Staffordshire veterinary practice Shires Vets are appealing to dog owners to offer their pets as life-saving canine blood donors.

Thanks to developments in veterinary science, there is an ever-growing demand for dog blood to support an increasing number of procedures.

As blood has a ‘shelf-life’ of just six weeks, there is a constant need to replenish critical supplies.

Shires Vets, which has practices at Eccleshall, Stone, Gnosall, Loggerheads and Eaton Park, is urging the owners of existing donor dogs to make an appointment to give blood at the Stone surgery on Wednesday, September 20, from noon.

Owners of potential new donors can make an appointment for a blood test, the results of which will be filed and their dog called in to give blood at a future date.

The ideal donor is healthy, of quiet temperament, under eight years old, fully vaccinated and weighing over 25kg. Dogs volunteers will each receive a goodie bag.

The testing is being carried out in conjunction with the national charity Pet Blood Bank UK. To book an appointment, visit or call the Stone surgery on 01785 813955.

For more information on Shires Vets, visit