A CAMPAIGN has been launched in a bid to get more pet owners to register their dogs as a blood donor.
Clent Hills Vets has kicked off the new year with the drive because dogs need blood for a variety of reasons including some surgical procedures and complicated forms of medical treatment.
Just like with humans there must be a sufficient period of time between donations which is why it is important for Clent Hills to compile a list of multiple canine donors.
In emergency situations, especially when time is critical, having a list of local dogs who may be able to donate could literally save another dog’s life.
Dog blood donors must meet certain criteria – they must be fit and healthy, aged between one and eight and weigh more than 25kg.
They must have a good temperament, be relaxed in a veterinary environment, be up-to-date with vaccinations and have never travelled abroad.
Sarah Male, deputy head nurse at Clent Hills’ Hagley Practice, said: “People don’t always realise that animals can need a blood transfusion just like humans.
“Clent Hills Vets is committed to raising awareness of the importance of dogs donating blood to support sick and injured pets.
“The health and wellbeing of the donor dog is as important to our team as the dog who requires the blood, which is why only those dogs who meet the criteria can be considered.”
Clent Hills Vets has practices in Bromsgrove, Rubery and Hagley.
Any dog owners wishing to register their pets should visit https://www.clenthillsvets.co.uk/dog-blood-donors/ and after registration a blood test will be performed to ensure the animal is able to give blood.