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Attitudes of dog owners in Edinburgh towards canine blood donation
  1. Linda Wang and
  2. Pamela J Murison
  1. Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  1. Correspondence to Linda Wang;{at}
  • Present affiliation The present affiliation of Linda Wang is: Purton Vets, Swindon, United Kingdom

  • Present affiliation The present affiliation of Pamela J Murison is: School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom


The establishment of animal blood banks following legislative changes in the UK in 2005 has led to increasing accessibility and use of animal blood products. However, the supply of animal blood is currently not meeting demand. This study aims to identify potential methods of increasing donor recruitment to meet this demand. A questionnaire was constructed, consisting of three sections designed to evaluate owner perceptions, identify incentives for donation and to obtain demographic data. Seventy-nine responses were included, 76 of which were previous non-donors. The top three reasons for not donating in this group were uncertainty over where to donate, veterinarians not expressing the need for donors and lack of awareness. Considering these results, one method of potentially increasing donor recruitment is encouraging more veterinarians to actively advertise local donor programmes. Emphasising the mandatory inclusion of a free annual health check in the donor process may also be helpful as many respondents rated this highly. It is the authors’ hope that this preliminary data may lead to increased willingness of owners to nominate their dogs for donation by guiding the provision of appropriate incentives and education to quell owner concerns as highlighted by this study.

  • canine
  • blood transfusion
  • donation
  • owner perception
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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval This study was approved by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies' Human Participants Ethical Review Committee (HERC) on 4th October 2016 (reference HERC_40_16).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.

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