The Canine and Feline Blood Donation Center
At any moment, an animal emergency requiring surgery happens. Just like humans, a successful emergency surgery requires having blood on hand. Too often a supply of blood is lacking. As a result, the IndyVet Blood Donation Center was created to provide and supply canine and feline blood products. The pet blood we collect is used by IndyVet and other veterinary hospitals for transfusions during emergency treatments, major surgeries and anemia. The supply we generate is used by veterinary practices throughout Indiana and across the United States.
Check out our donation video below of the blood collection process. It’s pretty simple! It takes about 30 minutes and your pet will not be anesthetized! Here are the steps to our collection process:
– Our center collects written information from you on your pet’s history
– We will perform a brief physical examination and will take a sample blood for further tests
– If your pet passes all of the donation criteria, we will then take a blood donation from the pet
– Afterwards, your animal will receive a cute bandana and lots of love from our staff
Each unit of whole blood is broken down into packed red blood cells and plasma. Nothing is wasted and each unit can save 2-4 pets. Packed red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, while plasma can be stored for five years.
We consistently have a need for blood donors. The stringent requirements mandated to become a dog or cat blood donor lowers the number of qualified volunteers and the longevity of their service. If your dog or cat meets our requirements, please sign up today! See here for dog requirements, or this page for cat requirements.