BERKSHIRE DOG OWNERS URGED TO DONATE PETS’ BLOOD TO SAVE OTHER DOGS’ LIVES

Source: Berkshire Live (Extract)
Posted: September 26, 2021

Dog owners is Berkshire are being urged to donate their pets’ blood to save other dogs in need.

Pet Blood Bank UK (PBB) is currently appealing for “happy, healthy, and confident” dogs to register at Bracken Veterinary Centre in Bracknell.

PBB explains that dog blood donations are similar to human blood donations, and that every donation could help rescue up to four dogs in need.

Not every dog is able to become a donor, however. Your dog must be over 25kg to donate blood in order for the donation not to impact their own health, and donor dogs must be between one and eight years old.

Like humans, dogs have different blood types, most vital of which is negative blood, as it can be given to any dog in an emergency; breeds including German Shepherds, Dobermanns, Greyhounds, Lurchers, and Old English Sheepdogs are more likely to have this blood type – only 30% of dogs have it – so PBB is appealing for owners of these breeds to consider donation.

“It is also important that they are confident, enjoy meeting new people, and having new experiences, as the dogs will go into their donation appointment alone while owners wait outside, in order to minimise risk during the pandemic,” PBB said.

As any human who has donated blood through NHS Blood and Transplant will know, the best part of giving blood is often the snacks and biscuits you get afterwards, and this is no different for canine donors.

PBB said: “Dogs receive a full health check from the PBB vet before donating and get showered with treats, fuss, and attention throughout their appointment.

“They even get a goody bag and toy to take home, as well as the pride of being a lifesaver.”

Donation takes 5-10 minutes, although your dog will likely be with the vet team for up to 40 minutes. If you are interested in registering your dog to donate blood, visit www.petbloodbankuk.org or call 01509 232 222.

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