Ardmore Vet Group in Sudbury calls for dog owners to add pets to blood donor list in support of Pet Blood Bank UK
An appeal for dog owners to sign their pets up to give blood has been launched by a Sudbury veterinary practice, as it partners with a national charity to help save other dogs’ lives.
Ardmore Vet Group is looking to build a list of people who wish to register their dogs as blood donors, in collaboration with Pet Blood Bank UK, a service that stores and dispatches stocks of blood and plasma for vets across the country.
Registered canines that meet the criteria will be invited to attend the Cornard Road practice in February 2020 for its first blood donation day.
Veterinary nurse Clare Wallace, who began liaising with the Pet Blood Bank in January, said the practice refers multiple dogs every week for transfusions and is keen to help keep blood stocks up.
She added that a single bag of donated blood can save the lives of four other animals.
“It makes a huge difference,” she told the Free Press. “It’s a matter of life and death for the animals that need it. They can deteriorate very quickly and even die without them.
“As with human blood banks, you can see stocks getting quite low, so we need to keep adding dogs to the list.
“We gathered about 45 people just from advertising in our waiting room. We would like to be able to double that.”
She confirmed that the practice’s donor list is open to all those interested in signing up, including people who are not registered with Ardmore Vet Group.
To be eligible for join the blood donor list, a dog must:
- Be aged between one and eight years old
- Weigh more than 25 kilograms in lean weight
- Be in good health, with no history of heart murmurs or seizures
- Be up to date with vaccinations and free of certain medications
- Have no history of travel abroad
- Have a good temperament and be able to lie calmly during the five to 10-minute blood withdrawal process.
People whose pets are on the list will be contacted by Pet Blood Bank towards the end of this year to book an appointment.
If you would like to sign up your dog, call Ardmore Vet Group on 01787 372588 and ask for Clare Wallace.