ONE of the area’s largest vet surgeries, at Kirton, is holding blood donor sessions for dogs and special geriatric clinics to give older pets a health MOT.
Elwood and Briggs, with its eight vets and 25 support staff, has the resources to take an active part in preventative medicine for pets, much as the NHS does for people.
And while unlike the NHS the patients’ owners have to pay, the cost of ongoing care can be spread at a discount through insurance plans.
If you’re a dog lover in the wider sense and your pet dog fits the criteria (is healthy, good-tempered, aged one to eight, up to date with vaccinations, hasn’t been abroad and weighs 25kg or above - no Yorkshire terriers need apply) you could take it to the next blood donor session on May 5.
You will need to ring the surgery on 01205 722696 to register your pet for the National Pet Blood Bank, so its blood can help to save the lives of other dogs.
Elwood and Briggs practice manager Margaret Royce said: “We are concerned with the everyday health of pets, which is why we offer a total health check package for geriatric dogs and cats at a half price discount.
“Older animals can have symptoms lurking of conditions which can be treated if picked up early.”