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Inquire if your dog can be a hero.

Have you ever wondered where blood comes from when dogs need it during surgery? Well, dogs can be blood donors just like us. In fact, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has a blood bank on the premises and is always looking for new donors.

The blood bank opened as a service and implemented its community-based canine donor program in February 2008. The hospital’s blood bank collects, processes and stores the canine blood needed for transfusions to treat a variety of conditions in dogs. To date, the blood bank has dispensed more than 4,000 units of blood products for use in canine patients within the hospital. 

In order to be a blood donor, dogs must meet the following criteria:
•    Must weigh at least 55 pounds
•    Must be current on flea/tick/heartworm medications
•    Must be current on vaccines for rabies, distemper, parvovirus, K9 hepatitis
•    Must be between the ages of 1 and 8 years
•    Must be in excellent health
•    Must have good temperament

If you think your dog may be a candidate, please contact the Small Animal Clinic at 530-752-1393. Donations are done on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, as well as two Saturdays a month. All dogs who are able to donate will be given a “goody bag” full of treats in appreciation for their service, and will also receive blood products for life at UC Davis if they should ever be in need of a transfusion. If a donor donates at least every other month, medications for flea, tick and heartworm will be provided for the dog as long they are enrolled in the program.

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 45,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer