Could your dog be a blood donor?
We probably all know what blood doning means when it comes to humans, but what is the criteria for dogs?
Unfortunately, there is no local blood supply service for dogs and just like humans, dogs still need life-saving blood transfusions from time to time, usually in an emergency.
Here at AlphaPet, we maintain a register of dogs that are suitable for donating blood.
A dog needs to be:
• 2-8 years old
• fit and healthy (so not any regular medications)
• fully vaccinated
• 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 anytime. 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 months 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.
Check out the gallery below of some of our AlphaPet Heroes who have already saved lives, proudly wearing their scarves!
A huge thank you to them all and especially from Phoebe Netherclift who recently received a blood transfusion when she desperately needed one, after developing the blood disorder IMTP (Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia).