Roncesvalles Animal Hospital and Parkdale Animal Hospital have partnered with the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB), and we need your help. We have selected your family as a potential candidate for this program. Below you will find information on CABB, the criteria to help other pets, the perks you will receive, and some YouTube videos to guide you through the process of blood donation.

The Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB) is a registered charitable organization supported by the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association and Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The CABB is dedicated to improving veterinary care by providing blood products for animals that require transfusion therapy as part of their treatment. CABB is located in Winnipeg, MB where the majority of collections and component production occurs. Satellite collection sites are in Calgary, Cochrane, and Edmonton, AB; various Southern Ontario locations; Montreal, QC, and Moncton, NB.

The CABB’s mission is to:

  • Supply high-quality canine blood products to Canadian veterinarians
  • Advance veterinary medicine by educating Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians/Animal Health Technologists in transfusion medicine
  • Increase public awareness of animal blood banking

Donor criteria

  • Veterinarian recommended healthy, even in temperament and calm enough to be restrained
  • Minimum 55 lbs (25 kg) lean body weight
  • 1 – 8 yrs of age to start and can donate until age 10 (health permitting)
  • Healthy and not taking medications that may exclude the donor eligibility to donate
  • Up to date on core vaccines, as determined by the CABB (titre testing is accepted) with a minimum of four weeks post-vaccination at time of donation
  • Eligible to donate every 3 months for a minimum of two years

Donor Perks

  • Upon the first donation, the donor receives a bandana and donor dog tag. Subsequent milestone donations are celebrated with specialized dog tags for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 donations.
  • Complimentary Polymerized Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for blood-borne diseases is completed each time the pet donates. Any positive PCR results are forwarded to the primary veterinary clinic who will contact the owner to advise of any further testing/treatment that may be necessary. Costs incurred for further testing/treatment are the responsibility of the owner.
  • 4Dx SNAP blood test is run once per year. These results can be placed on the donor’s file.
  • Identification Microchip is implanted after the second donation (rescue dogs are eligible upon their first visit).
  • Every donor is eligible to receive one blood product for every donation should ever the need arise (product cost only is covered)

To Register

  • Complete the registration form
  • Email the form to Lesley Benchina at [email protected]
  • Contact Laura at Roncesvalles Animal Hospital to let you know you signed up

Below are a few links for you to view. If you have any further questions or would like to participate, please contact Laura at [email protected] or 416-531-8282. Or Amy at Parkdale Animal Hospital [email protected] or 416-532-1169 Thank you for your support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQd0ijHigQ4           

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HhpfxGsMvY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwYpE6JJ_3w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-oQeohVUkE