Dog blood donations have dropped by 40% during the pandemic

Just like humans, some dogs need emergency blood, too.

In many cases, these transfusions save their life.

But dog blood donations have seen a 40% drop during the pandemic – which is having a knock-on effect on stock levels. 

Today, June 14, marks World Blood Donor Day and charities such as Pet Blood Bank UK are urgently calling on owners to help keep unwell and injured animals alive.

For those not clued-up, every canine donation has the potential to help up to four other dogs.

So one simple 30-minute appointment has a huge impact.

Nicole Osborne, marketing manager at Pet Blood Bank UK, says: ‘Over the pandemic, we have seen a drop in the number of dogs being able to help us, which has impacted onto our stock levels. We have had to change some of our venues due to restrictions and are also working with dogs coming into appointments on their own.’

As a result of this, some dogs have dropped off the radar with their donations. 

Nicole adds: ‘This means we really need more dogs to come forward and help us to ensure we can continue supplying lifesaving blood to dogs.

‘If you have a large, happy, healthy, and confident dog, we would love to hear from you.

‘Your dog could make a big difference to the lives of others with every donation having the ability to help save the lives of up to four other dogs.’

Also, dogs have different blood types: positive and negative – the latter being the rarer of the two.

From Pet Blood Bank UK’s research, only 30% of dogs have a negative blood type – but this variety can be given to any canine. So it’s vital to get these stock levels back up to help animals in an emergency.

Some breeds are also more likely to have negative blood, including German Shepherds, Dobermanns, Flat Coated Retrievers, Pointers, Greyhounds, Lurchers and Boxers.

To ensure that every dog can be treated, the charity is calling on dog owners to donate and spread the word.

Nicole says: ‘The donation process is really simple and is very similar to the human blood service. 

‘Dogs first receive a health check from our vet before going on to donate approximately 450ml of blood while receiving lots of praise and a lovely tummy rub from our team. They are given lots of treats, fuss and attention throughout the process and even get a goody bag to take home. 

‘Your dog will be with us for around 30-40 minutes but the blood donation itself only takes 5-10 minutes.’

It’s worth pointing out that well-behaved dogs are better suited to being donors (as they’ll need to lie still when the blood is taken).

Energetic dogs are also encouraged to get involved – as long as they can be obedient.

To register, dogs need to be:

· Fit and healthy

· Weigh over 25kg

· Aged between 1 and 8

· Have a good temperament

· Have never travelled abroad

· Vaccinated

· Not on any medication

For more information visit petbloodbankuk.org

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