Houston’s first veterinary blood bank to open with a blood drive for people and pets

HOUSTON, Texas — You’ve probably never attended a blood drive like this one – it’s designed to save the lives of both people and pets.

The drive is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and it will celebrate the opening of the first veterinary blood bank in Houston, at North Houston Veterinary Specialty and Emergency (NHVS). NHVS is a BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital.

The event will be held at the NHVS Willowbrook hospital, 19311 SH 249. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will have a mobile unit on site to collect donations from people.  Human donors can also bring their four-legged friends and learn more about the NHVS blood bank, which opened earlier this year.

“We’re really excited to be able to provide this service to the Houston area,” said Christina Boyer, NHVS practice manager. “Many people aren’t aware that dogs and cats can donate blood, just like humans do. But our generous donors  will help save the lives of animals throughout the region.”

Several pre-screened dogs and cats will donate blood during the drive so that owners and members of the media can observe and get a clearer understanding of the process.  In addition, NHVS veterinary technicians will be on hand to screen potential pet donors.

There are several benefits to having your dog or cat donate blood, but the biggest one is simply knowing these donations can save the lives of other pets in the future. The donors’ plasma and packed red blood cells will assist animals suffering from trauma, toxin ingestion, auto-immune diseases and heat stroke, as well as those who are preparing for or recovering from surgery.

In addition, dog and cat donors will receive at no cost to their owner:

  • Exam by one of our clinicians
  • Complete blood work
  • Heartworm test
  • Thyroid test
  • Infectious disease testing
  • Blood typing
  • Plenty of hugs and kisses

Donor pets or another pet in a donor household can also receive one free blood product after six successful donations.

In order to donate, dogs and cats must be between the ages of 1-8 and be in good health. To learn more about requirements for pet blood donors, please click here.