Dogs needed to donate blood in Washington to help save pets' lives

A dog donating blood with Pet Blood Bank UK
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Dogs are desperately needed to donate blood to help save the lives of other pets.

Pet Blood Bank UK is appealing for dog owners in Washington to come forward and see if their canine companions could become blood donors. Vets4Pets in Washington is one of the charity’s host venues and they are looking for "happy, healthy, and confident dogs" to register for their donation sessions.

Pet Blood Bank is just like the human blood service, but for dogs. They collect 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. To become a donor, your dog must weigh more than 25kg, be between the ages of 1 and 8, and be fit and healthy, the charity said. It is also important that they are confident, enjoy meeting new people, and having new experiences.

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 are given treats, fuss, and attention throughout their

appointment. They also get a goody bag and toy to take home.

Like humans, dogs have different blood types and negative blood is in very high demand as this can be given to any dog in an emergency. However, with only 30% of dogs having this blood type, keeping up with supplies is challenging, according to the charity. Therefore, Pet Blood Bank particularly wants to here from the owners of certain breeds that are more likely to have this blood type.

These breeds include German Shepherds, Dobermanns, flat and curly coated retrievers, greyhounds, lurchers, boxers, Old English Sheepdogs, and Weimaraners.

To register your dog visit www.petbloodbankuk.org or call 01509 232222.