Blood Donor Program
Our blood donor program was established to offer hospitalized patients access to life-saving whole blood products without having to wait for a delivery from the blood bank. Timely treatment can often mean the difference between life and death when pets are faced with a critical injury or illness that requires a whole blood transfusion.
Our program includes both canine and feline blood donors. At this time, we do not use blood obtained from our donors for patients outside of our hospital.
If your pet meets the eligibility criteria below and you are interested in having your pet participate in our donor program, please contact Samantha Holmes, (by phone at 631-369-4513 or by email at s.holmes@pet-ER.com) about getting the process started.
- At least one-year-old and no older than 8 years of age
- Up-to-date on vaccines
- Have current blood work (can be screened on-site at no charge)
- Must be on flea/tick/heartworm prevention, preferably year-round
- Has not received a blood transfusion
- No history of testing positive for any blood-borne diseases such as Bartonella, Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Babesia, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Indoor only
- Weigh at least 10 pounds
- Negative for FIV/FeLV (feline AIDS and leukemia)
- Vaccine requirements: rabies, FVRCP
- Weigh at least 55 pounds
- Vaccine requirements: rabies, DA2PP, Bordatella
- Some breeds such as Akitas, are not eligible due to blood storage issues (please contact us if you are unsure whether or not your dog’s breed qualifies).
- Dobermans are not eligible unless proof of certified testing is provided to show they are free of Von Willebrand’s Disease (mother and father must be free from inherited form of disease).
Other Program Requirements
- Both dogs and cats must have a temperament screening with the blood donor supervisor prior to being approved for the program. Donors should be friendly, amenable to handling by strangers, and comfortable with restraint.
- Owners must be comfortable with having their pet lightly sedated at the time of donation.
- Owners must be willing to bring their pet in on short notice and receive phone calls during off-hours as our hospital is open 24/7, 365. We will always be courteous and respectful of your time. Unless absolutely necessary, we will avoid calling you between the hours of 9pm-8am.
- Owners are responsible for communicating any change in their pet’s health status.