Langford Vets hosts Pet Blood Bank collection session

Langford Vets hosts Pet Blood Bank collection session
Our Small Animal Referral Hospital is hosting a Pet Blood Bank UK* blood collection session on Sunday, 7 August.

By donating a unit of blood, your dog is truly giving the gift of life to others - every time your dog gives blood it can help save the lives of up to four critically ill dogs.

We need canine blood donors who meet the following criteria:

  • Weigh more than 25kg,
  • are aged 1-8 years,
  • are of a good temperament,
  • are fully vaccinated,
  • are healthy, and
  • have never travelled abroad.

While both positive and negative blood types are needed, negative blood is a universal blood type, so we are particularly interested in recruiting the following breeds, whose blood type tends to be negative:

  • Airedales
  • American Bulldog
  • Boxers
  • Doberman
  • English Bull Terriers
  • Flat Coated Retrievers
  • German Shepherds
  • Greyhounds
  • Lurchers
  • Mastiffs (various breeds)
  • Pointer (English)
  • Weimaraners.

What’s involved?

The actual blood donation collection for each dog takes ten minutes but the whole process including registration takes 40 minutes in total. Pet Blood Bank UK bring their own phlebotomist and vet to carry out the collection session.

Holly Witchell, Intensive Care Nurse at Langford Vets, said: "The Pet Blood Bank UK provide us with a lot of blood which we use to help save dogs lives, so it's great to be able to host a session to give something back.

"All dog donors are eligible for a free microchip, if they aren’t already chipped, and they will also receive a free ‘I’m a lifesaver’ bandana, vet check and blood screening on the day."

If you're interested in bringing your dog along to this session, please register your interest by emailing Holly Witchell, Intensive Care Nurse, by emailing holly.witchell@bristol.ac.uk. You will then be contacted by Pet Blood Bank to arrange a time for you and your dog to come along to our collection session.

*Pet Blood Bank UK are a not for profit organisation that provides life-saving blood products to dogs throughout the UK (www.petbloodbankuk.org).