Dog Blood Donation Day | 21 April
23 March 2018
We are holding a dog blood donation day at Pride Veterinary Centre on Saturday 21st April, from 10am-4pm.
To register your interest and book an appointment slot, please email Megan at Pet Blood Bank.
Is My Dog Eligible To Donate Blood?
In order to safely donate blood, your dog must meet the following criteria:
- Be in good general health
- Aged between 1 and 8
- Weigh over 25kg (55lbs) lean bodyweight
- Be up to date with their vaccinations (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.
If you are unsure about eligibility, please contact pet blood bank who will be able to answer any queries.
Find out more about pet blood donation.
What Does The Blood Donation Process Involve?
Blood donation is carried out in three stages:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Register My Dog As A Donor?
Appointments for 21st April will be organised by Pet Blood Bank UK.
If you would like your dog to become a blood donor, please call 01509 232222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org