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Volunteers needed! Pets in our blood bank donor program donate blood to help other pets in need of transfusions. Pet donors and their people help us save lives!



For more than 10 years, Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital has offered a blood bank for dogs and cats. Advances in veterinary transfusion technology have fueled the need for blood products, which can save the lives of many companion animals. Donated blood from dogs and cats can be processed into fresh plasma and packed red blood cells to help other pets in need.

The blood bank staff is committed to ensuring the best possible experience for you and your pet.

Requirements

  • Dogs: minimum of 55 lbs. and between 1 and 7 years old
  • Cats: minimum of 10 lbs., between 1 and 7 years old, and strictly indoors
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Never had a blood transfusion
  • In good health
  • On a good flea preventative
  • Spayed or neutered (with known reproductive history)

Screening

Dogs and cats have different blood types, so the screening process is different for each.

Blood types in dogs are complex and involve at least eight different blood groups, with dogs either positive or negative for each blood group. Negative dogs may be universal donors but require further typing. DEA1 positive dogs are the most common in the population but are not universal donors. Therefore, not as many of these dogs are required as donors, and they may be placed on a waiting list.

Cats have three blood types: A (the most common), B and AB. There is no universal donor. All cats must be transfused with the same blood type.

The following tests are required for potential donors:

  • Complete blood typing for negative dogs and Type B or AB cats
  • Complete chemistry and CBC
  • Heartworm (dogs)
  • FIV/FeLV (cats)
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal parasite screen
  • Infectious disease panel

Note that complete testing may take up to three weeks to complete.

Benefits

In addition to helping save lives, our blood bank donors receive the following veterinary services at no cost on an annual basis:

  • Annual exam (excluding illness and injury)
  • Vaccinations
  • Complete chemistry and CBC
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal parasite screen

Donors must donate a minimum of three times a year to receive the annual lab work and vaccinations listed above. 

Finally, if your dog or cat needs a transfusion in the future, the blood itself will be at no charge.



Meet Our Donors

Boomer

"My name is Boomer and I am a 5-year-old Labrador Retriever. I have been a blood donor for several years. I love coming to Pilchuck to donate! Lots of treats and belly rubs too!" 

Sweet Pea

"Hi, My name is Sweet Pea and I came to Washington from Texas when I was 2 yrs old. I had complications from my spay surgery so I went to a foster home to get better. That's where I met my best friend Bunchy. We got along so well that my foster family decided to keep me. I became a blood donor so Bunchy and I could help other animals together."


Bentley

"My name is Bentley, aka “Bad boy” Bentley. I am a 4 and 1/2 year Golden Retriever. I have a feisty personality, but a heart full of gold.  I will always greet you carrying something in my mouth, even if it’s my bed."

Thermite

"Hello my name is Thermite, I'm a 3 year old American Stafforshire Terrier.  I've been coming to Pilchuck since I was 6 weeks old. I have been a part of the blood donor program for a year, I love going to work with my mom so I'm always available to donate blood for critical cases in need. I'm an emotional dog, so usually one of the very sweet technicians will hold me during the blood draw. I'm very enthusiastic with lots of energy. I enjoy hiking, playing with my dog friends, going on road trips, and cuddling."



Bunchy

"Hi, My name is Bunchy. I'm originally from California. I came to Washington when I was 6 weeks old and with an injury that needed time to heal. My foster parents liked me so much that they decided to keep me. I like to meet new people and visiting the vet so my parents decided blood donating was for me. I especially like all the attention and treats when it's done."

Manny

"Hi, My name is Manny! I was adopted 7 years ago from a rescue with my brother Ducky and another friend Brutus that was meant to come home with us. My owner is Erika,  a veterinary assistant studying to become a tech here at the clinic. I love to give headbutts and love to eat. I have extra toes (7 to be exact!) on all my feet."

Axel

"My name is Axel. I am 5 years old. I was adopted as a 6 week old kitten from Everett Animal Shelter to be buddies with my owner's 3-legged cat. While I am super shy at home, I  prefer to sit on laps without being pet. I am a quirky little guy and love to carry things in my mouth, they eventually end up in a water bowl! I have been a part of the blood donor program for 3 years now."



Donor Stories

SAM

“My mom and dad brought me to Pilchuck when I was really sick. I was so weak that they had to carry me everywhere. At one point, I found out I needed a blood transfusion because I had something called IMHA. That’s what was making me so sick. Then I met Dwight, who was in the donor program. His blood helped me feel better so I could go home and be with my family. He saved my life.”

DWIGHT

“I had been in the donor program for almost a year when I met Sam. She was so sick, and my mom had me donate blood for her. When I found out I was going to save a life, I was so proud, and my mom was, too. I still donate blood to save more of my friends.”



Want to Help?

If you are interested in our blood bank program, contact the small-animal department at 360-568-3113 or blooddonors@pilchuckvet.com. We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for your interest! 


Contact Us

Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital

Location

11308 92nd St SE Snohomish, WA 98290

Hours

24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICES Small Animal Reception Monday - Thursday: 8 AM to 7 PM Friday - Saturday: 8 AM to 5 PM Sunday: Emergency Only Equine/Large Animal Reception Monday - Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM Saturday: 8 AM to 12 PM Equine Reproduction Center Monday - Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM Saturday: 8 AM to 12 PM Integrative Medicine Tuesday - Friday: 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday: 9 AM to 4 PM