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Blood Donors

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.