Canine Blood Donor Program
Requirements for IndyVet's Canine Blood Donor Program:
Canine blood donors must meet stringent requirements:
- Be between 1 – 8 years of age;
- Must be 50 pounds minimum weight;
- Have never received a blood transfusion;
- In good general health and current on all vaccinations (proof is required);
- Consistently taking heartworm and flea preventative;
- Pass comprehensive blood screening, blood typing, and infectious disease screening.
All potential donors must fill out a Donor Pre-Registration Form before coming in for their consultation
Through the IndyVet program each donor will receive a yearly stipend to assist in maintaining the wellness criteria that our donors must uphold. This stipend is made payable to your family veterinarian and is to be used as payment toward required wellness services such as annual physical examination, blood work, vaccines, heartworm preventative, and flea and tick preventative.
After each six donations, donors will also receive a Blood Donor Reward Card that can be used at IndyVet for any service (emergency, internal medicine, surgery, and/or ophthalmology).
Could Your Dog Be The Next Hero?
The IndyVet Canine Blood Donation Center provides canine blood for use at veterinary practices throughout Indiana and across the United States. Dog blood (K9) is used by IndyVet and other veterinary hospitals for transfusions during emergency treatments, major surgeries and anemia involving canine patients.
IndyVet’s canine blood donation center collects, separates, and stores blood. 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 dogs. Canine packed red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, while canine plasma can be stored for five years.
Having fresh prepared canine blood product allows IndyVet to treat many life threatening emergencies immediately. Having fresh blood products allows IndyVet to provide superior services internally as well as providing blood products to hundreds of veterinary practices across the United States.