The Need for Donors

As an emergency hospital we have seen firsthand how crucial a blood transfusion can be in the successful recovery of pets with serious illness or trauma. Since our Blood Donor Program began over 20 years ago, we have relied on the loyal support of donor animals and their families to help us provide life-saving blood products for other pets in need.

There are other hospitals that accept blood donations for their own patients; however, when those clinics don’t have the blood they need they turn to a blood bank like us. As the largest and most established blood bank in BC we collect donations for our own hospital use and to supply most of the large specialty and emergency hospitals in the Lower Mainland with the blood products they require. Our experience and equipment allows us to produce all our own blood products in-house and our large donor pool enables us to maintain a fresh stock of blood for our patients and the other clinics that depend on us.

If you would like more information on our blood donor program please email us. For answers to the most common questions about the program see our Blood Donor FAQs

How We Say Thank-you

To thank you for your pet’s life-saving donation you will receive a gift card of your choice after each donation and your pet gets treats donated by Bark and Fitz Langley and JD Farms

We run regular blood tests to monitor the health of our donors at no charge to you, and if one of our blood donors requires emergency care we will waive our standard emergency fee and will never charge if we need to perform a blood transfusion for your donor pet.

Canine Criteria

Must be between the ages of 1 and 6 yrs old to enter the program

Body weight greater than 30 lbs

Good physical condition and temperament

No previous transfusions

Heartworm negative

Packed cell volume greater than 40 percent

DEA 1.2, 1.X and 7 negative (we will type if suitable)

Preferably spayed or neutered

 

We ask that owners of qualified dogs feed their pet premium quality dry or canned food (no raw diets please). We also ask that while you’re in the program your pet stays current on flea/deworming as well as vaccines.

Feline Criteria

Must be between the ages of 1 and 4 yrs old to enter the program

Body weight greater than 8 lbs

Good physical condition and temperament

No previous transfusions

Indoor cat

Packed cell volume greater than 35 percent

FeLV, FIV, Mycoplasma Hemofelis negative

Spayed or neutered

 

We ask that owners of qualified cats feed their pet premium quality dry or canned food.
We also ask that while you’re in the program your pet stays current on flea/deworming as well as vaccines.