Blood Donations
Most dog owners are unaware of the need for canine blood donations. There are blood bank
locations nationwide, but most veterinary blood banks use blood from a confined colony of canine
"humane blood" collected from donors who are beloved pets, thus eliminating the need to keep dogs
in cages for this purpose. Most blood banks require that an individual dog donates blood 5-7 times in
a 12 month period. If your dog becomes a blood bank donor, he/she will be eligible for the following
benefits (may vary slightly depending on the program collecting the blood):

Blood Typing

Blood chemistry profile and complete blood count yearly

Tests for Ehrlichia and Heartworm every 6 months

Brucella test

Von Willebrand's test

Tests for Hemobartonella, Babesia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever yearly

Physical examination every time your dog donates

For each unit of blood donated, a donor in good standing will receive a free unit of red blood cells or plasma should injury or
disease ever warrant its use

Requirements of donors (may vary slightly):

A healthy canine weighing 35 lbs. or more and between the ages of 9 months and 7 1/2 years.
He/she must be able to donate 5-7 times a year. Dogs can safely donate every 3 weeks.

Donors must be maintained on heartworm preventative during mosquito season.

Donors must be up to date with their regular veterinarian's health and vaccination schedule.

Some medications may prevent your dog from donating.

Hawkeye and Pebbles donated blood every 7 weeks for several years.  They have now aged out of the program.  Levi will continue to be a regular donor for several more years.
WJLA (ABC Channel 7 in the Washington, DC viewing area) did a story about the Eastern Veterinarian Blood Bank.  They wanted to feature dogs who donate blood to the EVBB, so Pebbles and Hawkeye were included in the segment. Dr. Ann Schneider is the founder and director of the EVBB, the largest canine blood bank in the USA.  The day was also to celebrate the 6000th dog to donate blood to the EVBB.  They aired the segment on 1/30/08.
Dr. Ann w/ Pebbles and Hawkeye
Pebbles getting peanut butter, a typical treat for donating blood
Dr. Ann w/ Pebbles and Hawkeye
Dr. Ann w/ Pebbles and Hawkeye
Dr. Ann w/ Pebbles and Hawkeye
Click here for an article from
Tufts University about
Pebbles, Levi, and Hawkeye
Click here for a list of links
for blood donation locations

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