Vets appeal for more blood donors

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DOG owners with a social conscience are being sought to join a blood donor register to help poorly pets.

Eastgate Veterinary Surgery in Cotton Lane, Bury St Edmunds, is asking owners of larger breeds to have their dogs’ blood tested so the surgery can compile a list of potential donors to contact at short notice. They cannot create a human-style blood bank because the volumes are small.

Vet Alex Wylie said: “A lot of vets will just have known clients who will bring their pets in, but they haven’t tested them. This is much safer for both dogs.

“Like humans, there are blood types in dogs. You can normally give one transfusion from an ‘unknown’ dog but if you need more they have to be tested to match blood groups.”

The donor dogs get a health check and their blood will be tested for signs of any hidden complaints.

Owners who want to help should call 01284 753961.

Alex said: “Dogs have to be over 20kg and under eight years old, fully vaccinated and in general good health.”

They must live fairly close to Bury because if blood is needed it is often an emergency.

Only 250 to 500ml of blood is taken.