It has been over 17 years since we had our first canine blood donor, Lottie, at Holmer Vet Surgery. Since then we have been fortunate to have a number of owners generously offer for us to use their dogs as donors. Once again some of the donors on our list are now getting to an age where they must be retired from donating, so we are literally looking for new young blood. Dogs who are suitable to donate are large breed adult dogs (27Kg or more, healthy weight), they must be in good health, fully vaccinated, have recieved regular antiparasitic treatment, they must have a calm temperament, and must not have travelled outside the UK. It is also important that their owners are, for the most part, readily available and willing to be contacted, day or night, as and when their dog is needed. If you think your dog would be a suitable donor, based on these criteria, please contact the surgery to arrange to speak to Rachel the vet. Potential donor dogs will receive a free vet check and blood typing. Blood donors save lives and we thank all our past and future canine donors who have made, and are yet to make, a huge difference to the lives of others.