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Could your dog be a Life-Saving Blood Donor?
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Could your dog be a Life-Saving Blood Donor?

Could your dog be a Life-Saving Blood Donor?

Like humans, dogs need blood transfusions from time to time, usually as an emergency.

Unfortunately, there is no local blood supply service for dogs, so at AlphaPet, we maintain a register of dogs that are suitable for donating blood.

To be eligible to donate blood, a dog needs to be:

Between 2-8 years old and fit and healthy (so not on any regular medications)

Fully vaccinated and over 25kg

Regularly treated for lungworm

UK based and never having travelled, or come from abroad

We are always in need of more potential donors. If your dog meets the above criteria and you are interested in putting them forward, here are some further points you should be aware of.

• An AlphaPet patient could require a blood transfusion at any time of the day or night, so once on the register, your dog could be called upon at any time. We do however offer you the choice as to what time you wouldn’t mind being contacted.

• Dogs require a light sedation in order for blood to be taken, so they receive a full health check prior to this to ensure they are fit to be sedated.

• The vast majority of blood donors go home the same day once the sedation wears off.

• A dog can donate a maximum of 4 times in one year.

• The whole process is free and as a thank you, your dog will receive an ‘AlphaPet Hero’ bandana and if you are not yet signed up to our Pet Health Club, we will be offering the first month’s membership free of charge to dogs on our donor list.

If you have any further questions about the donation process, or you would like to take the first steps in getting your dog assessed for suitability, please give us a call at any one of our surgeries.