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Glen Mills Veterinary Canine Blood Donor Program

If you are interested in more information on our blood donor program please contact Kim at 610-558-0100 or email

A donation of blood means giving the gift of life to an animal that is sick or injured. With the growing demand for more surgery and the increased use of transfusion therapy to treat many diseases, there is a great need for blood donation. Give your dog a chance to be someone’s hero.

Can my dog donate?


Donor dogs must be:

  • Healthy and Good Tempered based on a Routine Physical

  • Greater than 55 lbs

  • Between 1-6 yrs old

  • DEA 1.1 negative

  • Up to date on Distemper and Rabies vaccination

  • No history of Serious Disease

  • No history of Blood-borne parasites such as Heartworms, Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, or Babesia

  • No history of Receiving a Blood Transfusion themselves

Do dogs have blood types?

Dogs have many different blood types. Our donor dogs are erythrocyte antigen 1.1 negative (DEA 1.1 negative).


Are there any adverse affects of blood donation for my dog?


Blood donation is a very safe procedure. Large dogs can safely donate up to 450 ml of blood as frequently as every 6 weeks. 

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What is donation like?

Step 1: Qualification

A complete physical is performed, a blood sample is collected and the following is verified: current vaccinations, and heartworm preventative and flea/tick preventative history. Your dog’s blood type will be verified and if he/she is DEA 1.1 negative.

  • The cost of the blood typing and blood testing is COMPLIMENTARY

  • The cost of the physical is COMPLIMENTARY

  • You will earn a $50 Glen Mills Veterinary Hospital credit each time your dog donates.

  • Complimentary Heartworm and Flea and Tick preventatives are provided for donor dogs.

Meet Liner.

Liner is a 109 pound Labrador Retriever and currently one of our canine blood donors. He has contributed to saving the lives of multiple dogs that were in dire need of a blood transfusion. Although we can't save the life of every dog that comes through the door, Liner has given these dogs a fighting chance. 

All the treats in the world aren't a big enough award that Liner deserves!

Step 2: Donation

In addition to scheduled donations, our donors have the option of being available on an emergency basis. thus allowing our hospital to call you in the case of an emergency to see if you are free to bring your dog in for an emergency donation.

All of our donors are asked to make a commitment of 1 year as a donor. If they wish to remain in the program, we recheck their blood work on a yearly basis.

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