New Blood donor program at the Langley Animal Clinic

Langley Animal Clinic is excited to announce our new blood donor program.

We are looking for a few lifesaving canine donors. There is a constant demand for blood. Please help us!

Contact Dr.Joseph O’Sullivan at

Criteria for Canine Donors

  • Donors must be up to date on vaccinations
  • Weigh 23kg (50lbs) or more
  • 1 year of age up to 8 years
  • Healthy physical condition
  • Even temperament

Our veterinary team will ensure that your dog meets all the donor requirements.

All blood donors will receive an initial physical examination and blood typing. They are rewarded with an annual complementary physical exam and annual vaccines. No charge for blood units should your pet ever require a transfusion. Call 604-534-4813

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when I bring my dog in to donate blood?

On initial visit you will be asked to fill out a form pertaining to you dog’s history ­ travel, vaccination status, previous medications, health issues/concerns etc. On completion, your dog will then be examined by one of our doctors along with addressing any issues or concerns arising from the registration form. Once the doctor deems your dog to be fit and healthy they are ready to donate.

What is involved in the process of blood donation?

Your dog will be brought into a quiet room, where an indwelling needle will be placed. Your dog will lie comfortably at a height while the donation takes place. Blood flows directly into the collection bag and is weighed, just like a human donation. The actual donation process can take between 5 and 30 minutes.

Are there any risks involved with donating blood?

Once your dog is deemed fit and healthy the risks of donation are minimal. The area here the indwelling needle is placed is clipped and aseptically prepared practically eliminating the chances of infection.

Do dogs have blood types just like humans?

Yes they do, however they are quite different. Eight DEA (Dog Erythrocyte Antigen) types are recognized in dogs ­ 1.1 positive, 1.1 negative, 1.2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 (6 of which can be typed). DEA 1.1 positive dogs (33­45% dog population) can be considered universal recipients. DEA 1.1 negative dogs can be considered universal donors.

A dog that contains only DEA 4 can also be considered a universal donor. Naturally occurring antibodies are found against DEA 3, 5 and 7 in most dogs and thus these dogs are not ideal donor candidates.

How often can my dog donate?

Dogs are eligible to donate blood every 3 months, however studies have shown that no adverse effects are seen when donating as frequently as every month.

How much blood is taken from my dog?

We collect one unit of blood from each dog at donation which equates to approximately 450ml.

Blood Donor Registration Form