Animal Blood Bank Services in Bonita Springs

Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists

The Importance Of Animal Blood Bank Services

What would you do if your beloved pet was injured from a car accident or needed surgery, had cancer or a bleeding disorder? As pets become more and more a part of our family, and with the growth in veterinary specialty services, the demand for transfusion therapy to treat many diseases and injuries has risen dramatically. Everyday, sick and injured animals rely on transfusion therapy. The need for blood products continually increases. Please seriously consider having your pet become a Blood Donor Hero to help us meet this growing demand.

When do veterinarians need blood products?

When do veterinarians need blood products?

Common situations when blood products (blood or plasma) may be used are with critically ill patients with cancer, anemia, clotting problems, internal parasites, heat stroke, or traumatic blood loss (auto accident, bite wounds). Our Blood Bank allows veterinarians to treat their patients quickly and safely with blood collected from volunteers. We need your help. Please allow your pet to save the lives of other beloved pets and become a "blood donor hero."

It is a priority to have healthy donors; therefore, each year our donors are given a routine examination and blood tests.

Dog (Canine) & Cat (Feline) Donor Eligibility

  • Between 1 & 8 years of age (if 8 y.o. must have just turned 8 y.o.)
  • Weight: 45 lbs. or more for Dogs and 10 lbs. or more for Cats
  • Healthy with a gentle temperament
  • Comfortable with handling by non-family members
  • Current with vaccinations
  • Never had a blood transfusion
  • Tested negative for blood-borne diseases (free testing by blood bank)
  • Must be on flea, tick and heartworm prevention year round
  • Not currently in a breeding program (female dogs)
  • Agree to mild sedation
  • Meet all scheduled donation appointments

Donation Procedure

Donation Procedure

Blood donation takes about 15-20 minutes. Owners will drop off their pet for a few hours. The procedure will not jeopardize your pet's health, and is not painful. Since many pets behave much better when the owner is not around, we prefer that you not be present, making the process easier and faster. Some pets may require light sedation.

We lie your pet down on his or her side on comfortable blankets and clip an area of hair over the jugular vein. After preparing the area with a sterile scrub, blood is collected through a needle into a sterile collection set. Pets should be fasted for 10-12 hours prior to giving blood. Afterwards your pet is given lots of TLC, water, and treats.

Blood samples are sent to IDEXX Labs for a complete blood count, chemistry panel, and blood typing at no charge.

A Rewarding Experience – Why Donate?

Owners participating in the program will receive several perks. Each qualifying donor will receive:

  • Approximately $300.00 in blood tests done at no charge which includes blood typing and comprehensive blood screening (with a copy for your rDVM)
  • A physical examination
  • Will be tested for blood-borne diseases including heartworm
  • Complimentary flea, tick and heartworm prevention
  • Discounted emergency and specialty services at SWFVS

Information needed from pet owners

Signed consent prior to donation. Completed health history form, including questions on medical history, vaccinations and overall health.

We ask that pets donate a minimum of 6-8 times per year to make testing cost-effective. Donations are scheduled about 7-8 weeks apart. Immediately after donation, the body starts to replace the blood that was given. Must be available Monday through Thursdays as donations take place at SWFVS. Drop off is at 10am and pickup is at 5pm.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment call 239-992-8387.