Banner’s Blood Bank
Banner’s Blood Bank, a non-profit dedicated to providing needed blood products for our canine and feline companions, is based out of our office.
Why Donate Blood?
Just as with people, sick and injured dogs and cats require blood and plasma transfusions to survive. Unfortunately, these blood products can be difficult to obtain. Your dog’s blood donation may save the life of another dog in need.
Is Your Dog Eligible to Become a Blood Donor?
A dog can become a blood donor by meeting the following requirements:
- Weigh at least 50 pounds
- Can hold still for blood draw
- Between one and eight years old
- Current on vaccinations
- In good health
- Never had puppies (for female donors)
If you do not have a pet that meets the requirements but you would like to help, Banner’s Blood Bank needs cash donations and volunteers as well.
Feline Blood Donors
Banner’s Blood Bank also sponsors feline blood donors. These donor cats live with OVRA staff and are called upon as needed to donate blood.
What Do Donor Teams Receive?
At the first blood donation, we will perform a physical exam, a complete blood count, chemistry panel, heartworm test, and blood typing at no charge. Additionally, should the donor dog ever require blood products, he or she will receive them at no cost in amounts equal to the amount they have donated. However, the best gift of all is knowing that your donation is helping many other dogs throughout the area.
What Happens During a Donation?
Prior to the first donation, you will fill out a short questionnaire on your dog’s health, then one of our doctors will perform a physical examination.
At the time of the first donation, we take a blood sample from a front leg for routine blood work, do a heartworm check (if this is not current) and complete blood typing. These tests take about 20 to 30 minutes. On subsequent donations, a simpler blood test and a physical examination are completed to ensure your pet is still healthy for the donation.
The entire process typically takes less than 15 minutes, and about 400 milliliters of blood is donated each time. Once the procedure is complete, your dog is ready to go with no lasting effects. A food reward is usually given to your dog to say “thanks!” The donated blood is separated into two components and made available to veterinarians in our area so that other dogs may benefit.
Organizations that we support
It is a privilege for Oregon Veterinary Referral Associates to serve our community by providing specialized veterinary services to many regional animal shelter and rescue groups. We are fortunate to assist a wide-ranging group of veterinary patients, including but not limited to patients from the organizations listed below.