Did you know your dog or cat could be a blood donor and save lives?? Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital has an animal blood bank and we are currently collecting units of blood from both our canine and feline donors. Throughout the year our blood bank coordinator also holds screening clinics to recruit new volunteer donors.

Potential donors are:
-Healthy, vaccinated dogs between 9 months and 8 years of age, weighing at least 25kg
-Healthy vaccinated cats between 10 months and 8 years of age, weighing at least 5kg
-Pets with a calm and friendly disposition
-Pets who have never had a blood transfusion themselves

Blood donations do not jeopardize the donor's health. All donors receive complimentary blood typing and annual lab work, as well as a brief physical exam before each donation to ensure their health. Dogs may donate as often as every 3 months, and cats as often as every 4 months.

Some dogs and most cats receive a light sedative to donate. The process takes a few minutes and the pet is monitored closely throughout. Fluid therapy is provided as needed to maintain good blood pressure, and a veterinarian is present during the donation process to ensure the donor's safety, with or without sedation.

If you are interested in having your pet screened as a blood donor, or if you would like more information about animal blood donations and the requirements, please contact the hospital and ask for Melissa Hill.

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