We are holding a cat blood typing and dog blood donation day on Saturday 21st October at Pride Veterinary Centre.
Cat Blood Typing
We are inviting people to bring their cats along to our feline blood typing event. The aim of this event is to increase our feline blood donor list.
Feline blood donors are regularly needed to donate blood for patients requiring a blood transfusion following trauma or illness.
Unlike dogs, we are unable to store feline blood so we require a list of donors to call upon when an emergency arises.
The day will be run by our medicine nurses. Appointments will be allocated to take a blood sample for blood typing and discuss the blood donation process in more detail.
Feline Blood Donation Criteria
In order to donate blood, we request that any feline donor meets the following requirements:
- Weights 4kg or more
- Under 8 years old
- Has a good temperament
- Is fully vaccinated
- Must be in good general health.
How Do I Register My Cat?
If you are interested in joining our feline blood donor list to help save lives please contact us and request to speak to one of our medicine nurses to arrange an appointment.
Dog Blood Donation
The canine blood donation session will be run by the Pet Blood Bank, who will be at Pride Veterinary Centre from 10am-4pm on Saturday 21st October.
Blood Donation Criteria
Dogs must meet certain criteria to safely donate blood:
- Aged between 1 and 8
- Weigh over 25kg – 55lbs lean bodyweight
- Be in good general health
- Be up to date with their vaccinations (please note: your dog cannot give blood up to 14 days after their annual booster vaccination)
- Not be taking certain medications
Have no history of seizures, heart murmur or fainting episodes
- Have no history of overseas travel
- Have not received a blood transfusion
- Have a good temperament and can lie quietly for a tummy rub for 5-10 minutes while blood is being donated.
What Does Blood Donation Involve?
The donation process takes place in three stages
- Stage 1: Pre Screen (15 mins) – this is a health check consultation with a vet from Pet Blood Bank who will examine your dog, check its weight and take a small blood sample (to check that it isn’t anaemic or dehydrated). If the vet is happy with the sample, your dog will be taken to the donation room.
- Stage 2: Donation (15 mins) – in the donation room, a nurse will lie your dog on the table and take a donation of approximately 450ml. After this, a light dressing will be applied, their pulse checked and then carefully lifted down from the table and taken to the post-donation room.
- Stage 3: Post Donation (10 mins) –finally, your dog will be taken to a post donation area where they will be given a small snack and a drink of water and can rest for a short while before they go home.
The whole process should take no longer than 40 minutes.
Learn more in this video:
Who Are Pet Blood Bank UK?
Pet Blood Bank UK are the only charity in the UK that provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practitioners across the UK.
They collect blood at organised collection sessions throughout the UK, which is then taken to their processing unit in Loughborough where it is processed in to red blood cells and plasma products. It is then stored and ready to be supplied to vets across the UK, 24 hours a day.
How Do I Sign My Dog Up?
Appointment slots will be organised by Pet Blood Bank UK. If you would like your canine companion to become a blood donor, please call Pet Blood Bank UK on 01509 232222, and they will be in touch to arrange an appointment slot on Saturday 21st October.