Rescue dog Meg has become Pet Blood Bank UK’s 10,000th lifesaving blood donor, providing a rare blood type that is currently low in stock at the charity.

Pet Blood Bank UK provides a vital service, supplying canine blood products day and night to help sick and injured dogs in need of transfusions. Reaching 10,000 donors is a huge milestone in the charity’s 11-year history, especially with a continuous demand for the service.

Meg was rehomed from the Greyhound Trust, where her owner Fiona first heard about Pet Blood Bank. Fiona said, “Meg fitted the criteria and is always so well behaved at the vets, so I thought she would be perfect. The contact with Pet Blood Bank prior to our appointment was very positive and, on the day, we were warmly welcomed by the team.”

Generally, dogs enjoy the the experience, turning up eager to receive all the treats and attention that comes with being a donor. “Meg definitely enjoyed all the fuss”, said Fiona.

Many people are unaware of the vital services the charity provides and having enjoyed the session so much Fiona has been sharing her experience, hoping others will register their dogs to donate. She explains, “We love dogs so it’s great to think that by giving up a couple of hours, we can help save several other dogs who need lifesaving blood transfusions. I have been telling everyone about our experience with Meg and how much she enjoyed it.”

To become a lifesaving donor, dogs must meet certain criteria:

  • Fit and healthy
  • Between one and eight years old
  • Weigh more than 25kg
  • Have a good temperament
  • Have never travelled abroad
  • Vaccinated
  • Not on any medication

Just like us, dogs have different blood types. We type for DEA 1 in the UK and dogs can either be DEA 1 Positive or DEA 1 Negative. From our research, 70 per cent of dogs appear to be DEA 1 Positive while only 30 per cent are DEA 1 Negative.

At the moment the charity’s stock of DEA 1 Negative blood is low and because of this they are looking for the owners of certain breeds to come forward, including: Weimaraner, German Wirehaired Pointer, Italian Spinone, Flat Coated Retrievers, Pointers, Dobermanns, Greyhounds, Boxers, German Shepherds, Airedale Terriers, Lurchers, American Bulldogs and English Bull Terriers.

To find out more, or to register your dog as a donor, please visit: www.petbloodbankuk.org or call 01509 232 222.

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