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Did you know your dog could save other dogs' lives?

The demand for blood products continues to increase and we are always welcoming new canine donors into our program. A single donation can be used to save more than one life because both the red blood cells and the blood plasma are used.


What To Expect

Donations are performed by our certified veterinary technicians. A small square on the dog's neck is shaved and scrubbed for sterility. With the dog laying calmly on its side, one unit is drawn. A single donation can be used for more than one transfusion because the blood can be separated into two components: red blood cells and plasma. The blood is then stored until an injured or ill pet needs a transfusion. Throughout the process the dog is comforted by our staff. After the donation the dog receives a complimentary nail trim, lots of treats and a small meal before going home to rest. The donation itself takes 10 to 20 minutes, but with preparation and follow-up, expect your dog to stay for about an hour. You are welcome to leave your dog with us for a few hours or even the whole day if that is more convenient for you.


Qualified canine blood donors must:

- Weigh over 55 pounds
- Be between one and six years old
- Have a friendly disposition
- Be in good health
- Be current on vaccinations
- Not take any medications except for heartworm preventative or thyroid medication
- Never have received a blood transfusion


Benefits:

As a blood donor, your dog will receive health benefits valued at over $1,000 per year. You do not have to be a Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital client to be part of the donor program. Your dog can continue seeing your primary care veterinarian as we respect that relationship. The only difference is the benefits received.

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital Clients
- Initial blood work including blood typing and heartworm test
- Annual wellness exam including rabies, distemper and leptospirosis vaccinations
- Annual blood work
- 6 months of heartworm protection at no cost with an option to buy an additional 6 month supply at cost
- $15 medical treatment credit for each donation
- Complimentary nail trim during the donation
- Blood products at half price after 20 donations
- Free blood products after 40 donations

Clients of Other Veterinary Practices
- Initial blood work including blood typing and heartworm test
- Annual blood work
- 6 months of heartworm protection at a discounted price with an option to buy an additional 6 month supply at cost
- $15 medical treatment credit for each donation
- Complimentary nail trim during the donation
- Blood products at half price after 20 donations
- Free blood products after 40 donations


Sign Up

To have your dog screened to become a blood donor, please contact our Blood Bank at 303-424-3325 or wrahbloodbank@ethosvet.com to schedule an appointment. If your dog qualifies to be a donor, your commitment will be at least six donations per year. We will call and arrange the donations at a time convenient for you.