Brighton Priory’s new vets call for dogs to become blood donors
A CHARITY invites dogs to come forward as blood donors to help save the lives of other pets.
New Priority Vets in Patcham, Brighton are looking for happy, healthy and confident pooches to sign up for their donation sessions.
The Pet Blood Bank, a registered charity, collects donations from donor dogs across the UK, to help save the lives of other dogs in need.
Dogs living in Brighton have access to vital blood if they need it.
Donor dogs must weigh more than 25 kg, be between one and eight years old, and be fit and healthy.
They must enjoy having new experiences and meeting new people.
A spokesperson for the charity said: ‘The donation itself only takes five to ten minutes, but owners should expect their dogs to be with the team for around 35-40 minutes. .
“Dogs receive a full health check from the Pet Blood Bank veterinarian before donating and are given a shower of treats, fuss and attention throughout their appointment.
“They even get a bag of goodies and a toy to take home, plus pride in 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.”
Pet Blood Bank also calls for certain breeds to come forward, as they are more likely to have this vital blood type.
These breeds include German Shepherds, Dobermanns, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Greyhounds, Lurchers, Boxers, Old English Sheepdogs, and Weimaraners.
The charity was launched in 2007 and is the only organization of its kind to offer blood bank services to veterinarians across the country.
The blood is then taken to our processing center in Loughborough where it is separated into red blood cells and plasma products and then stored ready for dispatch.
Each unit of blood can help save up to four lives.
If you would like to register your dog to become a rescuer or would like to make an appointment for the next donation session at New Priory Vets, please visit www.petbloodbankuk.org or call 01509 232222.