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Pet Blood Donor Sessions

19 October 2016

Sky and Solo after their lifesaving blood donation session at Willows

Sky and Solo after their lifesaving blood donation session at Willows


Willows see a wide variety of patients, some of whom have life-threatening diseases associated with blood loss and severe anaemia. Some of these patients need 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. This is a not-for-profit organisation that provides life-saving blood products for dogs throughout the UK.

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'.

Whilst any suitable dog is welcome, there are some breeds that are more likely to have the specific blood type which makes them particularly great blood donors – these special friends would be especially welcome. These breeds include;

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


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 25 October 2016

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.