Happy Happy Valentines Day to you and your pets!
As February is the month of love, we thought it would be a great opportunity to raise awareness about Pet Blood Bank UK, and how dogs can share the love and help save other doggie lives!
Launched in 2007, Pet Blood Bank UK is the only charity that provides a canine blood bank service for all UK veterinary practitioners. They run donation sessions all over the country to collect, process and store valuable blood stocks, ready to courier out to practices when they receive a call. Stocks are always in demand, and Pet Blood Bank are always looking for new canine donor recruits!
To become a canine blood donor, dogs must be between 1 and 8 years old, over 25kg, fit and healthy, up to date with vaccinations, have never travelled abroad, not be on any medication and have a good temperament.
There are heaps of perks. These range from a full vet health check at each session and an annual blood screen, to lots of attention and canine cuddles from the Pet Blood Bank team. Donors come away with a special bandana and a toy of their choice, and they also get their photo taken for Facebook and posterity! Perhaps the greatest reward, though, is knowing your dog has given the gift of life to others.
At 387 Vets, we support Pet Blood Bank by hosting 3 Pet Blood Bank collection sessions here every year. At our January session, we welcomed 16 doggy heroes who collectively donated enough blood to save up to 44 dogs’ lives!
Could your dog be another dog’s blood donor hero? If the answer is yes, Pet Blood Bank would love to hear from you! Simply complete the registration form on Pet Blood Bank’s website, and someone from the Pet Blood Bank team will be in touch.
For more information about Pet Blood Bank’s canine donor programme – and to see a video of what happens at a donation session – visit www.petbloodbank.org.