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Animal blood donor program

Help your pet, help other pets by donating blood!

Just like the importance of human blood donations, pet blood donations can often mean the difference between life and death when our pets are threatened by illness, disease, trauma, surgery, or poisoning incidents.

Totally Vets afterhours emergency service and specialist services means we have an increased requirement for blood. Unfortunately, blood has a short lifespan, so we are reliant on regular donations from generous fur donors to help us utilise this life-saving treatment when an emergency strikes.

As a thank you in return for their life-saving donation, our blood donor heroes receive:

  • A donor thank you pack
  • Free annual health check and vaccination
  • Free blood typing and disease screening
  • Entry into the Totally Vets “Hero Pet” hall of fame

How it works

The procedure for blood donation is relatively non-invasive but there are a few requirements for your pet to be eligible to donate.

Blood Donors can either donate blood for storage or be available on call to donate when an emergency strikes. Donors will be required for a maximum of two donations per year.  

Your pet will be given a light sedation to help calm them. A needle is then placed into their jugular vein and blood collection takes place until the required amount is received. They are then given some tasty food, plenty of cuddles and are monitored at the clinic for around an hour before being discharged. 

In order for your DOG to be eligible, they need to complete the following check list:

  • Temperament – they must be friendly, well socialised and calm or the procedure becomes too difficult for patient and staff!
  • Over 25 kg and in good body condition (i.e. not underweight or obese)
  • Between 2-8 years of age
  • Never had puppies
  • Not currently on any medications
  • Regular veterinary health checks, with vaccinations up to date.
  • Healthy with no pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Not on any current medications.
  • Have a normal blood test.
  • Blood-typed. (It is ideally recommended that canine donors be DEA 1.1, 1.2 and 7 negative and have normal von Willebrand’s factor concentrations).


In order for your CAT to be an eligible blood donor, they need to complete the following check list:

  • Healthy with no pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Not on any current medications.
  • Up to date with recommended vaccines.
  • Easy to handle.
  • Bodyweight > 5 kg.
  • PCV > 35%.
  • Negative for FIV/FeLV, Toxoplasma gondii, and Mycoplasma haemofelis.
  • Blood-typed.


For more information on what is involved in being a blood donor, visit our FAQ’s page.

Interested? We would love to hear from you!

If you think your pet is capable of being a blood donor hero please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch shortly.