Have you ever wondered where the blood would come from should your beloved pet require a transfusion?
Dogs can save up to four lives for every unit of blood donated and more than 1000 dogs required a blood transfusion in 2015.
However, such demand places strain on the resources of The Pet Blood Bank UK – A charity providing a national canine blood bank service for all veterinary practitioners.
Launched in 2007, Pet Blood Bank UK is the only charity that provides a canine blood bank service. As part of their charity remit, they aim to advance animal health and welfare and to relieve suffering by providing quick and convenient access to blood.
Similar to the human blood service, dog owners kindly bring their much loved canine companions to give blood at one of our many sessions across the country.
The blood is then taken to their state of the art processing centre in Loughborough, where it is separated into red blood cells and plasma products and then stored ready for dispatch.
The donor, your dog, needs to be:
- Fit and Healthy
- Between 1 and 8 years old
- Weigh more than 25kg
- Have a good temperament
- Have never travelled abroad
- Not on any medication
If your dog meets all of the above criteria, you can register them for future collections.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A COLLECTION SESSION?
The comfort and health of the donor dogs is of paramount importance and they aim to make the donation process as relaxed and enjoyable as possible for all involved.
The appointment is split in 2 halves.
- Health and suitability check with the vet
The vet will go through the process before any donation going ahead.
If all is well, your dog will be taken through to the donation room where fully qualified phlebotomists will draw about 450ml of your dogs blood.
Once the donation is made your dog will be taken to the refreshment area for a well earned drink and snack.
You are then ready to go home, some dogs may want to take it easy for a little while, but many will get on with their usual routine.
For more information please go to their website: