Life-saving dogs

Just like in human medicine, dogs often need blood transfusions when they’re sick or injured.

At Vets Now, we treat more than 120,000 pet emergency cases every year so we know how vital blood transfusions are and how important it is to have quick and easy access to this blood.

That’s why — in 2007 — we funded the creation of Pet Blood Bank UK, the country’s first and only animal blood bank charity.

It specialises in providing a canine blood bank service for all vets across the UK, giving them timely access to blood for use in emergencies and in providing critical care to dogs.

How it works

Pet owners kindly bring their much loved canine companions to donate at collection sessions across the country. See our video of what happens at a donation session.

This blood is then processed and separated into different blood products and supplied to veterinary practices across the UK, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including Vets Now clinics and hospitals.

To date, Pet Blood Bank UK has supplied more than 27,000 units of blood and helped save the lives of thousands of dogs.

Now an independent charity Vets Now is very proud to continue to support and partner Pet Blood Bank UK, where a single unit of blood can save the lives of four dogs.

If you’d like to find out more about the work of Pet Blood Bank UK visit its website.

Celebrating World Blood Donor Day 14th June 2017

On the 14th of June, we’ll be joining countries around the globe in celebration of World Blood Donor Day. This year we’re taking the opportunity to raise awareness that dogs need blood just as much as we do, supporting the 2017 themes of emergency giving.

Owners will discover their dog’s blood type at this unique event – a valuable piece of information should they ever be faced with an emergency situation where their dog needs blood.

Not only this, their dogs will also be invited to give blood at a later date to help save the lives of other much loved canine companions.

Swindon 14th June 2017

To attend the blood typing event at Swindon, dogs need to be fit and healthy and one of the following breeds: Dobermanns, Greyhounds, Boxers, German Shepherds, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Airedale Terriers, Weimaraners, Lurchers, American Bulldogs, Pointer (English), English Bull Terriers, Old English Sheepdogs, Border Collies and Dogue de Bordeaux.

To register for this event, please click here and select a 10-minute appointment slot with our team.

Manchester 18th July 2017

To attend the blood typing event in Manchester dogs need to be fit and healthy and over 25kg but can be of any breed.

To register for this event, please click here and select a 10-minute appointment slot with our team.

 

Your experiences

More than 1000 dogs needed a blood transfusion last year

Vets Now is proud to support and partner the independent charity, Pet Blood Bank UK, where a single unit of blood can save the lives of four dogs.

Register as a blood donor