Kirkcaldy’s first canine blood donor session a big hit

Rottweiler sisters Fluffi and Boo who gave blood, with owners Laura Handy and Kelly Sobota. Pic: Ian Paterson
Rottweiler sisters Fluffi and Boo who gave blood, with owners Laura Handy and Kelly Sobota. Pic: Ian Paterson
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A Kirkcaldy vets has become the first in Scotland to host a dog blood donor clinic.

St Clair Veterinary Group held the canine blood donation session on its Pottery Street premises last weekend. And organisers were delighted with the turnout.

Run in conjunction with the national Pet Blood Bank charity, a team of six experts spent Sunday collecting blood from healthy doggie donors. The session ran from 11.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. and at the end of the day a total of 16 units of blood had been collected from 20 dogs.

With one unit having the potential to save four dog’s lives, that session alone could offer lifesaving transfusions for up to 64 dogs.

Before donating blood the dogs were given a full health check by a qualified vet.

Jan Dixon, veterinary surgeon for the Scottish blood donor team, said: “We were very excited to operate from a new site and open up the possibility of becoming a blood donor to a whole new population of dogs and their owners. Anyone interested can contact www.petbloodbankuk.org.”

Ian Paterson, a director of the practice, added: “We were delighted to help and hopefully this will become a regular event. We have used these blood products in emergency situations and there’s no doubt that without them, the dogs concerned would have died.”

Rottweiler sisters Fluffi and Boo were first to donate on Sunday and have already signed up for the next session.