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Blood Bank Heroes

Lafayette Veterinary Care Center Veterinarian

Blood Banking at Lafayette Veterinary Care Center

Here at Lafayette Veterinary Care Center, we have several regular blood donors that donate both blood and plasma. Our facility always has a large stock of blood and plasma in the case of a pet needing a transfusion. Because we have such a large number of donors, we have every type of blood.

As the largest veterinary practice in six parishes and the only one that has a blood donation program, we can ship blood to veterinary hospitals in the surrounding areas as well.

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Peace Of Mind With Quality Donations

As long as a pet is healthy, there are very few risks with donating blood. We perform a thorough examination and conduct lab work and a full chemistry panel before clearing a pet to become a blood donor. We also blood type our donors to make sure that transfusions are as safe as possible.

Veterinarian holding a dog and a cat

Peace Of Mind With Quality Donations

As long as a pet is healthy, there are very few risks with donating blood. We perform a thorough examination and conduct lab work and a full chemistry panel before clearing a pet to become a blood donor. We also blood type our donors to make sure that transfusions are as safe as possible.

dog and cat sitting on a table with a doctor

Blood Banking Basics

  • Dogs have twelve blood types and counting as more are still being discovered today. Cats have three blood types.

  • Pets can donate every three months. More frequent donations are prohibited, as it can cause the pet to become anemic.

  • After we collect blood from a donor, we make one of four products: whole blood, packed red blood cells, plasma, or platelet rich plasma.

  • The most common diseases treated with blood donations are IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia), rat poison ingestion, blood loss from trauma or bleeding tumor, and hookworm anemia.

  • On average, we perform one transfusion every two weeks.