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Special mention to our surgery pooch, Spike. During 2020, he’s been a keen contributor to The RVC’s pioneering blood donor program.  Along with other dogs and cats, he has provided vital blood transfusions throughout the year helping to save the lives of critically ill or injured dogs.  His efforts have been rewarded with free doggy food and pride of place in the RVC Calendar…

You can buy a calendar and help the RVC blood donation program here:
https://www.rvc.ac.uk/rvc-shop/ACT-calendar-2021

This service is only made possible by wonderful donors like Spike who visit with their owners to donate blood to the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Royal Veterinary College, Brookmans Park, near Potters Bar in Hertfordshire.

Donors are carefully screened before enrollment to ensure they are comfortable with the process of donating blood and are healthy enough to do so. They have a specific blood donor room that provides a calm and relaxed environment with three dedicated nurses so that they see a familiar face each time.

The donated blood can be used to help patients in a variety of ways.  Such as open-heart surgery, in the emergency and critical care department, treating immune mediated diseases and in the treatment of cancer.

 

Could your pet help by becoming a blood donor?

 

Dogs:
  • Aged between one and eight years old
  • Weigh more than 15kg
  • Not received a blood transfusion themselves
  • Be healthy and not on medication
  • Have yearly vaccinations and regular worming and flea treatment
  • Comfortable and relaxed with people
  • Have not travelled abroad
Cats
  • Aged between one and ten years
  • Weigh over 3.5kg
  • Not received a blood transfusion themselves
  • Be healthy and not on medication
  • Be up to date with vaccinations and flea treatment
  • Comfortable and relaxed with people
  • Not have travelled abroad

 

For further information on pet blood donation please visit: https://www.rvc.ac.uk/small-animal-vet/specialist-referrals/for-pet-owners/could-your-pet-help-save-lives