Blood and blood products for transfusions in the UK come from a charity called the Pet Blood Bank and they are responsible for collection and storage of dog blood products nationally. However, as in human medicine there is a national shortage of dog blood products so the required blood may not always be available in an emergency.
In this situation, Kingsteignton Vets will collect blood from donor dogs and use this blood immediately for the transfusion. Kingsteignton Vets has created a “dog donor register” so that if blood is required in an emergency we can contact owners of registered dogs to provide a blood donation. Donor dogs would provide blood for a specific patient requiring that blood immediately, as blood cannot be stored by the practice.
Blood Donor Register
Blood transfusions in dogs and cats can be needed for a variety of conditions such as blood loss through bleeding disorders, conditions that cause red blood cell destruction (haemolytic anaemia) or a lack of red blood cell production (bone marrow disorders). The number of red blood cells is defined by a number called the packed cell volume (PCV).
Red blood cells are needed to carry oxygen to all the organs and loss of red blood cells causes anaemia which in severe cases can be life threatening. Blood transfusions can save an animal’s life within a matter of hours.
Just like people, dogs have different blood types. Blood typing is performed before a transfusion to reduce the risks of complications. In other cases, cross matching of blood can be performed to further reduce the risk of reaction to subsequent blood transfusions.
Registering my Dog
To be eligible for the donor register dogs need to be:
- Registered with the practice
- Between 1 and 8 years of age
- Weigh more than 25kg
- Be up to date with all vaccinations
- Never have travelled abroad
- Not be on any medication
- Be fit and healthy and with a calm temperament
Upon registration as a donor dog, Kingsteignton Vets will test the blood type of your dog. For each blood donation by a donor dog, Kingsteignton Vets will provide a free health check and vaccination for that year. Donor dogs are limited to only one donation each year.
We are very happy to offer house visits, please contact us for a list of charges.
Often though if your pet is sick, we can offer more treatment options if they are brought to the surgery. If you are not sure, please feel free to speak to one of our receptionists who can advise you further.
If it is an emergency we would recommend the animal is brought to the surgery so that he\she can be treated sooner.
Socialisation is very important for puppies. A lack of it is the most common cause of fear and agitation.
Since 27th July 2015, we have been running puppy socialisation events, AKA Puppy Parties! Here, you can begin the socialisation process in a fun, safe environment with the help of our knowledgeable and trained staff. We have had loads of really positive feedback from puppy owners, who really enjoy the time they spend with us and learn a lot too!
As part of our Puppy Vaccination package (Puppy Club), we offer a complimentary Puppy Party, and for those who have not taken advantage of the Puppy Vaccination pack, a small charge of £5.00 is made. These are usually held fortnightly, at our Kingsteignton practice on Tuesday evenings 7.15 -8.15pm.
Refreshments are included for both the puppies and humans, along with a complimentary gift bag for all those that attend.
If you would like to come along to a Puppy Party with your new bundle of joy, we would love to see you both... Contact us on 01626 354260 or click here to arrange an appointment.
Sadly, there are many animals who for various different reasons need to find new homes.
If you need any advice about rehoming there are a number of excellent local charities who can help you.
Animals in Distress: 01803 812121
The Animals in Distress Rescue Centre cares for and re-homes unwanted domestic animals. The Centre was opened in 1994 and over 600 cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs are re-homed every year.
Cats Protection General Enquiries: 08453 712723
Cinnamon Trust: 01736 757 900
The Cinnamon Trust also provides long term care for pets whose owners have died or moved to residential accommodation which will not accept pets. Arrangements are made between owners and the Trust well in advance, so owners do have peace of mind in the knowledge that their beloved companion will have a safe and happy future. Emergency cards are available on request www.cinnamon.org.uk.