Blood Donation

Could your dog be a life saver?
Canine blood donor FAQ’s

Why do we need dog blood in veterinary hospitals?

Just like with people, dogs can need life-saving blood transfusions for a variety of reasons. They can lose blood following a traumatic accident, poisonings, during major surgeries or due to cancers.

Who is a suitable doggy blood donor?

  • Healthy
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Not on any medications
  • Aged between 2 and 8 years
  • Large dogs (greater than 25kg)
  • Calm temperament
  • Never had a blood transfusion before

What is involved in blood collection?

An examination is performed by one of our Vets to make sure your dog is a suitable donor. We will then place an intravenous catheter into a front leg and collect a small blood sample. Your dog will have a FREE blood test performed to make sure that their body is functioning properly.

If they are a suitable donor, they will then lay down and have a section of hair clipped on their neck over their jugular vein. This is to ensure that the area is clean and sterile prior to inserting the needle. A blood collection system is used to collect 450mL of blood.

After the blood is collected a bandage is applied to the neck, intravenous fluids are given to replace what was taken, and a tasty meal is fed, along with plenty of cuddles.

How long does it take?

The collection process takes about 10minutes, but it does take time to run the blood tests and allow your dog to fully recover. Donors will need to stay in the hospital for about two to three hours. Unfortunately, you can’t stay with your dog whilst the donation is being given.

How many times can my dog donate blood?

Dogs can give blood every six weeks if needed. However, we would limit it to a maximum of twice per year.

Are there any adverse effects following blood donation?

There should not be any adverse effects after donation. When your dog returns home, feed them a good meal and limit exercise for the next 24 hours. Of course, if you are concerned, call or visit AHVEC for advice.

Rewards for a life-saving donation!

  • Free examination with each donation
  • Free blood test each year
  • $100 AHVEC voucher to be used in the event of an after hours emergency for any pet in the family.
  • Knowledge that you and your dog have played an important role in saving a life.

Contact Us

If you think your special doggy family member would be a suitable blood donor and would like to be part of a life-saving team of dogs, please contact the friendly team at AHVEC.

Phone: 1300 302 912     Email:

If you are interested in your dog becoming a life-saving blood donor, please fill out the form below…

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Approx weight

Date of last vaccination

Regular Vet Clinic

Do you consent to AHVEC contacting your regular veterinary clinic for your dog’s history?
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I would be available to bring my dog in at a pre-arranged time on weekends to donate.
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I would be available to bring my dog in at any time of day or night for emergency donations.
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