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Blood Donor Program

BHVH K-9 Blood Donor Program Guidelines

    1. Patient must be 40 pounds
    2. Patient must be 1 year of age
    3. Patient may donate up to 3 times a year, no more than within 3 months of each other.
    4. Patient needs to be up to date on Rabies, Distemper, Lepto and Lyme Vaccines
    5. Patient must have Heartworm and Tick panel completed annually
    6. Patient must be maintained on HW, Flea and Tick preventative year around
    7. Patient should have organ function testing performed annually dependent on age.


BHVH will provide patient at no cost:

  • An initial Blood typing
  • 1 Year’s worth of Heartworm Preventative.
    • 12 doses of Heartgard or Sentinel
  • A complete blood count and chemistry performed annually at no cost
  • Access to all medical results performed while in the process of donating blood
    • CBC results, HWT and tick panel results


Enrollment Process

  • Patient must have a physical exam with a BHVH doctor within the past 90 days.
  • At initial exam, a CBC and chemistry will be sent to antech.  If a senior patient, a senior profile should be submitted
  • No cost to owner
  • A blood typing will be performed and attached to patient file
    • No cost to owner
  • An acuplex should be run and DA2PPL and Lyme Vaccines should be updated if not current
    • Standard fees to owner for these services


Donation Process: 

  • Owner will be called to provide patient for blood donation within 24 hours.  In most cases same day availability is required.
  • Upon presentation- patient will have a flex 4 test and a CBC run.  These results will be available to the owner at no cost. 
  • Patient will be sedated and have 1 or 2 units of blood harvested dependent on size and need.
  • Patient will be administered SQ fluids to replace volume of blood removed
  • Patient will have sedation reversed and sent home


Patient disqualified from program:

  • Patients will not be allowed to enroll in the program if there are any concerns of medical issues that could jeopardize the health of the donor patient or the recipient. 
  • Diseases that would disqualify patient include but are not limited to:
    • Immune mediated diseases
      • ITP or IMHA
    • Tick Borne Disease
      • Lyme, anaplasmosis or erlichia
    • Neoplasia
    • Bartonella
    • Immune suppressive Treatments- Chronic steroids, chemo, cyclosporine etc.

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