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Canine Blood Donation

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Jill Greene, CVT, explains how in a pinch you can draw a blood donation from one dog and turn around and infuse it into a sick patient.

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Cheri White's picture

fyi for others watching and wondering about the dea 4 and dea 7 - most clinics test for dea 1.1 only. when watching video and they talk about other group antigens dont get scared youre doing something wrong, breathe and remember even from some donor facilities they only test for dea 1.1

Shelly Spain's picture

Gently rock the bag with your foot?! I was surprised to see this..... surely you can find a better/cleaner method. Perhaps have another assistant to rock it for you?

Jill Greene's picture

Shelly: Sorry, I didn't see your comment from January. The bag is a completely closed system, meaning the only way anything can get into the bag is through the needle, which is in the dog. Rocking the bag with your foot shouldn't cause any problems with the blood or the bag it is in. If you have a blood rocker big enough to hold the collection set, you can put that on the scale and tare the weight before collection.

Jill Greene's picture

Melissa: We don't give fluids to the dogs. We check their PCV/TS before a blood donation so we know if the dog is dehydrated or not (as well as confirming they aren't anemic) and will have the owner reschedule is something is off. We do encourage owners to give their dog extra water before and after donations, but don't feel that IV or SC fluids are necessary. If you stay under the 22mls/kg collection recommendation, the donor should be fine.

Nikki Hallinan's picture

I am curious why you don't hold off the jugular vein like you would on a regular draw from a jugular? Is there a different criteria for blood donors?

Jill Greene's picture

Nikki: I do hold off the jugular - I'm right handed so I hold off with my left hand, while pulling the skin back a little to keep everything taut. Then using my right hand I insert the needle. Some dogs have large enough jugular veins and tight enough necks that I don't need to hold off (like Greyhounds and German Shepherds) but for the majority I will.

Shemira Fermon's picture

Do you guys have any PDF to go with this for hospitals that want to start a donation program?

Randi Metcalf's picture

What PCV do you like to see a donor at whether dog or cat? How frequently can donor animals be collected on?

Jill Greene's picture

Hi Randi,
For dogs, we like the PCV to be above 40%. For cats we like it above 35%. Current ACVIM guidelines recommends collecting at most every 6 weeks. We typically schedule appointments every 8-12 weeks, depending on our need.