Leeds pooches are blood donors

TASTY TREAT: Marley settles down to a snack after his blood donor session. PIC: Tony Johnson
TASTY TREAT: Marley settles down to a snack after his blood donor session. PIC: Tony Johnson
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It’s a dog’s life ... but Marley has done his bit for his fellow canines.

The Labrador has become the first member of Leeds’ new legion of dog blood donors – healthy hounds helping to save the lives of poorly pooches across the country.

Vets4Pets in Bramley is hosting its first canine blood drive next month in aid of Pet Blood Bank UK.

The charity holds thousands of pints of canine blood and can courier it across the country to vet surgeries and animal hospitals.

Last year it collected more than 1,500 units of blood. A pint of blood can save the lives of up to four dogs.

Clare Renwick, practice manager at Vets4Pets Bramley, said that in the past year the practice treated six pets that needed transfusions.

After seeing the success of the transfusions, many pet owners also asked how their dog could become a donor, she said,

Mrs Renwick said: “A pet blood donor day is a charitable blood drive just like the kind humans attend.

“As well as being able to brag to all their doggie friends about being a hero, each donor is provided with a full haematology and biochemistry profile - and some well earned treats!”

Each donor dog at the event on Thursday, February 16 will give one pint of blood, with sessions lasting around 10 or 15 minutes.

Mrs Renwick stressed there is no distress caused and most animals “tolerate it really well”.

Donor dogs must be fit and healthy, and up to date with vaccinations.

They should weigh more than 25 kilos, be between one and eight years old and of good temperament,

They should not have travelled abroad.

Contact Bramley Vets4Pets on (0113) 2554466.

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