Welwyn Garden City doggy blood donors are helping save lives of four-legged friends
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 December 2018
A blood donor day for dogs in Welwyn Garden City has taken sufficient supplies to help with up to 14 dogs suffering from debilitating illness or traumatic injury.
The donor day was held at Medivet Welwyn Garden City.
Seven dogs donated, including Greyhounds Tommy and Misty, owned by Michael and Sheila Brooks from Welwyn Garden City.
The donor days are run by Medivet’s in-house blood donation service, Vet Blood, a not-for-profit organisation which saves lives by supplying blood products to veterinary practices in the South East of England.
Medivet Welwyn Garden City head nurse, Natalie White said: “Sometimes seriously ill dogs require a blood transfusion, just as humans do, but canine blood supplies are not readily available which is why our Vet Blood service can be a lifesaver.
“To maintain its stocks, we rely on the support of our clients and their lovely dogs.
“In return, we look after them with free medical checks and give them a donor certificate, a discount voucher for pet food and a dog toy and treats.
“All participating dogs also must pass our rigorous registration programme, because their welfare is our top priority.”
Mr Brooks said: “When Natalie explained to us about the donor days, we both felt that it was a wonderful opportunity for our dogs to help others and we were very happy for Tommy and Misty to take part.”
Tess Coakley, blood bank supervisor at Medivet, said: “Blood donated at a recent donor day at Medivet Welwyn was transfused into a sick dog in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, and was instrumental in saving his life.
“That’s why these donor days are so important, and it was great that Tommy and Misty were back to donate more blood this time.
“Not all dogs are able to donate but those which can, can give blood every three months.
“We give them an annual blood test and take a small blood sample on the day to ensure that their red blood cell count is high enough.
“Each donation can save two lives, so all donor dogs are potential lifesavers.
“We are very grateful to them and their owners. We ask anyone interested in finding out more about our donor days to call the practice.”
Medivet Welwyn Garden City is based at 129-131 Mill Green Road and can be contacted on 01707 392244.