Bay Vets in Bowerham Road, Lancaster is holding a blood donation session on Sunday September 26th and happy, confident dogs are needed to come along and help.
Pet Blood Bank UK is working to save the lives of dogs in need – and has made a desperate call for more blood to be donated. After a pandemic hiatus, the charity was able to return to the region for the first time and urgently needs dogs to donate to keep blood supplies healthy.
The animal blood bank is just like the human blood service, but for dogs. They collect blood donations from donor dogs across the UK which then help save the lives of other dogs in need. Each dog donation can help save the lives of up to four other dogs. Dogs in Lancaster, as well as all dogs across the UK, have access to life saving blood should they ever need it, so it really is a vital service.
Donor dog Roxy is always happy to help
To become a donor, your dog must weigh more than 25 kg, be between 1 and 8 years old, and be fit and healthy. It is also important that they are self-confident, enjoy meeting new people,
and gain new experience as the dogs go to their donation appointment alone while the owners wait outside to minimize the risk during the pandemic.
The donation itself only takes 5-10 minutes, but owners should expect their dogs to be on the team for around 35-40 minutes. Dogs receive a full health check from Pet Blood
Before donating, go to the vet and be inundated with treats, excitement, and attention throughout the appointment. They even get a goody bag and a toy to take away as well as the pride of being
The animal blood bank team in the donation room
Like humans, dogs have different blood types and negative blood is in great demand as it can be given to any dog in an emergency. However, only 30% of dogs have this
Blood type is challenging to keep up with supplies, especially during the pandemic. Therefore, the Pet Blood Bank also requires certain breeds to report as they are
more likely his vital blood type. These breeds include German Shepherds, Dobermans, Flat Coated Retrievers, Greyhounds, Lurchers, Boxers, Old English Sheepdogs, and Weimaraners.
If you are interested in registering your dog as a lifesaver or to schedule an appointment for the Bay Vets fundraising session on September 26th, please visit