Being ‘fit and healthy’ is a vital part of our donor criteria, but we understand that this can sometimes be ambiguous. We’ve had a few donors attend donation sessions recently who we had to turn away for health reasons. Giving your dog a once over before bringing them along to donate means you can catch some things that might prevent them from donating in advance, giving you the opportunity to cancel their appointment and seek veterinary advice. We know certain things will only be picked up by a vet, but there are some things you can keep an eye out for that will tell you that your dog is unwell.

  • Open sores and unhealed wounds
  • Skin infections and rashes
  • Visible or fragrant signs of infected, inflamed, or swollen ears. Sores, foul smell, and discharge of pus are indicators of infection
  • Sore, inflamed, or infected gums
  • Eye infections and pink eye
  • Regular coughing
  • Regular sneezing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Decreased energy levels
  • Lameness
  • Lumps
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Phantom pregnancy

If you spot any of these signs in your dog, we recommend you cancel your appointment with us and consult your own vet for further advice. If you are unsure, please give us a call. It’s always better you check in advance than come along and have us turn you away. Thank you for your support. Also, if they are on any medication, please remember that they can’t donate until the course of medication is finished.