A special cat blood typing and dog blood donation day is taking place in Derby to help build up a bigger pet donor database in the area.
Scarsdale Vets, which has practices across Derby and Burton Upon Trent, are teaming up with Pet Blood Bank team for the event on Saturday (21 October).
Like human blood, animal blood has a fairly short shelf-life - for dogs it is approximately one month and for cats, around two weeks, so there is a constant need to replenish supplies.
Tara Cook, Veterinary Nurse at Pride Veterinary Centre where the event will take place said:
Scarsdale Vets are working in collaboration with Pet Blood Bank which is based in Loughborough and has been running for 10 years.
Pet Blood Bank UK is the only charity in the UK that provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practitioners across the UK.
Wendy Barnett from Pet Blood Bank said:
The Blood Donation and Blood Type day will be running from 10am-4pm on Saturday at Pride Veterinary Centre, Derby.
If you are interested in bringing you dog or cat along they will need to fit the following criteria:
- Healthy and friendly
- Aged between 1 and 8 years
- Weight over 25kg
- Current and up to date with vaccinations
- Not on any medication
- Not travelled outside of UK/Eire
- Have not received a blood transfusion
- Be of good temperament
- Under 8 years of age
- Weight 4kg +
- Fully vaccinated
- No health concerns
- Not pregnant
- Not on medication
- FELV/FIV negative