Life-saving dogs called on to lend a paw in Solihull - The Solihull Observer

Life-saving dogs called on to lend a paw in Solihull

Solihull Editorial 5th Aug, 2023   0

A CHARITY is calling on pet owners in Solihull to register their dogs for blood donations.

Pet Blood Bank UK is currently appealing for dogs in the borough to come forward as blood donors to help save the lives of other dogs.

Willows vets in Solihull is one of the charity’s host venues and they are looking for happy, healthy, and confident dogs to register for their donation sessions.

To become a donor, your dog must weigh more than 25kg, be between the ages of one and eight, and be fit and healthy.

It is also important that they are confident, enjoy meeting new people, and having new experiences as the dogs will go into their donation appointment alone while owners wait outside in order to minimise risk during the pandemic.

The donation itself only takes 5-10 minutes, but owners should expect their dogs to be with the team for around 35-40 minutes.

Dogs receive a full health check from the Pet Blood Bank vet before donating and get showered with treats, fuss, and attention throughout their appointment.

They even get a goody bag and toy to take home, as well as the pride of being a lifesaver.

Pet Blood Bank is just like the human blood service, but for dogs.

They collect blood donations from donor dogs across the UK which then go towards helping to save the lives of other dogs in need.

Every donation a dog gives can help to save the lives of up to four other dogs.

Dogs in Solihull, as well as all dogs across the UK, have access to the lifesaving blood should they ever need it, so it really is a vital service.

Pet Blood Bank is also calling for certain breeds to come forward, as they are more likely to have a blood type- these include German Shepherds, Dobermanns, Flat and Curly Coated Retrievers, Greyhounds, Lurchers, Boxers, Old English Sheepdogs, and Weimaraners.

For more or to book a donation appointment on August 15 click here or call 01509 232222.

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