Dog blood bank opens

A new charity – Pet Blood Bank UK – has set up the UK’s first pet blood bank.

October 2005 saw a law change allowing vets to store pet blood for future use. The charity is seeking donations from larger dogs, with donation events planned for around the UK.

Once collected, Pet Blood Bank UK separates the blood into plasma and red cells, with one donation helping up to four dogs. Their website explains what they’re looking for in dog donors:

  • good temperament
  • be aged between one and eight years old
  • weigh more than 25 kilos
  • not have traveled abroad
  • be up-to-date on all vaccinations
  • be fit and healthy.

They plan to charge for the blood they supply, promising a reduced rate for major animal charities.

We’ll try to get an interview with the people behind Pet Blood Bank UK. Send us your questions!