November 2

We’re Blood Donors

Posted by lori . 16 Comments


Casper and Nikki are blood donors.  I learned about canine blood donation when I took the houndies to be microchipped before we went to Dewey Beach.  Here’s a little more information:

Blood Type

Dogs have more than a dozen different blood types.  Just like people, dogs can experience incompatibility reactions if transfused with the wrong blood type.  One particular blood type, Dog Erythrocyte Antigen 1.1 (DEA 1.1), causes the most significant adverse reactions in dogs that are not matched appropriately.  So, all potential donors are blood typed and only those lacking the DEA 1.1 type are accepted into the program.  Freedom’s blood type is DEA 1.1 positive, so she is not qualified.


The collection process takes approximately five minutes, during which the dog is lying on their side–a very submissive postion and one that many dogs will not tolerate.  If Freedom was qualified by blood type, this “temperament” qualification might have ruled her out.  She doesn’t get into “submissive.”

Body Weight

A dog must weigh between 50-150 pounds to safely donate a pint of blood.  They must also be in good body condition–not underweight or obese.


Dogs must be at least one year old and no older than seven years old to be eligible for blood donation.  In general, dogs will be “retired” from the blood donor program when they turn eight years old.

General Health

Dogs must be in good health, current on their vaccinations and not taking any medications.  They must be regularly receiving flea and tick prevention as well as monthly heartworm preventative.

Want to read more?  Here’s a link to an information paper from our vet, Morris Animal Hospital.

Art Every Day Month – Day 2

Sequined Flower

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16 Responses to " We’re Blood Donors"

  • Declan says:

    Well done guys. Someone is going to be really grateful to you one day. Deccy x

  • Kat says:

    Very nice that the goggies donate blood! And I *love* the sequined flower!

  • houndstooth says:

    Well done, Casper and Nikki! I know the hounds over at Greyhound Gardens donate blood. I think we might be a tad too far from our vets’ office for them to ask us to be donors, but I think it’s a great thing to do!

  • Patty says:

    This is wonderful. You will be saving some lives.

    How did they do? Did they get something special afterwards?

    • lori says:

      They did very good. I took them to our vet in the morning when I went to work and then picked them up on my way home. Everyone got doggie ice cream that night. Our vet gives us a $40 credit on our account every time they donate, and they can donate twice a year.

  • That is so Yous guys are wonderful!
    Speaking of wonderful, thanks yous for sending healing thoughts and words to us and our Daddy. He said reading all the messages, helped him feel better faster and he is now home!
    Yous guys Rock!

  • Kari says:

    What an awesome thing you did!

    Stop on by for a visit

  • Mayzie says:

    That’s super awesome, you guys! Me and Brudder Ranger wouldn’t qualify cuz we don’t weigh enough. Plus…well…Brudder Ranger is getting a little long in the toothies, if you know what I mean. But I think it’s Most Wonderful that Casper and Nikki are able to help out other doggies!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  • Well, that is so cool! I have never heard that before, but what an amazing thing! Thanks for the info and it is fun checking out your AEDM post! 🙂 Kris

  • Carolyn Dube says:

    I never thought about dogs as blood donors. Thanks for sharing that information!

  • Serena says:

    I never knew about doggy blood donors….well done, guys!

    Pretty sequin flower!

  • Kari says:

    Fred was going to participate in this program because he is very submissive at the vet and wouldn’t mind just laying there but they tested his blood and there was a thyroid problem so he got kicked out 🙁 now he will not be able to ever do it since we are on phenob I think its a wonderful program and that doesn’t get enough exposure because I know that there are plenty of dogs that need the blood. Haylie wouldn’t be a good candidate because she isn’t not submissive at the vet to lay there 🙂

  • Xan says:

    Good for you and the dogs! And their beneficiaries!

    My boys donated for a few years, too. Our vet did it a little differently, putting them in a “twilight” sleep for a few minutes, during which they also did some tooth scaling and nail trimming. We got discounts and credits, flea treatments (which I donated to a cat rescue group, since we don’t need it), and they were able to donate about every two months. They LOVED going, too! According to the contract, all my pets are now eligible for free blood products for life. 😀

    All was well, until the staff put them in the same kennel one day, and they got in a fight. 🙁 Moral 1: blood donor = good. Moral 2: Make sure your vet staff understands if your dogs are safe to kennel together or NOT. 8~\

    • lori says:

      That’s a great story…except for that last part. I would never think of putting two pups in the same kennel…just sounds like trouble, but maybe it’s more common than I think.

  • Xan says:

    Apparently it’s not as uncommon as you and I thought. Sadly for my boys! (I never got so much as an apology, either, despite several emails to them. They didn’t even call me to let me know. When I went to pick them up, I was greeted with, “Wait ’til you hear about OUR day!” When they brought the boys out, they both had staples and blood and bandages! *GRRRR* Needless to say, we have not been back.) Hijack over! 😉

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