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What to expect from a blood donor visit

  • Plan on being here for 30-60 minutes for the full procedure.
  • Your dog/cat will receive a full physical exam and have required blood work completed prior to the donation.
  • During your first visit prior to donating, we will complete a panel of routine bloodwork, infectious disease screening, and blood typing.
  • Each year thereafter, your pet will have the routine bloodwork and infectious disease screening completed again.
  • Prior to each donation we will check a small amount of bloodwork to make sure your pet is not anemic and can safely donate.
  • During the donation your dog/cat will be gently held in either a lying down or sitting up position so that we are able to draw the blood.
  • The procedure takes around 5-10 minutes to draw the blood once we have begun.
  • A small patch will be shaved on the neck so that we are able to clean the skin and have unobstructed access to the vein.
  • Some clipper irritation may be noticed depending on your pets haircoat.
  • Sometimes we need to shave an area on the left and right side of the neck.
  • After the blood draw, we will apply pressure to the venipuncture site to reduce any potential bruising.
  • A light bandage may be placed for you to go home with. This bandage can be removed approximately 1 hour after your appointment.
  • Occasionally, despite our best efforts, bruises may be noticeable.
  • We will feed your dog/cat a nutritious meal after the donation, and we will provide access to water during their time with us.
  • Please let us know if there are any food sensitivities we should know about.
  • We will monitor them for about 30 minutes after the donation to make sure they do not have any issues.
  • If a longer monitoring period is needed for any reason, we will keep you well informed
  • Once at home avoid play and exercise for 24 hours.
  • Leash walk outside and avoid using neck leads.
  • Your pet can have access to food and water as normal.