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Mount Pleasant Blood Donor Programme

News > Clinic Programmes 15th April 2019
 


YOUR PET CAN BE A LIFE SAVER - DONATE BLOOD

Our pets may urgently require blood transfusions to treat a variety of medical conditions. E.g. acute blood loss due to conditions such as trauma, cancer, poisoning and clotting disorders. Locating a blood donor can be a stressful experience when your pet is struggling to stay alive.



IS MY DOG AN IDEAL BLOOD DONOR?

  • Good temperament and health
  • Able to tolerate restraint and venipuncture (collection of blood from vein)
  • 1 to 8 years old
  • Weighs at least 20kg
  • Male or nulliparous (never pregnant) female
  • Up to date on vaccinations
  • On heartworm preventive and tick/flea contro
  • No history of receiving blood transfusion
  • Not on any medications that could pose a problem for the recipient



    IS MY CAT AN IDEAL BLOOD DONOR?

  • Good temperament and health
  • Able to tolerate restraint and venipuncture (collection of blood from vein)
  • 1 to 8 years old
  • Weighs at least 5kg
  • Male or nulliparous (never pregnant) female
  • Up to date on vaccinations
  • On heartworm preventive and tick/flea control
  • No history of receiving blood transfusion
  • Not on any medications that could pose a problem for the recipient

    WHAT HAPPENS ON DONATION DAY

  • Your pet will be examined by a vet.
  • A small amount of blood is collected for pre-donation tests which include blood typing, cross matching, complete blood count, biochemistry profile and screening for infectious diseases.
  • If abnormalities are detected, you receive a complimentary consultation. The cost of further testing or treatment will remain your responsibility.

    BLOOD COLLECTION PROCESS

  • Some donors receive a light sedation, for their benefit, to keep the experience positive and stress-free.
  • A small area of fur is shaved from the neck and the skin aseptically cleaned.
  • Blood is collected via the jugular vein with a sterile needle and single-use collection bag.
  • Up to 450 ml of blood will be collected from dogs and 55 ml of blood from cats.
  • A healthy donor can give blood up to 4 times a year, i.e. every 3 months.

    MOUNT PLEASANT BLOOD DONORS RECEIVE:

  • Physical examination and blood tests on donation day
  • Gratitude gift of S$100 credited to your clinic account following each blood donation
  • Personalised hero bandana

    HOW DO I ENROL MY DOG OR CAT?

    Complete a Blood Donor Application Form at our clinics if your dog or cat meets the requirements of an ideal blood donor. Your details will be entered in our Blood Donor Registry and we will contact you when blood donation is required. For more information, speak with our vets or email comms@mountpleasant.com.sg