Charity asks Cardiff dogs to become blood donors

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A charity is appealing to Cardiff dogs to become blood donors to help save the lives of others across the UK.

Pet Blood Bank UK is looking for ‘happy, healthy and confident’ dogs to register for donation sessions as they are coming to Wales for the first time.

The sessions will take place at the Valley Veterinary Hospital in Gwaelod y Garth, near Tongwynlais, with the next scheduled for Sunday July 25.

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Appointments last around 40 minutes, and the donation itself only takes 5-10 minutes.

Your beloved companions will receive a complete health check from the association’s veterinarian before donating and will be showered with treats and attention throughout their appointment.

To become a donor, your dog must weigh over 25 kg, be between one and eight years old, be fit and in good health. Organizers say it is also important that they are confident, enjoy meeting new people and having new experiences as the dogs will make their way to their donation appointment on their own while the owners wait outside, in order to minimize risks during the pandemic.



Pet Blood Bank UK is looking for happy and healthy dogs like this to donate blood

Launched in 2007, Pet Blood Bank UK is the only charity to offer a blood bank service to all vets in the UK and operates exactly like the human blood service.

They collect blood donations from donor dogs across the UK which then help save the lives of other dogs in need. Each donation from one dog can help save the lives of up to four other dogs in need, meaning thousands of lives are saved each year.

The association’s partnership with Valley Vets brought them to Wales for the very first time, following a hospital emergency which saw a local dog, Orrin, donate a life-saving donation of a cockapoo, Mabel, who urgently needed a blood transfusion. after childbirth and septic shock.

Now the hospital needs more dogs like Orrin to show up for donation sessions, so dogs like Mabel always have vital blood available when they need it.



Cockapoo Mabel (left) with German Shepherd Orrin (right) who saved his life by donating blood
Cockapoo Mabel (left) with German Shepherd Orrin (right) who saved his life by donating blood

Lora D’Alesio, Veterinary Nurse at Valley Veterinary Hospital, said: “Due to the advanced veterinary care that we are able to provide to our patients, we regularly face emergencies of different varieties that require blood transfusion.

“We are always fortunate to be able to have blood from Pet Blood Bank, or one of our regular canine blood donors, without them many dogs would not be alive today!”

Like humans, dogs have different blood groups, and negative blood – which can be given to any dog ​​in an emergency – is in high demand. However, since only 30% of dogs have this blood type, it is difficult to stock up on supplies, especially during the pandemic.

As a result, Pet Blood Bank is also asking for certain breeds to come forward as they are more likely to have their vital blood type. The full list of these breeds is below.

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American bulldog
  • Border collie
  • Boxer
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • English Bull Terrier
  • Flat Coated Retriever
  • German shepherd
  • Doggy style
  • Lurcher
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Needle
  • Weimaraner

If you would like to register your dog to become a lifeguard or would like to make an appointment for the next donation session at Valley Veterinary Hospital on Sunday July 25, please visit www.petbloodbankuk.org or call 01509 232222.

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