We need MORE donor dogs :)




Your dog may be a candidate to be a blood donor:
55 lbs or over
1-8 years of age
current in vaccinations
even temperament

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or call us: 204.632.2586



Annie’s Success Story

An uncelebrated Winnipeg dog effectually helped save the life of another and to think, these two hounds had never even met, nose to nose.

What started out as an ordinary January day for Annie, a pregnant 3 ½ yr old Irish Wolfhound lying around with her human family turned into a joyous occasion as Annie began whelping or as her human counterparts would know it as; going into labour. A calendar in the distance ominously read it was the first Friday the 13th of the year as if to mark the strange and sudden turn of events the day had to offer. Just as quickly as the arrival of the first pup poked through, Annie began experiencing birthing difficulties and suddenly wasn’t able to continue.

Annie’s family recognized there was trouble and immediately brought her to a veterinary hospital. An emergency caesarian was imperative in order to save the remaining puppies still inside.

Dr. Joan Stewart-Hayes of Dutch Hill Veterinary Clinic performed the surgery and what she found inside was startling even to her.

One of the puppies was floating freely outside the mother’s ruptured uterus. A nearby major blood vessel was causing excessive blood loss. Annie now had a life threatening condition known as hypovolemic shock due to the severe bleeding. In order to stabilize her condition a blood transfusion was necessary to correct the blood volume loss.

The CABB was able to provide Dr. Stewart-Hayes with a unit of red cells. To be prepared for unexpected emergencies like Annie’s, canine blood donor clinics are held regularly by the CABB in order to keep a ready supply of blood products available to veterinarians all across Canada. Blood donations from Manitoba dogs help save the lives of fellow Canadian dogs every week.

Annie has since recovered from the surgery and is now the proud mother of seven large healthy puppies. Although Annie may never come nose to nose with the dog that effectually saved her life, they will forever be bonded by the thick red blood flowing through her veins.

Misty’s Success Story

Misty is a recipient of a successful blood transfusion performed at the Oakbank Animal Hospital. Misty had ingested rodenticide and required plasma to help replace the needed clotting factors that were compromised with the anticoagulants (stops blood from clotting) found in the rodenticide.


Copper’s Success Story

Copper A wild rabbit is spotted and a chase ensues. The rabbit runs for cover under a nearby porch. With confidence the bunny pops his head out to peer at his pursuer, a bewildered yet excited 16 wk. old puppy.

“Copper,” a Golden Retriever / Bloodhound cross was just settling into his new home after being adopted from an animal shelter when this unlikely friendship developed.

Sadly, their song and dance was interrupted shortly before the end of Copper’s first week home when he became severely ill.

Copper contracted Parvovirus, a potentially deadly disease which affects the stomach and intestine, before his immunizations could take effect and aid in the prevention.

The time Copper spent at Pembina Veterinary Hospital was extremely difficult for his adoptive parents as they missed having him at home.

CopperThe animal hospital gave supportive care to Copper as there is no treatment to cure Parvovirus.

One evening, Copper took a turn for the worse when he developed pneumonia. He was not doing well and they feared he wouldn’t last the night.

The veterinarian treating Copper decided to try administering a blood transfusion.

Fortunately, there was blood at the Canadian Animal Blood Bank during this unexpected emergency. At times the shelves are bare but thankfully due to a recent blood donor clinic, Copper’s much needed plasma was available.

While the plasma didn’t cure Copper’s illness, it gave him the strength to make it through the night and fight the disease long enough to recover.

Copper is now once again a vibrant puppy, reacquainting himself with the bunny from under the porch.


Copper’s 1st Donation (A Success Story Update)

Upon Copper’s successful recovery, with the help of a blood transfusion, his family decided to return the favour by having him become a blood donor.

After Copper turned one years old he was eligible to begin donating. It was only one month after his 1st birthday on June 28, 2005 that Copper came in for his first donation.

We were quite surprised at how much Copper grew and matured from the pictures we had seen of him taken before his transfusion.

Copper’s first donation was successful and we are excited to see him again in three months.

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Koloa’s Success Story

KoloaLike most retrievers, Koloa a seven year old Chesapeake Bay retriever loves the water. One day, after enjoying a day of diving off a dock and swimming, Koloa’s owner noticed bruising on her belly. Koloa was immediately brought to see her veterinarian, Dr Boctor at Morinville Veterinary Clinic in Edmonton. Upon their arrival, Koloa’s gums had begun to bleed. Tests revealed Koloa had immune mediated thrombocytopenia (IMT), a condition in which the body destroys its own platelets resulting in the inability of the blood to clot. Koloa was transferred to the Edmonton Veterinarian’s Emergency Clinic (EVEC) for treatment. Further diagnosis revealed Koloa had Evans syndrome, a serious condition in which, IMT and Immune hemolytic mediated anemia (IHMA), two complex diseases exist at the same time. IHMA results in the body destroying its own red blood cells.

Koloa received two blood transfusions to replace the lost red blood cells and platelets to stabilize her condition and allow for administration of immune suppressive drug treatment. Without transfusion therapy, severe conditions like Koloa’s can cause rapid deterioration thus limiting valuable time to treat the patient and allow for recovery.

KoloaBeing a long term blood donor herself, having provided 16 donations to the CABB located at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Koloa was now reaping the benefits by receiving free blood products. Koloa’s owner was very thankful there was blood available to help save her dog’s life. Koloa can once again enjoy the outdoors and go for a swim.

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