Charity appeals for canine blood donors in Solihull

PET Blood Bank UK is appealing for Solihull’s dogs to come forward as blood donors to help save the lives of other dogs.

The association works with several veterinary surgeries in the region and is looking for happy, healthy and confident dogs to register for their donation sessions.

Pet Blood Bank is like the service of human blood, but for dogs.

They collect blood donations from donor dogs across the UK which then help save the lives of other dogs in need.

Each donation from one dog can help save the lives of up to four other dogs.

Dogs in the West Midlands, as well as all dogs in the UK, have access to vital blood if they need it.

Stumpy the Golden Labrador is a recently retired Coventry donor.

He is one of the top donor dogs in the country, having reached an incredible 30 donations.

Stumpy’s life was very different from what it was intended for. Originally he was bred to be a guide dog, but because he was born with deformed paws he was removed from the program.

By becoming a blood donor, however, he helped save the lives of 120 other dogs.

To become a donor, your dog must weigh over 25 kg, be between one and eight years old, be fit and in good health.

It is also important that they are confident, enjoy meeting new people and having new experiences, as dogs will make their way to their donation appointment on their own while owners wait outside, to minimize risk during the pandemic.

The donation itself only takes five to 10 minutes, but owners should expect their dogs to be with the team for around 35 to 40 minutes.

Like humans, dogs have different blood groups and negative blood is in high demand because it can be given to any dog ​​in an emergency.

However, with only 30 percent of dogs having this blood type, it is therefore difficult to stock up.

Therefore, Pet Blood Bank is also asking for certain breeds to come forward as they are more likely to have their vital blood type.

These include German Shepherds, Dobermans, Flat and Curly Coated Retrievers, Greyhounds, Lurchers, Boxers, Old English Sheepdogs, and Weimaraners.

To register your dog to become a lifeguard or to make a visit appointment or call 01509 232222.

Dog blood donation sessions take place at Balsall Common Vets, Solihull and Willows Veterinary Referrals, Solihull.

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