Furry heroes are being sought for the area’s first blood bank donor sessions for dogs.
Pet Blood Bank UK, a charity which provides a national canine blood bank, is holding the sessions at Oakhill Veterinary Centre in Goosnargh, near Preston, next month.
It is the first time the sessions have been held in the area and Judith Lee, a vet at Oakhill Veterinary Centre, said she is delighted to take part.
She said: “It’s the first time it has been done at Oakhill, and the first time it has been done in the area.
“I contacted Pet Blood Bank to see if they were interested in using the surgery for a collection session.
“It is a great idea, and really helps when you have a pet in an emergency.”
Just like the human blood service, Pet Blood Bank UK collects blood from donors at organised sessions around the country.
The blood is then processed into packed red blood cells and fresh plasma before being supplied to vets across the UK.
It means vets have blood products on hand in emergencies.
Judith expects the sessions to be a success. She said: “I’ve contacted all clients with dogs in the right groups, and we have certainly had some interest, and I have contacted other vets in the area to raise interest as well.
“I just think it is such a good idea to be able to have access to this.”
Not all dogs are suited to giving blood.
A good temperament is essential, as the dog will need to sit quietly for about 10 minutes while the procedure takes place.
Pets also have to be aged between one and eight years old, and weigh more than 25kg.
They must also be up to date on vaccinations, not travelled outside the UK and not be on any medication.
The blood bank is short of negative blood. Breeds of dogs with negative blood types, including German Shepherds, English Bull Terriers, Dobermans and greyhounds, are particularly sought after.
Judith hopes, if the session goes well, they will hold sessions at their other surgeries.
The session takes place on Saturday, July 7, at the Oakhill Veterinary Centre on Langley Lane, Goosnargh, PR3 2JQ.
To book your dog an appointment, ring Pet Blood Bank UK on 01509 232222.