What would you do if your beloved pet was injured from a car accident or needed surgery, had cancer or a bleeding disorder? As pets become more and more a part of our family, and with the growth in veterinary specialty services, the demand for transfusion therapy to treat many diseases and injuries has risen dramatically. Everyday, sick and injured animals rely on transfusion therapy. The need for blood products continually increases. Please seriously consider having your pet become a Blood Donor Hero to help us meet this growing demand.
When do veterinarians need blood products?
Common situations when blood products (blood or plasma) may be used are with critically ill patients with cancer, anemia, clotting problems, internal parasites, heat stroke, or traumatic blood loss (auto accident, bite wounds). The Rogan Rexford Animal Blood Bank allows veterinarians to treat their patients quickly and safely with blood collected from volunteers.
We need your help. Please allow your pet to save the lives of other beloved pets and become a "blood donor hero."
It is a priority to have healthy donors; therefore, each year our donors are given a routine examination and blood tests.
Dog (Canine) Donor Eligibility
- Between 1 & 7 years of age (if 7 y.o. must have just turned 7 y.o.)
- Weight: 50 lbs. or more
- Healthy with a gentle temperament
- Comfortable with handling by non-family members
- Current with vaccinations
- Never had a blood transfusion
- Tested negative for blood-borne diseases (free testing by blood bank)
- Must be on heartworm preventative year round
- Flea & tick preventative recommended, but not required
- Not currently in a breeding program (female dogs)
- Must have Saturday availability; donations take place at PVSEC on Saturday's only. Drop off is at 10am and pickup is at 1pm.
Blood donation takes about 15-20 minutes. Owners will drop off their pet for a few hours. The procedure will not jeopardize your pet's health, and is not painful. Since many pets behave much better when the owner is not around, we prefer that you not be present, making the process easier and faster. Some dogs may require light sedation.
We lie your dog down on his or her side on comfortable blankets and clip an area of hair over the jugular vein. After preparing the area with a sterile scrub, blood is collected through a needle into a sterile collection set. Dogs should be fasted for 10-12 hours prior to giving blood. Afterwards your pet is given lots of TLC, water, and treats.
Blood samples are sent to ANTECH Diagnostics for a complete blood count, chemistry panel, and blood typing at no charge.
A Rewarding Experience – Why Donate?
- Approximately $300.00 in blood tests done at no charge which includes blood typing and comprehensive blood screening (with a copy for your rDVM)
- A physical examination
- An ACAF tag that identifies your pet as a blood donor and a Blood Donor Hero bandana
- Will be tested for blood-borne diseases including heartworm
Information needed from pet owners
Signed consent prior to donation. Completed health history form, including questions on medical history, vaccinations and overall health.
We require that dogs in our donor program donate a minimum of 3-4 times per year to make testing cost-effective. Dogs can donate every 2 months. Immediately after donation, the body starts to replace the blood that was given. Must have Saturday availability; donations take place at PVSEC on Saturday's only. Drop off is at 10am and pickup is at 1pm.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment: 412-348-2589 or [email protected] - Located at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC).
Currently, we only have PVSEC employee feline donors in our program. We do not accept community feline donors at this time.
BLOOD BANK TEAM
Blood Bank Director, Dr. Christine Guenther
Technical Supervisor, Dan Kavanaugh
Coordinator, Jessica Balogh
- Ashleah Stone
- Carol Suess
- Jackie Dawson
- Janice Curnow
- Jessi Neel
- John Bennett
- Kyle John
- Laura Heidinger
- Shelly Chesmer
- Steph Forbeck