Can you help the Pet Blood Bank?

Have you ever considered allowing your dog to be a blood donor? Or did you even know they could?!

Please meet one of my long standing clients dogs: Fergie, Massey and Amber who have all attended our training classes and to date, donated over 20 pints of blood saving potentially over 100 lives!

Pet Blood Bank exists to help save the lives of dogs and pets who need blood transfusions following surgery, an accident or with underlying medical conditions.

They are a UK charity set up to support vets by providing a blood service for pets.

Donation sessions run country wide where owners bring their dogs (and cats and alpacas) to give blood. The blood is taken to the processing plant in Loughborourgh where it is separated into the different products. It is then stored and sent out to vets as needed. Pet Blood Bank operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure availability.

However there is a real shortage so can you help?

This is a really worthwhile cause to support and a big user of the service are actually working dogs!

Louise got involved in this charity after she very sadly lost one of her dogs to a very treatable condition but unfortunately were unable to source her enough blood even though they scoured the whole of the south of England. 

Each dog receives a full health check before every donation. Every year, a blood health profile is done on your dog and these results are sent to you and your vet. The health check and tests mean if there are any changes in your dog’s health they are picked up early – I think this is really reassuring and can be life saving for your own dog.

As well as a vet assessment the dogs get lots of treats and attention while they give blood and leave with more treats and a little toy, they are really well looked after.

However there is a criteria for your dog to be a blood donor. They must be:

  • Fit and healthy
  • Between one and eight years old 
  • Weigh more than 25kg
  • Have a good temperament
  • Have never travelled outside of the UK and Ireland
  • Vaccinated or have an annual titre test after the first year booster*
  • Not on any medication

I, myself was unaware of the charity and their need for blood until Louise and I were chatting after class one evening. I feel passionate about supporting this great charity and Grace fits criteria and will be doing her bit to help others very soon.

For more information, take a look at the website.