When I was approached by Pet Blood Bank UK, to enquire if we may be interested in including a blog article on pet blood donation, I was eager to help spread the word.
Just like us, dogs often require blood transfusions if they are sick or injured, which is why in 2007 Pet Blood Bank UK was formed and they are the first and only animal blood bank charity.
Can your dog give blood?
How many dog owners consider offering their dogs as blood donors? In all my years of dog ownership, it really is nothing that I had considered before.
Emergencies that require blood transfusions
- Ruptured spleen
- Rat poisoning
- Bleeding in the stomach
- Low platelet count
- Gastric torsion
Criteria for blood donors
- Your dog should ideally be aged between one and eight years old
- Be healthy with no medical problems and free from medication
- Be up to date on both flea/ worm treatments and vaccinations
- Have not previously received a blood transfusion
- Weigh more than 25kg
- Easy to handle
How long does the procedure take?
Once your dog has received a full veterinary check, a small amount of fur will be clipped away from the needle site on the neck. The area is cleaned and some local anesthetic cream will be applied to minimise the needle sensation. During the process, your dog will be comforted and stroked and if at any time, they seem under duress, the procedure will be stopped.
Following the procedure
Once the dog has given blood, they will be given a snack, water and time to relax. The blood is then taken to the charity’s center, where it is processed and stored until it is required.
Your dog is then presented with a red bandana to show that they have donated. A lovely touch, which when worn, could help to encourage other owners to put their pooches forward.
If you would like further details, please contact Pet Blood UK on the link provided at the beginning of this article.