Donated blood is often needed to perform life-saving medical care in human hospitals. It may surprise you to learn that blood donations are also in high demand in veterinary hospitals.
BluePearl’s veterinary blood bank collects blood donations from dogs and cats in the Richmond community. Donated blood is used to save the lives of pets who suffer from trauma, anemia, complications that require complex surgery, and more.
Aside from knowing that your pet is helping to save lives, there are other benefits to signing your pet up as a donor, including:
$40 credit for our hospital for each donation – which can be rendered through our emergency, internal medicine and surgery departments
Free health screening including bloodwork to test for infectious diseases
Lots of treats, cuddles and love from our blood bank veterinary team!
To sign up as a donor, your pet must meet the following requirements:
1-7 years of age
Dog must weigh over 50 pounds
Cats must weigh over 9 pounds
Spayed or neutered
Females cannot have previously had a litter
Up to date on vaccines
On flea/tick preventative
Dogs must be on heartworm preventative
In general good health upon examination
Cannot have received a blood transfusion (including red blood cells and plasma)