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Pet Blood Bank Appeal
Could your dog be a lifesaving hero just like Hugo?

23 April 2017

Pet Blood Bank Appeal


Hugo looking very proud with primary Vet Sam after his recent blood donation for the Pet Blood Bank


This is Hugo looking very proud with primary Vet Sam after his recent blood donation for the Pet Blood Bank. Hugo belongs to our Anaesthesia Intern Victoria Phillips here at Willows and Hugo was very happy to help his canine friends by donating blood.


Hugo enjoying life


Willows regularly host blood donor sessions for the Pet Blood Bank. This is a not-for-profit organisation that provides life-saving blood products for dogs throughout the UK. We see a wide variety of patients at Willows, some of which need lifesaving transfusions with blood or blood products, and many of our patients have benefitted from treatment that would not have been possible without the help and support of the Pet Blood Bank.

Whilst any suitable dog is welcome to donate, the Pet Blood Bank are desperately seeking negative donors. Research shows about 70 per cent of dogs have positive blood and these statistics are apparent in the Pet Blood Bank’s stocks. With all breeds – even those with positive blood – able to receive negative transfusions, it is placing a major strain on the charity’s reserves.

Wendy Barnett, co-founder of PBB said: “Just as with humans, dogs have blood types too, and in the UK we type for either DEA 1 positive or negative. The demand for negative remains a challenge for us.

There are specific breeds that are more likely to have the negative blood type and these are:

  • Airedales 
  • American Bulldog
  • Boxers
  • Dobermanns
  • English Bull Terriers
  • Flat Coated Retrievers
  • German Shepherds
  • Greyhounds 
  • Lurchers
  • Mastiffs
  • English Pointer
  • Weimeraners

The ideal blood donor is a healthy dog weighing over 25kg (55lbs) and aged between 1 and 8 years with a good temperament. If a dog is happy to lie quietly for a tummy rub we are off to a good start! If you are interested in finding out more about the charity or would like to watch a short video clip of a dog giving blood, please visit the Pet Blood Bank website and go to 'What happens at a blood collection day'.

By donating a unit of blood a dog could truly be giving the gift of life to others. Each time a dog gives blood it can help save the lives of up to four critically ill dogs.

In conjunction with Pet Blood Bank UK, Willows hosts regular blood donor sessions at the practice.


The next blood donor session at Willows is:

Tuesday 9 May 2017


If you are interested in your dog becoming a donor, please call Pet Blood Bank uk directly on the following number: 

01509 232222

For further information visit the Pet Blood Bank website and see our Pet Blood Donor Sessions webpage.