Today is World Blood Donation day…but did you know that our canine friends can donate blood too? Just one unit of blood can help save the lives of FOUR other dogs.
Pet Blood Bank works in a similar way to human blood donation in that dog owners bring along their much loved canine companions to give blood at one of our many sessions held at veterinary practices across the country. The blood is then taken by Pet Blood Bank staff to their processing centre in Loughborough where it is separated into red blood cells and plasma products, and then stored ready for distribution to vets across the UK.
Here at Feldon we have been hosting canine blood donation sessions for the last year with great success. Spurred on to get involved in such events by one of our regular patients who has a condition that requires regular blood transfusions, we actively encourage our clients to get their dog signed up to donate. Of course there are criteria that need to be met, dogs must
- be aged 1-8
- be over 25 kg
- be fit and healthy
- have never travelled abroad
- have a good temperament
- be fully vaccinated
- not be on any medication
Dogs are given water and some wet food after donating, just the same as humans are given a cup of tea and a biscuit. They also get a very fashionable bandana which they can not only wear with pride, but help to raise awareness of pet blood donation. Owners are asked to sign their dog up for four donation sessions across a 12 month period.
The next donation session here at Feldon will be at our Kenilworth surgery on Sunday 2nd July. If you would like more information or to register your dog for a session contact Pet Blood Bank
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