Canine Community Donor Program

Photo: Yellow lab puppy on a leash

The Veterinary Blood Bank began screening donor dogs in February 2008 for enrollment into a community-based donation program. The hospital's blood bank collects, processes and stores canine blood needed for transfusions to treat a variety of conditions in dogs. Applications range from surgical complications to kidney failure.

In order to be blood donors, dogs must be

  • 1 to 8 years old
  • weigh at least 55 pounds
  • in excellent health

What you can expect

Blood donation for dogs is minimally invasive. During your first visit, which lasts about 30 minutes, dogs receive health examinations, have their blood typed, and are screened for infectious disease. (Dogs have 13 different blood types!) If cleared for further donation, the dog is invited to become a member of our canine blood donor program. Donation appointments can be scheduled as often as once per month. Results from the annual blood screening remains on file at the hospital and can be made available at any time to the dog's regular veterinarian. If any health problems are detected, the owner will be advised to follow up with the dog's regular veterinarian.

The annual health checks, which includes veterinary services valued at $300, is free, as are donation visits. All dogs leave with a "goodie bag" of treats in appreciation for their service. Donor dogs receive access to blood products should they need them. In addition to the obvious benefits to sick and injured pets, the program also provides an opportunity for dog owners to become involved in the veterinary community.

Appointments

Pet owners interested in having their dogs screened for donation may obtain more information or set up an appointment by calling the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at (530) 752-1393 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Veterinary Blood Bank offers appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and selected Saturdays.

Have a question and we're closed for the day? Email us anytime at VeterinaryBloodBank@ucdavis.edu. (Appointments cannot be made via email.)