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Call for donors: cats to help other cats at new feline blood bank

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A new feline blood bank is being launched at the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Animal Hospital in Werribee.

U-Vet’s ability to store cat blood for life-saving transfusions means the animal hospital now meets the highest standards for feline emergency and critical care.

Veterinarians are calling for owners to volunteer their cats as blood donors to provide urgently-needed transfusions for other felines.

Blood Donor Program co-ordinator Kerry Bozicevic said cats require emergency blood transfusions in the same way humans do.

“If a cat loses blood due to trauma, surgery, immune system diseases, cancer or has a blood clotting disorder, it may require a blood transfusion to survive and to return to a meaningful life,” Mrs Bozicevic said.

“Time is critical when in need of a life-saving blood transfusion, and having blood products readily available may make all the difference.”

Each blood donation is separated into its red blood cell component and its plasma component. This allows the most efficient use the of blood donation, with red blood cells given to those cats with a very low red blood cell count, and the plasma component given to cats that are bleeding due to blood clotting issues.

“One blood donation can potentially save the lives of two cats,” Mrs Bozicevic said.

The U-Vet Feline Blood Bank collects blood from cats kept as pets and volunteered as donors by their owners.


Donating cats need to be:

  • between 1 and 5 years of age
  • 4kg or more in weight
  • healthy and with a calm temperament
  • up to date with vaccinations and parasite control
  • a Victorian resident (never travelled out of the state) and already not a blood transfusion recipient



All possible donor cats are tested to ensure that it is safe for them to donate blood and that the blood is of the highest quality. In the blood bank, red blood cells can be stored for 35 days. Plasma can be stored for up to three years.


For more information and to donate:

Enquiries and more information

or email UOM-Blood-Donor-Program@unimelb.edu.au


U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital is home to one of the first centres for veterinary emergency and critical care in the country. Its emergency room is staffed to see sick pets 24 hours, every day of the year, with about 5000 patients annually.

 


Blood Donor Daisy soon to Retire

Friday, June 05, 2015


Meet ‘Daisy’ the beautiful 56kg Leonberger who has been one of our regular blood donors at The University of Melbourne canine blood donor program. ‘Daisy’ is just about to hit retirement age so will no longer be able to donate her precious blood to help the many emergency patients presented at U-Vet Animal Hospital.

Each one of Daisy’s donations helped 3 dogs in emergency situations and we are so thankful that she has been part of the team!


 Want to find out more about your dog becoming a blood donor?

Blood Donor requirements:
  • 25kg or over
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Between the ages of 1 and 7 years
  • Not received a blood transfusion before
  • A known health and travel history
  • Ideally a calm temperament

For more information call or email the Blood Donor Program Call: 03 9731 2328  
or Email: UOM-Blood-Donor-Program@unimelb.edu.au or download Blood Donor Brochure.

Blood Donation Programs

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Could your dog or cat become a blood donor and save lives?

Just like humans, pets can suffer from life-threatening illnesses such as anaemia, toxicity, trauma or severe injury that could result in them needing a life-saving blood transfusion. U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital’s Canine and Feline Blood Donor Programs constantly are in need of blood donations to ensure blood products are readily available for immediate use for critical ill pets in our care.

Canine Blood Donor Program



What is the process?
To determine if your pet is heathy and eligible to donate we need to complete a full physical examination including a temperament test and comprehensive blood screening. The tests will verify whether your pet is healthy and in no danger to give a blood donation. The blood donation will be collected from a vein in your dog’s neck and takes approximately 20-30 minutes to donate so it is important for your dog to have a calm temperament. On completion of the donation your dog will be provided with cuddles and delicious treats.

What happens to the blood donation?
Each donation is separated into 2-3 products: plasma and red blood cells which are used to treat and save the lives of animals suffering trauma, anaemia or clotting problems.

One life saving donation from your dog will help treat and potentially save the lives of up to three other pets. Your dog could donate for a maximum of four times per year.

Criteria
Before completing the form, please confirm your dog meets the following criteria.

Is your dog:
  • between 1 and 5 years of age? 
  • 25kg or more in weight?
  • up-to-date with vaccinations and parasite control?
  • healthy with a calm temperament?
  • a resident of Victoria? (never travelled out of the state)
  • available to donate for up to four times a year?

Enquire now
For more information, to chat to someone about donating or to sign up your dog to be a lifesaving blood donor contact U-Vet Canine Blood Donor Program on (03) 9731 2328 or complete Canine Blood Donor Enquiry Form below.

* Required
 


















Feline Blood Donor Program



The U-Vet Feline Blood Donor Program is now in urgent need of cat donors.

