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Matylda becomes Pet Blood Bank UK's 8000th blood donor

Four-year-old Matylda has earned a belly rub after becoming Pet Blood Bank UK's (PBB) 8000th donor.

The Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer attended a donation session at Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital with her owner Nikki who was delighted with the news.

Nikki has had Matylda since she was a puppy. At just nine weeks old Matylda had an accident and her right eye had to be removed, but this hasn't affected Matylda's enthusiasm for life as she continues to bound around the countryside.

Nikki explains, "You can imagine my distress when she had her accident but our vet at Chipping Norton was fabulous. To this day, she prances in tail wagging, to enthusiastically say hello to everyone. She didn't let the accident bring her down and the cry 'mind your knees!' is often heard as she turns on a sixpence and crashes into folk on her blind side. Hopefully one day, I'll get her to walk beside me, not ahead and in lookout mode!

"Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer's were developed to hunt wild boar so unsurprisingly Matylda is quite at home in the mud and has endless stamina and fortitude. However, she does enjoy sleeping in front of the log fire with her legs in the air and a blanket in her mouth!"

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Pet blood donation

PBB is the only charity that provides a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practitioners across the UK and holds an average of 4-5 sessions per week. With over 1,000 dogs needing a transfusion last year, the charity is always in need of doggie donors to help save the lives of their fellow canines.

Nikki adds, "The blood donation process was really straightforward after her considerable 33kg was lifted onto the donation table! The team were great with her and we’re looking forward to coming along in three months’ time."

To become a PBB donor dogs need to meet the following criteria:

  • Fit and healthy
  • Between one and 8 years old
  • Weigh more than 25kg
  • Have a good temperament
  • Have never travelled abroad
  • Vaccinated
  • Not on any medication

PBB is particularly looking for (but not exclusively) donors of typically negative blood type breeds; including Dobermans, Greyhounds, Boxers, German Shepherds, Flat Coated Retrievers, Airedale Terriers, Weimaraners, Lurchers, American Bulldogs, Pointer (English), English Bull Terriers and Mastiffs (various breeds).

For more details about the charity and how to register, call 01509 232 222 or visit their website.