Just like blood banks exist for humans, dogs too have their own canine blood bank. The Pet Blood Bank in the UK provides this unique service to veterinary practitioners all over the UK. The focus of the blood bank is to improve animal health and welfare.
By providing ready access to appropriate canine blood, the organization helps to relieve suffering. As an extension of the blood bank, a mobile blood bank has been launched a few months back in May 2019.
The sessions hosted by Pet Blood Bank collected nearly 3,000 units of blood in 2018. Now nearly 5 sessions are run per week all over the country. Let us see how the mobile unit functions.
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Mobile Pet Blood Bank
The mobile unit consists of a bank that is fitted into a lorry. The mobile unit helps to include extra blood donation sessions and also helps in covering areas that were not covered by the earlier sessions.
The unit includes a small space in which a vet checks the dog before it donates blood. To become an eligible donor, the dog must satisfy the following criteria:
- It should be healthy and fit
- Age should be between one and eight years
- Weight should be over 25kg
- Vaccination is a must
- Should not have travelled abroad
- Have a nice temperament
Approximately 450ml of blood is taken. The dog is then provided with water and food. A toy and good bag too are provided as a take-home gift of appreciation.
A single unit can help a minimum of four dogs. The collected blood is then taken to Loughborough where it is stored as plasma and red blood cells after separation.
Benefits Of Mobile Unit
The mobile blood bank for pets is an excellent opportunity to find more donors and add in more sessions anytime.
The mobile unit serves as a valuable asset to pet owners and vets.
The Pet Blood Bank initiative is a lifesaving work that provides timely help in providing blood to sick pets in need.
The Pet plan Charitable Trust, which has joined with Pet Blood Bank for founding the mobile unit states that the blood bank and its mobile unit has managed to save countless canine lives due to the active support of owners and dogs who voluntarily donate blood.
Blood Types In Dogs
Just as in humans, dogs too have varied blood types. Of the various types, DEA 1 negative blood is the most in demand as supplies are low. Breeds such as German Shepherds, Dobermans, Greyhounds, American Bulldogs and more have this specific blood type. Pet owners can help save lives of other pets by visiting the mobile blood banks and donate blood.
Donation is a simple and relatively hassle-free process. The donated blood is saved by the Pet Blood Bank unit. Registered vets can have easy access to the blood bank to avail the units of blood they would need for helping sick pets. When more pet owners give their support, it can help save several animals in need of the donation for medical treatment.