Pet Blood Donation
We regularly hold pet blood donation sessions and blood typing days in conjunction with Pet Blood Bank UK.
We treat a variety of patients who at some point may require a blood transfusion when they are sick or injured.
Please email Pet Blood Bank to register your interest to become a canine blood donor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feline Blood Typing Sessions
Feline blood cannot be stored. We therefore hold feline blood typing sessions in order to increase our feline blood donor list, so we have a list of donors to call upon when an emergency arises.
Feline Donor Criteria
We ask that all feline donors meet the following criteria:
- Weigh 4kg or more
- Are under 8 years of age
- Have a good temperament
- Are fully vaccinated
- Must be healthy
If you are interested in registering your cat as a blood donor, please contact our medicine nursing team on 01332 678333.
Canine Blood Donation
One donation can save the lives of up to four dogs.
Unlike feline blood, canine blood can be collected and stored until needed. Pet Blood Bank UK ask all enrolled donors to aim to commit to donating 3-4 times a year.
As with human blood donation, 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.
Although most dogs can donate blood, we are specifically looking for blood from the following breeds:
- American Bulldog
- Border Collies (weight specific)
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- English Bull Terriers
- Flat Coated Retrievers
- German Shepherds
- Old English Sheepdog
- Pointer (English)
Benefits For Your Dog
In return for registering as a blood donor, your dog will receive:
- A full physical health check by one of PBB’s vets.
- Annual blood screening – full haematology and biochemistry to check internal health status (results will be sent to your registered vet)
- Blood typing (results sent to you and your registered vet)
- Goody bag (containing an exclusive Pet Blood Bank UK bandana and tag)
- Enrolment on to PBB’s ‘Donor Recognition Scheme’, which recognises donation milestones with small tokens of appreciation.
You can register your dog to become a canine donor on the Pet Blood Bank UK website.