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It will come as a surprise to many people that dogs can be blood donors too. And it is a service that needs new contributions all the time.

The Pet Blood Bank is the only charity that provides a canine blood bank service for all vet practices across the UK.


Some dog owners are aware of the service, but are reluctant to put their dog through what they imagine will be a traumatic event. However, they would be happy for their dog to receive a blood transfusion if needed – and that blood has to come from somewhere.

 Fudge (pictured) is a blood donor and her owner, David Brown of Glenbranter, assures us that she was absolutely fine during and after the procedure.

The vet and nurses are very well experienced in putting the dog at ease on the table, and just like human donors, dog donors get a treat afterwards, in this case refreshments, a soft toy and a smart red bandana to show that they’ve done their good deed.

To be a donor a dog needs to be fit and healthy, between one and eight years old, weigh more than 25kg, have a good temperament, have never travelled abroad, be vaccinated and not on any medication.

Fudge has done it and is proud to wear the red bandana, why not make it your dog’s turn now?

If you would like your dog to help other dogs who need blood, you can visit or call them on 01509 232 222.

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