Cats require emergency blood transfusions in the same way as humans and dogs do. If a cat loses blood due to trauma, becomes anaemic, undergoes major surgery or has cancer, it may require a blood transfusion to survive. Time is critical when in need for a life-saving blood transfusion and having blood products readily available may make all the difference.

The U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital is now capable of storing cat blood for immediate use in an emergency. The U-Vet Feline Blood Donor Program accepts blood donations from pets that are volunteered by their owners.

What is the process?
To determine if your pet is healthy and eligible to donate we need to complete a full physical examination including a temperament test and comprehensive blood screening. The tests will verify whether your pet is healthy and in no danger to give a blood donation.

Your cat will be admitted to the hospital for the day, where a sedative will be given and a blood donation will be collected from a vein in your cat’s neck. After the donation, your cat will monitored closely and placed on intravenous fluids. Once recovered, your cat will be provided with cuddles and tasty treats.

What happens with the blood donation?
Each donation is separated into two products: plasma and red blood cells. These are used to treat and save the lives of animals suffering trauma, anaemia or clotting problems.

Red blood cells can be stored for 35 days and the plasma up to three years.

One life saving donation from your cat will help treat and potentially save the lives of up to two other pets. Your cat can donate for a maximum of four donations per year. 

Criteria
Before completing the form, please confirm your cat meets the following criteria.

Is your cat:
  • between 1 and 5 years of age?
  • 4kg or more in weight?
  • healthy with a calm temperament?
  • up to date with vaccinations and parasite control?
  • a Victorian resident (never travelled out of the state)
  • not a blood transfusion recipient?

Enquire now
For more information or to sign up your cat to be a lifesaving blood donor, contact U-Vet Blood Donor Program on (03) 9731 2328 or complete Feline Blood Donor Enquiry Form below.

* Required
 



















Meet our superhero donors!



Mopane

Staghound cross
Meet the utterly gorgeous Mopane who is a Staghound cross and our star donor. Mopane wags her tail the entire time she is donating; she is a real treasure. To date Mopane has donated 11 times: that’s potentially 33 lives saved! Thanks Mopane – we couldn’t do it without you.




Truman

Labrador
Say hello and thank you to Truman the lovely labrador. What a trooper at 6 years old! He has donated 6 times and we hope to make that a few more before retirement. Truman is a true gentleman, loving his visits to the Blood Donor Program.




James

Domestic Short Hair
Handsome James is a most-willing 3-year-old tabby and white domestic short hair. He is always keen to come in to donate blood for fellow felines in need. James loves the cuddles and attention he gets throughout the process, as well as the tasty treats following donation.




Skyler

German Wirehaired Pointer
This is the adorable Skyler who is a German wirehaired pointer. Skyler is extremely generous and has donated 9 times so far. She is always willing to help her fellow canines. Skyler is an absolute delight to have in the clinic!




Paddington

German Shepherd Cross
Greetings Paddington; our cuddly-bear who is a 2-year-old German shepherd cross. Paddington is passionate about giving blood donations and has provided blood 4 times so far. We are looking forward to seeing Paddington again soon.




Callie

Domestic Short Hair
Callie is a 5-year-old tabby and white domestic short hair, and is U-Vet’s Blood Donor program Queen of the castle! She has already donated for her second time recently, potentially saving the lives of 4 other cats! We look forward to a long and fruitful association with Callie.




Archie

Border Collie
Meet the wonderful Border Collie, Archie, who is a regular at The Blood Donor Program. Archie donates his time, blood and beautiful attitude regularly and to date has donated enough blood to potentially save 21 dogs lives! Thank you, Archie, you are amazing!




Jed

Staghound cross
Jed is a 3 year old staghound cross who has potentially helped 15 dogs in need of lifesaving blood transfusions, with his five donations. It is a joy to have Jed as a donor!




Arrabell

Domestic Short Hair
Meet the amazingly compliant (especially for a tortoiseshell) domestic short hair, Arrabell. She recently joined our team of feline life savers and did an awesome job! We’re looking for more feline donors just like Arrabell.




Baloo

Italian Mastiff
Beautiful Baloo, an Italian Mastiff, is a hugely enthusiastic 4 year old. He is always excited about helping critically ill patients in their hour of need. Baloo loves his treats and cuddles following his blood donations. Keep up the good work Baloo!




Dorothy

Domestic Medium Hair
Affectionately known as Dot, our dreamy grey and white domestic medium hair is a new inclusion to our lifesaving Feline Blood donor brigade. At just one-and-a-half years old, Dot has every possibility of saving many feline lives going forward. Purrfect!




Linus

Domestic Long Hair
Lovely, laid-back tabby and white Linus is an old hand at donating blood. He has saved 3 lives already! Thanks for the huge contribution Linus. We’re relying on you to show the young ‘uns how it’s done!