Dog blood donations
Blood donation – can your pet help?
We desperately need to improve our list of blood donors to help save other pets lives in their hour of need.
We need dogs with the following criteria:
- Healthy and fully vaccinated
(not on any long term medication)
- Friendly and easy to handle
- Over 30kg in weight
- 1-8 years old
- Has not travelled outside UK
If your pet dog fits this description, and you would like your dog to become a blood donor, we would need you to make an initial appointment at one of our hospitals to ensure they are eligible.
At this appointment, we assess their temperament to ensure they don’t get stressed by the blood taking process. We take a blood sample to test, to make sure they are in full health before being signed up. We also check which blood type they are.
If the results from the initial appointment are satisfactory, then your dogs name will be added to our dog donor list. We call on suitable donors from the list when we have an emergency and critical care patient who needs a life saving transfusion. Our hospitals run 24/7, so this can sometimes be during the night and at weekends.
The blood donation process
- Full physical exam by a Veterinary Surgeon.
- A general health profile to ensure they are in full health.
- You will need to keep them indoors for the night, and keep them warm.
- Free annual vaccination
- Vet health check
- Regular blood screenings
How is blood obtained?
Blood is obtained directly from a large vein in the neck.
How often can my dog give blood?
Every 3 months.
A blood transfusion helped Sid survive intestinal torsion. Sid, a 2 year old male boxer arrived at the hospital in a rapidly deteriorating condition.
He was quickly diagnosed as suffering from an intestinal torsion, where the whole of the intestine twists around on itself. These rare conditions are usually fatal but prompt expert surgery started to try to save him.
The surgery was successful but nearly 90% of his small intestine had to be removed. A blood transfusion was a crucial part of the intensive care needed to get him through the coming days and happily now Sid is back home. To read more about Sid’s condition and treatment click here.