Through the year we have welcomed new members to our family, celebrated with our clients and their pets, and been awarded the Heart of Pet Blood Bank Award as best host practice.
We are looking forward to what this year will bring !
Pets travelling into the EU before 29th March 2019 can do so under the current Pet Passport scheme and will be able to return to the UK as before.
HOWEVER, if there is a “no-deal” Brexit, pets will still be able to travel to the EU but with further restrictions:
- Pets will require an injection against rabies
- Pets will then need to have a blood test to confirm that they have produced antibodies against rabies. THIS BLOOD TEST MUST BE CARRIED OUT AT LEAST 30 DAYS AFTER THE VACCINATION INJECTION
- Pets will NOT be able to travel for at least 3 MONTHS after the BLOOD TEST WAS TAKEN
Further details can be found at gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
Finn is now nine years old and started donating in 2014. Over his thirteen visits, Finn has donated a total of approximately 5,850ml of blood to help save his canine friends from illness and injuries. On his retirement day, he was presented with a jar of yummy treats and a certificate to thank him for his hard work. Enjoy your retirement Finn!
We can’t thank our Pet Blood Bank donors and their owners enough, without their help we wouldn’t be able to help Pet Blood Bank continue to do their amazing work.
Could your dog be a blood donor like Finn?
Just like humans, dogs have different blood types. In the UK we test for DEA 1 Negative and Positive. With only 30% of our donors being a Negative blood type, it is challenging to maintain enough stock. Certain breeds are more likely to be negative such as: Dobermanns, Greyhounds, Boxers, German Shepherds, Flat-Coat Retrievers, Airedale Terriers, Weimaraners, Lurchers, American Bulldogs, English Pointers and English Bull Terriers.
The criteria for donor dogs is below:
- Fit and healthy
- Between one and eight years old
- Weigh more than 25kg
- Have a good temperament
- Have never travelled abroad
- Not on any medication
The majority of vets during this time of year will treat a number of pets for eating items that are toxic for them. With chocolate remaining top of the list of ingested ingredients.
Cats have also been reported to be seen over this time also for cases of antifreeze poisoning and seasonal plant poisoning such as poinsettia, lilies and mistletoe.
It is also a good idea to be careful of festive decorations around our houses like tinsel and fairy lights as these can be hazards to both our cats and dogs.
Some ideas for a hazard-free Christmas with your pets:
- Must sure your pet does not have access to those festive decorations without your supervision – these items can be very appealing to our pets but can cause seriously harm is broken, chewed or swallowed.
- Give your pet toys not treats – too many of those yummy treats your pet enjoys will lead to obesity which can have detrimental effects on their health so why not consider a new toy to keep them active and in shape.
- Poison protection – make sure those festive treats are out of reach that can contain ingredients that are harmful to our pets including chocolate, sweets, raisins, xylitol, nuts, grapes or liquorice. As well as festive decorations and seasonal plants as poinsettia, holly and mistletoe.
- Make sure you know where your local veterinary is over this time. Sometimes accidents and emergencies may still occur, therefore be aware of your vet’s emergency cover provision and opening hours.
Milton Keynes Veterinary Group held their first Pet Blood Bank session in June 2016, and in December 2018 just held their 11th Pet Blood donation day. In total, they have collected approximately 138 units of blood over the last 3 years, helping to save up to 552 canine lives!
Jess McCarthy, Pet Blood Bank organiser in the practice, would like to thank all the canine donors and their owners that attend our Milton Keynes Veterinary Group donation days. Without them, Pet Blood Bank cannot carry on doing the amazing work they do and she can’t thank them enough!
Pet Blood Bank UK said “Since Milton Keynes Veterinary Group joined as a host venue nearly three years ago, the practice has worked tirelessly to promote Pet Blood Bank. The team at the practice are an absolute pleasure to work with and our team always look forward to the session. They really go above and beyond to make the sessions a great experience for our donors.”
To find out more about Pet Blood Bank, please visit www.petbloodbankuk.org