Pet blood bank donations

What is a pet blood bank donation?

Launched in 2007, Pet Blood Bank UK are the only charity that provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practices across the UK. Healthy dogs can donate small amounts of their blood to help those in need across the UK.

Every unit of blood helps save up to four other lives, saving thousands of lives every year.

Donor criteria

In order to be a donor, dogs need to meet specific criteria that ensures donor welfare is maintained and that the supply of blood is safe:

  • Donors must have a good temperament
  • Be aged between 1 and 8 years’ old
  • Weigh more than 25kg
  • Should not have travelled abroad
  • Should be up to date with all their vaccinations
  • Should be fit and healthy

What happens at a donation session?

The appointment is split into three parts:

  1. Pre Donation Health Check with our vet – this takes about 15 minutes
  2. Donation – the donation takes place with the owner present and it takes between 5 – 10 minutes to give approximately 450mls (less than a pint)
  3. Post Donation – here our donor receives a drink of water and snack (very similar to us having a cup of tea and biscuit – they also receive a goody bag which has a toy, ‘I’m a Lifesaver’ bandana and some treats

In total, the appointment takes around 40 minutes.

To view a video showing what happens at a donation session, visit Pet Blood Bank UK’s website.

Register your interest

The donations take place at Bracken Veterinary Centre in Bracknell. To register your dog to become a blood donor with Pet Blood Bank UK, please give us a call on 01344 304238.