FAQ

Twin Cities Animal Blood Bank (TCABB)

Contact Us: 612-750-1272

Are there any risks to my pet becoming a donor?

We do everything possible to eliminate risks for our donors. Our vigilance starts with the extensive screening process of potential donors, and continues as our experienced, compassionate staff monitors your pet’s vital signs throughout the donation procedure and beyond. Each donor is precious to us, and we promise to treat your pet as if it were our own.

Can I be with my pet during the donation?

Blood donation is a new and unfamiliar experience for your pet, and their reaction and behavior during the process may be unpredictable. Therefore, it is best, for their safety and comfort, if they are handled exclusively by our trained and experienced staff. However, you are welcome to sit with them during their recovery as they are monitored by the staff and enjoy their treat.

How often can my pet safely donate blood?

Although blood marrow replaces most of the red blood cells donated as quickly as 3 days after donation, we collect donations no more than once every 8 weeks. Your pet’s welfare is always our highest priority, and we will never put their health and well-being at risk.

Will I be expected to be ‘on-call’ 24 hours a day?

Ideally, donor families are somewhat flexible and have easy access to transportation. When we create your donation schedule, we will ask you when you prefer to receive calls – and when you prefer not to receive calls. We will do our best to respect your schedule, and in the event of late-night or early-morning emergencies, will always contact staff members participating in the program before we disturb our other donors.

Does my pet have to be shaved?

Yes, a small area on your pet’s neck will need to be shaved, cleansed, and sterilized both for your pet’s safety during the procedure and to prevent donation contamination. The fur will usually grow back within 6 weeks.

Does my pet have to be sedated for the procedure?

Through our screening process, we hope to eliminate dogs that will become too stressed by the donation process. However, cats benefit from light sedation. Our goal is to make your pet’s donation experience as safe, comfortable, and stress-free as possible.

Contact

We’re looking for a few good pets! If you’d like more information about the Twin Cities Animal Blood Bank, or wish to schedule an initial screening, please call (612) 750-1252 or e-mail us at [email protected] . We can’t wait to hear from you!

  • Dr. Kelly Hall, DVM, MS, DACVECC – Blood Bank Veterinarian
  • Wendi Gifford, CVT – Blood Bank Coordinator
  • Jen Glock, CVT – Blood Bank Coordinator