Blood Donor ProgramYour Pet Could Save Lives
The blood donor program has been established to help our patients who are in need of whole blood transfusions. The patients may be suffering from an immune disease, trauma or in critical condition and are in urgent need of whole blood. Fresh whole blood is the best way we can help to save these patient's lives.
For your pet to become a donor you must be an established client with the Alexandria Animal Hospital for at least one (1) year. Canine Donors must be at least 50 pounds, between the ages of 1-5 years old, and have a good temperament. Females must be spayed with no previous pregnancies. Feline donors must be over 8 pounds, between the ages of 1-5 years old, have a good temperament and be indoors only. Females must be spayed with no previous pregnancies. Pets with a health condition that requires the long term use of medication are not eligible for the program. Once accepted, your pet will be a part of the blood donor program until your pet's 8th birthday.
We provide services 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year; therefore it is possible you could be called to bring in your pet AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT. We frequently have emergencies in the middle of the night in need of transfusions. You must be willing to come in on short notice, at night, on weekends and holidays. It is possible your pet could donate up to 5 times a year. On average donors are called to donate 2 to 3 times a year.
If you are accepted into our blood donor program your pet will receive, free of charge, an annual wellness exam with or without vaccines and diagnostic blood tests. Blood tests include blood typing, screening for infectious diseases and an extensive general health profile. As long as your pet is active in the blood donor program they will receive an annual wellness exam and general health profile every year, free of charge.
The Donation Process
Each time your pet is called in to donate, the doctor will first examine your pet. A small blood sample is then drawn to test your pet's current red blood cell count. If no abnormalities are found, your pet will be lightly sedated to help them relax while the blood is being drawn. A small square of fur will be shaved from your pet's neck and the site will be cleaned. After the blood is drawn, your pet will be given subcutaneous (under the skin) fluids and offered a small meal when they are awake. You will have the option of leaving your pet with us overnight or picking up your pet when they are awake. We will also be taking a picture of your pet to pass along to the transfusion recipient. We greatly appreciate the life saving generosity of our special donor friends. Our staff and the recipients of these donations thank you in advance for your time. If you are interested in having your pet be a participant in our donor program, or have any questions, please call 703-751-2022 and leave a message at extension 263.