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How your dog can become a lifesaver by donating blood

A blood bank service is heading to Wales and it needs your help

Our dogs have the ability to cheer us up when we’re feeling down, put a smile on our faces just when we need it most... and they have the ability to save another dog’s life.

While we’ve all heard of how becoming a human blood donor can potentially save the lives of other people, did you know that dogs can also donate blood?

Your dog has the potential to become a lifesaver.

Just like us humans, poorly pooches often need the help of blood donors.

While dogs can donate blood across the country, Pet Blood Bank UK is currently appealing specifically for dogs in Wales to be put forward by their owners.

It has recently announced it will be starting to run lifesaving blood donation days in Gwaelod y Garth, Cardiff, and it needs local dogs to come forward.

It’s the first time the charity has run a session in Wales and it is very excited to welcome lots of fantastic new donors to the life saving pack.

Where and when can my dog donate?

As the coronavirus pandemic has affected donations to the blood bank, new host vet practices have been joining forces with the charity to help. 

Valley Vet Hospital is running its first session this month and urgently needs large, confident, and happy dogs to come forward and help.

The first session is taking place on Sunday May 23 at the following address:

Valley Veterinary Hospital

Unit 2C, Gwaelod y Garth Industrial Estate,

Gwaelod y Garth,

Cardiff

CF15 9AA

Pet Blood Bank is just like the human blood service, but for dogs. It collects blood donations from donor dogs across the UK which then go towards helping to save the lives of other dogs in need. 

Every donation a dog gives can help to save the lives of up to four other dogs. 

Dogs in Wales, as well as all dogs across the UK, have access to the lifesaving blood should they ever need it, so it really is a vital service.

Can my dog become a donor?

While the charity is appealing for local dogs, there are some requirements your dog must have in order to become a donor.

They include:

  • Your dog must weigh more than 25kg
  • They must be between the ages of one and eight
  • They must be fit and healthy
  • They should be confident and enjoy meeting new people

Your dog should also be comfortable being away from you as they will go into their donation appointment alone while owners wait outside in order to minimise risk during the pandemic.

The donation itself only takes 5-10 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 vet before donating and get showered with treats, fuss and attention throughout their appointment. 

They even get a goody bag and toy to take home, as well as the pride of being a lifesaver.

Following the first session on Sunday May 23, Pet Blood Bank plans to visit Valley Vet

Hospital every two to three months going forward, so owners are encouraged to register their dogs even if they will miss the first date.

Nicole Osborne from Pet Blood Bank UK said: “We are so excited to launch our very first dog blood donation session in Wales. 

“We are looking forward to meeting lots of new donors and really getting the local community behind our mission to help save the lives of dogs across the country. 

“We would love to hear from anyone interested in finding out more or coming

along to our session at Valley Vet Hospital on Sunday May 23.”

If you are interested in finding out more and registering your dog as a donor, please visit

www.petbloodbankuk.org or call the charity directly on 01509 232 222.