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A Pet Blood Bank Donation Session with a Difference!
30 April 2017
Our most recent donation session with the Pet Blood Bank was a little different to usual in that the stars of the day were all Dobermanns!
The Pet Blood Bank organised the Dobie Donation Day which saw owners bring along their dogs to give blood in a bid to boost low stocks of Negative type blood.
With the help of the Birmingham and District Dobermann Club, the session saw 5 of the Dobermanns able to donate successfully and all were Negative blood types. This was one of the first breed-specific events run by the Pet Blood Bank UK (PBB).
Dobermanns were the breed of choice for the day due to the fact that they, along with breeds such as Greyhounds, Boxers and German Shepherds, Airedales, English Bull Terriers, Flat Coated Retrievers, English Pointers and Weimeraners, are commonly Negative blood type.
Wendy Barnett, co-founder of PBB, said: “Similar to humans, dogs have blood types, too, and in the UK we type for either DEA 1 Positive or Negative. With only 30 per cent of our donors being Negative blood type, the demand for this type remains a challenge for us.
We are very grateful to the owners of Dobermanns who took their pets along to Willows to help us collect much-needed Negative blood to help sick and injured dogs across the country.”
The Pet Blood Bank team, top, from left, Emily Johnson, Kelly Jarvis and Annie Cartwright; and, bottom left, Charlotte McKinley and Emma Birch
Among those who attended the Dobie Day session was Jenny Sharp, who made the 250-mile round-trip from Salisbury to bring along her two Dobies, Phoebe and Morgan, to donate for the first time
The next donor session here at Willows will take place on Tuesday 9th May where all breeds are welcome to attend the session.
If you are interested in your dog becoming a donor, please call Pet Blood Bank UK directly on the following number: