When you register your dog, our team will be in touch to confirm your details and discuss arranging your first appointment. After this, we will send out a Donor Information Pack which includes a Consent Form and Donor Health Check Form. Please complete these and bring them with you to your appointment along with your dog’s vaccination record.
When you come along to a Pet Blood Bank UK (PBB) donation session, you will be greeted by the staff who are hosting the session. We work on an appointment system, much like your veterinary practice.
Your appointment is split into two parts:
- Health and suitability check with our fully qualified vet
We will go through the following process with your dog prior to any donation going ahead:
- Undertake a physical examination of your dog and take its health history
- Carefully clip and clean two small areas of your dog's neck
- Take a small blood sample and run some tests to ensure that your dog is fit to donate
- Microchip your dog if it is not already microchipped
If your dog passes the initial checks, you will be shown to the donation area where a fully qualified phlebotomist will collect about 450ml of your dog's blood.
After donating, we’ll ask you to stay at the donation venue for a small amount of time to allow your lifesaver to have a drink, something to eat and to be observed by our team. Your dog will receive a goody bag which includes an “I’m a Lifesaver” bandana and tag to thank them. They will also get to pick out a toy to take home and we’ll take their picture for our Facebook and Twitter pages!
You are then ready to go home. We advise that dogs rest for the rest of the day and can go back to their normal routine the following day.
In total, you should allow around 45 minutes for your appointment, although the actual donation process only takes between 5 and 10 minutes.
To meet some of our donors, please visit our Facebook page!
Each unit your dog donates can help save the lives of up to four dogs.