Doggy blood donations coming to Washington next weekend

YOUR beloved pooch could become a lifesaving blood donor this month as Pet Blood Bank UK hits Washington for the very first time.

The charity, which provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practitioners across Britain, is calling for the town’s dogs to come forward when the donation brigade comes to Vets4Pets in Concord on Sunday, April 18.

Pet Blood Bank is almost exactly like its human counterpart, but for our four-legged friends instead. The bank 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 given can help to save the lives of up to four other dogs, and canines in Washington – as well as all across the UK – have access to this lifesaving blood should they ever need it.

Vets4Pets Washington is running its first donor session this month and urgently needs large, confident, and happy dogs to come forward and help.

To become a donor, your dog must weigh more than 25kg, be between the ages of one and eight-years-old, and be fit and healthy. It is also important that they are confident, enjoy meeting new people, and having new experiences as the dogs will go into their donation appointment alone while owners wait outside in order to minimise risk during the pandemic.

The donation itself only takes five to 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, and even get a goody bag and toy to take home.

Following the first session on April 18, Pet Blood Bank plans to visit Washington every two to three months going forward, so even if you’ve missed this one, owners are encouraged to register their dogs for future donations.

“We are so excited to launch our very first dog blood donation session in Washington,” said Nicole Osborne of Pet Blood Bank UK.

“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 Vets4Pets Washington.”

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.