Canadian Animal Blood Bank
NAIT is a satellite collection site for the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB), which provides blood products for dogs that need transfusions as part of their care. Blood donated through the blood bank is sent to veterinarians across Canada.
You and your dog will be helping to save the lives of other dogs across Canada. Because the blood is separated into components, each donation your dog gives can help 2 other dogs. Some of the conditions that donated blood can help treat include:
- injuries from a car accident
- parvovirus infection
- bleeding disorders
Read about Koloa, a Chesapeake Bay retriever suffering from serious blood diseases, and her success story after receiving blood products from CABB.
Other benefits of donation include:
- Free blood type testing for your dog and a collar tag with the blood type.
- Free microchip identification for your dog on a national registry.
- One free unit of a blood component for each unit of blood donated, if your dog requires blood in its lifetime.
The donation process will not harm your dog’s health and is not painful. Sedation is not required.
How to donate
In order to donate, your dog must meet the CABB requirements below and have the health assessment form (61K pdf) completed by your veterinarian. Dogs can be donors if they are:
- healthy and even-tempered
- weigh 50 lbs (23 kg) or more, but are not obese
- between 1–8 years of age
- have current vaccinations
- spayed or neutered (preferred)
- on heartworm prevention (recommended)
Dogs accepted into the program are asked to donate every 3 months.
Blood donor clinics are held at NAIT one evening a week, with the day varying to meet dog owners’ schedules. Contact the clinic (see sidebar on the right side of this page) to book an appointment.
About the blood bank
The main Canadian Animal Blood Bank is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Donations made in Edmonton are shipped to Winnipeg for processing, storage and shipment to Canadian veterinarians in need of canine blood products.
NAIT’s satellite clinic opened in 2002, and reached 1,000 donations in 2007.