received a blood donation
- Female dogs that have never been pregnant
- Although your dog can safely give blood every 30 to 45 days, a donation is typically given every 60 to 90 days.
- Blood donation is not painful to the blood donor. As in human medicine, the most common potential side effect is bruising at the site of collection (the neck area). About a ½ liter of blood is taken at each donation.
- Light sedation is commonly used on our canine donors. The canine blood donor will be required to lay on their side for the donation and must be able to remain still for approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Plan to have your dog here for about 1-2 hours. You have the option to drop off or wait for the procedure.
- An annual exam will be performed and full lab work including 4DX (tick testing and heart worm), complete blood count, full chemistry, urinalysis (free catch sample is acceptable), fecal (if sample provided), and brucellosis testing is sent out. Results are reported back in 72 hours.
- The donor family is given $100 every third donation.
- The donor family is given $75 per emergency call-in
- Patients will be eligible for a unit of blood at no cost if it is needed.
- 10% off emergency services for active blood donors.