Help to save lives this Christmas

Pet Blood Bank needs your help to save lives this Christmas. By encouraging owners of large, healthy, and confident dogs to register them as blood donors, you can make a real difference to the lives of those dogs who need lifesaving blood transfusions.

Demand for canine blood products is high all year round, but especially so at Christmas as we all become busier and attending a blood donation session falls to the bottom of the list.

National charity Pet Blood Bank UK is asking for your support this festive season to raise awareness among dog owners, as many remain unaware that dogs can give blood too. Pet Blood Bank runs donation days across the country and if there is one close to your practice, signposting owners of suitable dogs to this can really help.

What kind of dogs are needed?

To become a lifesaving blood donor, dogs need to be:

  • Fit and healthy
  • Between one and eight years old
  • Weigh more than 25kg
  • Have a good temperament
  • Confident and enjoy meeting new people

Negative blood type and breed to look out for

DEA 1 negative blood type is constantly in high demand due to the fact this can be given to any dog in an emergency. You can support Pet Blood Bank even more by looking out for suitable dogs of particular breeds that are more likely to have this vital blood type. These breeds include:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • Basset Hound
  • Bearded Collie
  • Border Collie
  • Boxer
  • Curly Coated Retriever
  • Dobermann
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • English Bull Terrier
  • Flat Coated Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Greyhound
  • Lurcher
  • Saluki
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Weimaraner

How can you help?

The best thing you can do to help is to speak to any clients you see whose dogs you think could make excellent blood donors. Every unit of blood a dog gives can help to save the lives of up to four other dogs, so just one conversation that leads to a new donor registering can make a big impact.

Pet Blood Bank has a receptionists support pack available on their website that gives all the information and tools reception teams need to have conversations with clients about blood donation. You can also request leaflets from the charity for your practice to help spread the word.

Everything you do to raise awareness can lead to more lives being saved by ensuring blood is always in stock for when vets need it. At Christmas, more than ever, we need to work together to ensure lifesaving blood is available for our four legged friends.

To find out more, visit

To locate your nearest Pet Blood Bank donation session, visit

To download Pet Blood Bank’s receptionists support pack, visit