Veterinary led group, Medivet 24 Hour Faygate is inviting dog owners and their pets to its first blood donor day on Thursday 19 December.
Run by Medivet’s in-house blood donation service, VetBlood, the session is being laid on to ensure there is enough blood stock supply to last over the busy festive period.
Many dogs have different blood types, which requires veterinary practices needing a variety of blood which can be needed following following surgery or after an accident.
The team at Medivet 24 Hour Faygate recently helped three dogs needing blood transfusions – including a Tibetan Terrier, whose life was saved by a donation from veterinary surgeon Rob Reynolds’ own dog.
The patient, Yoko, needed a transfusion after tests showed her red blood count had dropped to dangerous levels and she stopped eating. Her owners feared the worst after discovering Yoko had a rare blood type, but blood donated by Reynolds dog proved a near-enough match.
Veterinary surgeon, Esperanza Montaner, who carried out the transfusion, said: “Time was really against us and there was a chance Yoko would reject the blood. Thankfully, Yoko made a full recovery but would not have survived if we hadn’t been able to find suitable blood in time.
“However, if she ever needs a blood transfusion again, she will need it from the same blood type donor.”