Cavan Hills Veterinary Services

303 Hwy 7a
Cavan, ON L0A1C0


Pet Blood Donors

"Your pet can save lives"

We need Blood from your pet to help another!

If you are accepted into our blood donor program your pet will receive an annual wellness exam with or without vaccines, and diagnostic blood tests.  Blood tests include blood typing, screening for infectious diseases and an extensive general health profile.  As long as your pet is active in the blood donor program he/she will receive an annual wellness exam and general health profile every year.  

The Donation Process:

Each time your pet is called in to donate blood the doctor will first examine your pet.  A small blood sample is then drawn to test your pet's current red blood cell count.  If no abnormalities are found, your pet will be lightly sedated to help them relax while the blood is being drawn.  A small square of fur will be shaved from your pet's neck and the site will be cleaned.  After the blood is drawn, your pet will be given subcutaneous (under the skin) fluids and offered a small meal when he/she is awake.  You will have the option of leaving your pet with us [overnight] or picking up your pet when he/she is awake.  We will also be taking a picture of your pet to pass along to the transfusion recipient.

Chinadoll Samson (Blood donor)

The Incentives:

The blood donor program has been established to help our patients who are in need of whole blood transfusions.  The patients may be suffering from an immune disease, trauma, or in critical condition and are in urgent need of whole blood.  Fresh whole blood is the best way we can help to save these patient's lives.

Donor Requirements:

For your pet to become a donor you must be:

  • an established client with Cavan Hills Veterinary Services for at least 6 months
  • Feline donors must be over 8 pounds, between the ages of 1-5 years old, have a good temperament, and be indoors only, females must be spayed with no previous pregnancies
  • Canine Donors must be at least 50 pounds, between the ages of 1-5 years old and have a good temperament, females must be spayed with no previous pregnancies.

There is a special need for canine donors who have survived parvovirus infection.   Pets with a health condition that requires the long term use of medication are not eligible for the program.  Please call anytime for details...  we are open 365 days 24 hours a day.

Please note that in emergency cases, you could be called throughout the night or on weekends, therefore you must be willing to come in on short notice in such cases.