Info for VetsTwin Cities Animal Blood Bank (TCABB)
Contact Us: 612-750-1252
Breaking It Down
To minimize treatment risks and use its limited blood supply as efficiently as possible, TCABB separates each donation into component products. In this manner, a single donation can help up to 4 animals.
Indications, Contents & Shelf Life
- Fresh Whole Blood: Acute active hemorrhage, hypovolemic shock, thrombocytopenia with active bleeding RBCs, WBCs, plasma proteins, all coagulation factors, platelets 8 hours
- Stored Whole Blood: Anemia with hypoproteinemia, hypovolemic shock RBCs, WBCs, plasma proteins > 8 hours – 35 days
- Packed Red Blood Cells: Increased red cell mass in symptomatic anemia RBCs, WBCs, reduced plasma Up to 42 days (dependent on preservative)
- Fresh Frozen Plasma: Coagulation disorders, factor deficiencies, liver disease, disseminated intravascular coagulation, anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity Plasma, albumin, all coagulation factors 1 year – when frozen within 8 hours of collection
- Frozen Plasma: Stable coagulation deficiencies Plasma, albumin, stable coagulation factors Up to 5 years – when frozen within 8 hours of collection
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (Platelet Concentrates): Bleeding due to thrombocytopenia or thrombopathia Platelets, few RBCs and WBCs, plasma 5 days at 22 degrees Celsius with intermittent agitation
- Cryoprecipitate: Hemophilia A, Von Willebrand’s Disease, hypofibrinogenemia Factor VIII, vWF, fibrinogen, fibronectin N/A Cryo-Poor Plasma / Cryosupernatant Rodenticide toxicity, coagulopathies of Factors II, VII, IX, and X Factors II, VII, IX, X N/A In addition to various blood components, we offer an assortment of other products such as Vetstarch, various lab tests and Urine Drug screening. Please refer to our order form for a complete list of available tests and products.
Meticulously screened volunteer donors help paws save paws by giving generously four times per year. Frequent examinations and extensive blood testing not only ensure a safe blood supply, but spotlights our donor’s health as well.
- Canine: There are 13 canine blood types, but only 8 DEA (Dog Erythrocyte Antigen) types are recognized as international standards. DEA 4 positive is considered the universal blood type. ALL of TCABB’s canine donors have the universal blood type.
- Feline: There are 3 feline blood types: A, B, and AB. None of these are universal; feline recipients must be a type-specific match.
- Crossmatching: Crossmatching tests for antiRBC antibodies by examining for agglutination and hemolysis. A major crossmatch detects the recipient antibodies against donor RBCs; a minor crossmatch detects the donor antibodies against the recipient RBCs. All recipients should be crossmatched with their prospective donor.
Testing for Feline Blood Donors
- CBC, Chemistries and T4
- ELISA technology for: Feline Leukemia Virus Antigen
- ELISA technology for: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
- Antibody PCR technology for: Anaplasma spp. Ehrlichia spp. Cytauxzoon felis Bartonella spp. Feline Hemotropic Mycoplasma haemofelis Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum and turicensis
Testing for Canine Blood Donors
- CBC, Chemistries and T4 4DX Plus ELISA technology for antibody for: Borrelia burgdorferi Ehrlichia canis, Ehrlichia ewingii Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Anaplasma platys
- ELISA technology for antigen for: Dirofilaria immitis
- IFA Technology for: Brucella canis
- ELISA technology for: Quant C6 : Borrelia burgdorferi
- PCR technology for: Babesia canis Leishmania spp. Ehrlichia canis Anaplasma phagocytophilum Hepatozoon spp. Neorickettsia risticii and Rocky Mountain spotted fever Mycoplasma genus Bartonella spp.
Blood products and/or supplies can be ordered at any time – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – by calling (612) 750-1252. Our staff will package your products appropriately and help you to choose and coordinate the method of transportation (i.e., courier, taxi, staff member, recipient owner, etc.).
Prices do not include shipping or taxes. Invoices are included with each order. Visa, MasterCard, or Discover are accepted. We are always available if you have questions or concerns about our products. If you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with setting up a blood transfusion, we will be happy to assist via phone or on-site.
Feel free to contact our educated team for an information packet on transfusion tips, reactions and patient monitoring information. We also offer RACE certified seminars on blood components and transfusion therapies for you and your staff at a reasonable cost!
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