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Blood Donor Information

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Berlynn Blood donor

Each unit of blood collected can make a difference in the life of 3 canine companions and their families.

Blood Donor Information


Owner arrives and a questionnaire is completed while Donor is weighed.

A small blood sample is taken to obtain blood levels.

The donation. This only takes about eight to ten minutes.

Afterwards it is time for belly rubs and tasty treats.


  • Provide plenty of fresh water. Heroes also need a few treats.

  • Avoid vigorous exercise and use of a choke/prong collar for 48hrs post-donation.

  • Your dog may be more excitable after the donation process.
Berlynn (blood donor information) outside Roncesvalles Animal Hospital

Please inform the Canadian Animal Blood Bank of any post-donation concerns. Your dog’s health and well-being is important to us, contact us for any additional blood donor information or concerns.


Roncesvalles Animal Hospital has partnered with the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB), and we need your help. Below you will find information on CABB, the criteria to help other pets, blood donor information, the perks you will receive, and some YouTube videos to guide you through the process of blood donation. If your pet does not fit the criteria to donate, please assist with asking your friends and neighbors with amazing dogs that would be a perfect candidate to help.

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 bandanna 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

Below are a few links for you to view. If you have any further questions or would like to participate, please contact Laura at or 416-531-8282. Thank you for your support.

Blood donation form

To complete this form please click to download. You can then return your completed form to us at

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