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Blood Bank

Contact Information

Phone:  919.513.6999
Hours:   Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM

General Information

Veterinary Health and Wellness Center

red Cross Cadeceus

Emergency Service

Main Number: 919.513.6500
Small Animal Emergency: 919.513.6911
Large Animal Emergency: 919.513.6630
Monday-Thursday 5PM-8AM
Friday 5PM-Monday 8AM

Open 24 hours on legal holidays.
No appointment needed.

Blood Donation Process

Step 1
1. Donations begin by shaving an approximate 3 inch area of hair on the neck of the donor. This allows us to better visualize the vessel we work with.
Step 2
2. Once the vessel is located, we block the area with lidocaine to ensure the donors feel no discomfort, and scrub the area for sterility.
Step 3
3. After the prep work, we enter the vein with our collection needle and begin the donation.
Step 4
4. The canine donors must be on an elevated surface to allow for gravity to aid in the flow of blood from donor to collection bag. Unlike human donations, they are not able to pump their fists to facilitate this force on their own.
Step 5
5. This is the collection bag that is used for donations. For our purposes, we collect between 300-450 mls of blood, depending on the donor's size. The bags are placed on a scale that measures blood volume, and agitates the blood to prevent clotting.
Step 6
6. Upon completion of the collection, the donor's neck is then wrapped with a pressure wrap bandage. This wrap stays on for about 20 minutes and is comparable to a "band-aid".
Step 7
7. As a reward for the donor's hard work, we give them yummy can food and treats post-donation. This allows for positive reinforcement for their work, and helps to replace moisture lost during the donation.
Step 8
8. Prior to leaving, we always give our donors a new bandanna to cover the shave spot. This is a very happy post-donation Koa!


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