Requirements for IndyVet's Feline Blood Donor Program:
Feline blood donors must meet stringent requirements:
- Be between 1 – 6 years of age;
- Must be 8.5 pounds or greater;
- Have never received a blood transfusion;
- In good general health and current on all vaccinations (proof is required);
- 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 Cat Be The Next Hero?
The IndyVet Feline Blood Donation Center provides feline blood for use at veterinary practices throughout Indiana and across the United States. Cat blood is used by IndyVet and other veterinary hospitals for transfusions during emergency treatments, major surgeries and anemia involving feline patients.
IndyVet’s feline 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 cats. Feline packed red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, while feline plasma can be stored for five years.
Having fresh prepared feline 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 feline blood products to hundreds of veterinary practices across the United States.