Life-saving dogs urgently needed to become blood donors in Windermere

LIFE SAVING dogs are urgently needed to become blood donors.

Pet Blood Bank UK is currently appealing for dogs in Windermere to come forward as blood donors to help save the lives of other dogs.

Oakhill Veterinary Group is one of the charity’s drop-in locations and they are looking for happy, healthy and confident dogs to sign up for their donation sessions.

Pet Blood Bank is like human blood service, but for dogs. They collect blood donations from donor dogs across the UK, which then help save the lives of other dogs in need.

Every donation made by one dog can help save the lives of up to four other dogs. Windermere dogs, as well as all dogs in the UK, have access to vital blood if they need it, so it really is a vital service.

To become a donor, your dog must weigh more than 25 kg, be between 1 and 8 years old, and be fit and healthy. It is also important that they are confident, enjoy meeting new people and having new experiences.

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

Dogs receive a thorough checkup from the Pet Blood Bank veterinarian before donating and are showered with treats, fuss and attention throughout their appointment. They even get a bag of goodies and a toy to take home, along with the pride of being a lifesaver.

Like humans, dogs have different blood types and negative blood is in high demand as it can be given to any dog ​​in an emergency. However, with only 30% of dogs having this blood type, it is difficult to keep track of the supply, especially during the pandemic. Therefore, Pet Blood Bank also calls for certain breeds to come forward, as they are more likely to have its vital blood type. These breeds include German Shepherds, Dobermanns, Flat and Curly Coated Retrievers, Greyhounds, Lurchers, Boxers, Old English Sheepdogs, and Weimaraners.

If you would like to register your dog to become a rescuer or would like to make an appointment for the donation session at Oakhill Veterinary Group on Sunday July 31, please visit www.petbloodbankuk.org or call 01509 232222.


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