Charity urges owners to donate their pet’s blood

Monday, 6th February 2012

A charity is setting up blood banks in a number of locations and is urging owners to bring their pets along to donate their blood.

The Pet Blood Bank will be holding sessions in Stoke-on-Trent, Swindon, Stafford, Bristol and Leeds, reports the Press Association.

Their blood will be used by vets to help treat animals in need. A spokesman told the news provider: "The blood donated at these sessions is taken to our state-of-the-art processing unit in Loughborough where it is processed into red blood cells and plasma products.

"It is then stored, ready to be supplied to veterinary practices across the UK."

The Pet Blood Bank was set up in March 2009 and was officially launched at Crufts. Between its formation and 2010, the charity had over 2,700 dogs registered on the programme.

Every unit of blood collected can help to save the lives of up to four other dogs.