Blood Donation

You may not have ever thought about it, but just like humans, some sick pets need blood transfusions too.

Some accidents and illnesses cause such catastrophic blood loss that we need to supplement their own blood with a donation of blood from another dog. These donations are often life-saving and recipients go on to make a full recovery, thanks to the blood donation.

Not all dogs are appropriate for blood donations, though, as we need to ensure the health of the donor is not compromised by participating.


Donor dogs must:

  • Be between 2 and 7 years of age
  • Weigh greater than 25kg
  • Be in good health
  • Be fully vaccinated (with a C3, C5 or C7 vaccine)
  • On constant Heartworm prevention


If you have a dog that fits the above criteria and would like to register them to be included in the donor program, please complete the below registration form and we will be in contact to learn more about them.

Please note: Our Victorian hospitals do not currently require blood donations.

Blood Donation Flowchart By Animal Emergency Centre AEC Illustrating Seven Steps Before Blood Is Admistered To A Sick Dog
Dog In Vet Care Holding Its Paw Out In Carers Hand
Tubes In A Line Hung On A Rack

Blood Donors

Register your dog to be considered as a blood donor
  • Please tick any that apply to your dog
  • If yes, please detail here.
  • Please tick any that apply to your dog, regardless of how long it's been since the event
  • Please note we do not require blood donors in our Victorian hospitals