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Lifesaving dogs needed in Houghton-le-Spring


Could your dog be a lifesaver this festive period? Just one donation of blood can help to save the lives of up to four other poorly pups. Stock levels of lifesaving blood for dogs can get low over the holiday season so dogs in Houghton-Le-Spring are being asked to come forward and help their fellow canine friends by making a Christmas donation.


Pet Blood Bank UK is appealing for dogs in Houghton-Le-Spring to come forward for their next donation session at Westways Vets on Sunday 3 December. Dogs who are between the ages of 1 and 8, weigh over 25kg, and are fit, healthy, confident, and enjoy meeting new people are being asked to register at this crucial time of the year for blood stocks.


Christmas is all about doing a good deed and your dog can do something truly incredible – help save another dog’s life. Over the month of December, Pet Blood Bank sees a dip in donations as many people go away for the holidays and are busier than normal, so bringing your dog along to donate really can be the difference between life and death.


Pet Blood Bank is just like the human blood service, but for dogs. They collect blood donations from donor dogs across the UK which then go towards helping to save the lives of other dogs in need. Every donation a dog gives can help to save the lives of up to four other dogs. Dogs in Houghton-Le-Spring as well as all dogs across the UK, have access to the lifesaving blood should they ever need it, so it really is a vital service.


The donation itself only takes 5-10 minutes, but owners should expect their dogs to be with the team for around 35-40 minutes. Dogs receive a full health check from the Pet Blood Bank vet before donating and get showered with treats, fuss, and attention throughout their appointment. They even get a goody bag and toy to take home, as well as the pride of being a lifesaver.


If you are interested in registering your dog to become a lifesaver or would like to book an appointment for the donation session at Westways Vets in Houghton-Le-Spring on Sunday 3 December, please visit www.petbloodbankuk.org or call 01509 232222.

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