the aec blood bank

Our Mission


The mission of the Animal Emergency Clinic Veterinary Blood Bank is to provide a humane source of veterinary blood products for dogs and cats in our community.


We rely on volunteers who allow their pets to be blood donors.  Our blood products support our clinic needs and surrounding area clinic needs.

Becoming a Donor


Are you interested in allowing your pet to help save lives by donating blood?  Contact us to get started.

Download the Health Assessment Form


Once you have contacted us, please download the appropriate Health Assessment Form for your pet by clicking on one of the icons below.  Have your family veterinarian fill it out and send the completed form along with current medical records to us.  You may send by email, mail or you can drop it by.


Cat Form

Dog Form

Pets can require life saving blood transfusions for many of the same reasons humans do, such as injuries, surgeries, or when diseases cause the body to destroy it’s own blood cells.  The AEC blood bank relies on our dog and cat donors and their owners to help us provide this invaluable resource.  The number of cats and dogs in need of blood transfusions has grown as the pet population continues to increase. The Animal Emergency Clinic, with the help of its donors, would like to meet this ever-increasing demand to help save the community’s critically injured and ill pet population.  Your pet’s donation is the gift of life to these pets and their owners.  Will you allow your pet to help save a life?


What are the benefits of being a blood donor?

  • A full annual physical exam by a licensed veterinarian
  • Annual complete blood work, at no cost to the owner, including: (shared with regular veterinarian)
  • Complete blood cell count
  • Full Chemistry
  • Infectious disease screening
  • Blood typing
  • Goodie bag
  • Treats and loving attention with each donation
  • The satisfaction that comes in knowing that your pet is helping to save lives of other pets with each donation.


Eligibility Requirements:

To become a blood donor, a pet must be:

  • Healthy, friendly and with good temperament
  • Between 1 and 8 years old for dogs and 1 and 10 years old for cats
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • In good physical condition
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Dogs must weigh at least 50 pounds (but not be obese)
  • Cats must weigh at least 10 pounds and be indoors only
  • Have no history of prior transfusions or pregnancy
  • Are taking no medications except heartworm, flea preventative or thyroid medications
  • Negative for infections, diseases and parasites
  • Able to donate at least 3 times a year


What to expect:

  • First contact us at with information about your pet.
  • Once you have contacted us please download the proper veterinary consent form, have your family veterinarian fill it out and send the completed form, along with current medical records, to us either by email, mail or you can drop it by.  Once this is received your first appointment will be scheduled.
  • At your first appointment, prospective blood donors receive a free brief veterinary exam where a small amount of blood is drawn for typing and testing.
  • If the results of the blood screening show your pet is able to donate, appointment is made for prospective donors to return for their first blood donation.
  • At each donation, a brief examination is performed prior to donating and a small patch of hair is shaved from your pet’s neck.
  • For dogs, the entire process takes approximately 30 minutes, which includes time for the exam, donation, and treats and affection from the staff. If your pet is excited or unable to sit still for the duration of the donation a mild sedative may be administered.
  • Cat donations require short acting anesthetic, so their appointments are drop-off appointments.  The donation process takes up to four hours, which includes sedation, donation, recovery from sedation and treats.  You will be notified when your pet is ready to be picked up.


Questions and answers about blood donation:

Why is it important to donate?

As the pet population in our area continues to increase the demands for pet blood products also increases.  With volunteer donations we can help meet this increasing need in our community.  The biggest benefit is knowing that you and your pet are helping to save the life of a pet.  One donation can save multiple pet lives because the donation can be divided into several components, which can be used for multiple pets.


Why do dogs and cats need transfusions?

Just like in humans, animals need transfusions for many situations such as trauma, ingestions of poisons, surgical complications or immune problems that cause destruction of their own blood cells.


Do dogs and cats have different blood types like people?

Dogs have a numbered blood typing system called Dog Erythrocyte Antigen (DEA) system.  DEA 1.1 is the main blood type, which dogs can be positive or negative.  DEA 1.1 negative is a universal blood type and is safe to be given to any other dog.  Cats have three different blood types: A, B and AB.  Type A is the most common with type B found in about 5% of the population.   Type AB is very rare.  There is no universal blood type for cats.


How much blood can my pet donate and how often?

Each dog donates approximately 450 mLs (equal to one pint or two cups) at the time of donation.  Each cat donates approximately 50 mLs (about two ounces) at the time of the donation.  Fluid loss in cats will be replaced by administration of subcutaneous fluids.  Dogs can donate safely every six weeks while cats can donate safely every 8 weeks.


Will the donation process be safe for my pet? Will it be painful?

The donation process is quick and painless for your pets.  Each pet will have a small shaved area on the neck, which will be scrubbed with antibacterial scrub before each donation.  The most common side effect is bruising at the site of collection, but that usually goes away within three to four days.  The amount of blood taken from your pet is not enough to alter your pet’s health because the body replaces red cells that are taken naturally.


Will my pet need to be sedated or restrained to give blood?

Most dogs are able to sit still for their donation without problem.  On the rare occasion a dog is excitable or unable to sit still a mild sedation may be used to aid in the donation process.  Cats do better during the donation process with a short-acting anesthetic.  They are carefully monitored during the sedation and are only asleep for 25-30 minutes.


What kind of commitment is required?

Due to the high cost of screening each prospective donor, your pet is asked to commit to at least three donations in a 12-month time period.


How do we get started?

Are you interested in allowing your pet to help save lives by donating blood?  Please contact us at with questions or to become a donor.