Rescue dogs needed to become blood donors

A CHARITY is appealing to dogs in the Stourbridge and Cradley Health areas to become blood donors to help save the lives of other dogs.

Pet Blood Bank UK is looking for happy, healthy and confident dogs to register for donation sessions.

Roxy the donor dog

The blood bank is like the human blood service, but for dogs. He collects blood donations from donor dogs across the UK which are used to 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 and the UK have access to life-saving blood if they need it.

Stumpy the donor dog

Stumpy the donor dog

To become a donor, a dog must weigh over 25 kg, be between one and eight years old, be fit and in good health. They also need to be 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 Pet Blood Bank UK team in the donation room

The Pet Blood Bank UK team in the donation room

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

Dogs receive a full health checkup from the Pet Blood Bank vet before donating and they are given a gift bag and toy to take home.

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, only 30% of dogs have this blood type, so it is difficult to stock up on supplies – especially during the pandemic – so the Pet Blood Bank is particularly calling on certain breeds to come forward as they are more likely to have his blood. vital. type.

Jack the donor dog

Jack the donor dog

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

Anyone wishing to register a dog to be a donor or wishing to make an appointment for a future donation session can visit petbloodbankuk.org or call 01509 232222.

Dog blood donation sessions take place at Vets4Pets in Stourbridge and Manor Vets, Cradley Heath.


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