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Health Heroes of the canine world: Meet the doggie blood donors from the bush

05:25  14 june  2018
05:25  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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They may not wear capes, but there are generous dogs all over Australia that save the lives of their canine companions with the previous gift of blood .

Lisa Goldstein, DVM. Giving the Gift of Life. It was almost closing time at our clinic when a woman ran into our waiting room screaming that she had just found a dog lying in the street who had been hit by a car. The veterinary technicians rushed the dog into the clinic on a stretcher.

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Just as humans need blood donors to access lifesaving transfusions, animals also rely on donated blood for their survival in times of need.

But in many parts of regional Australia, it can be difficult and expensive for vets to access pre-prepared blood products from animal blood banks — of which there are very few.

To tackle this hurdle, vets across Australia are relying on a few loyal animal blood donors they can call on in an emergency.

They might not wear capes, but they are the canine heroes of the bush.

Mia the Great Dane

Mia has been donating blood since September, 2016 at Knox Veterinary Clinic in Dalby.

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In human medicine, supplies of blood and blood products are available through the efforts of the National Blood Transfusion Service. This website which is free to owners and vets aims to bring dog blood donors to the attention of vets, so that lives can be saved.

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At just three years old, Mia has donated blood six times — that makes her one of the most generous dog donors in town.

Mia's first donation was to save a husky, Jenna, who had a massive haemorrhage after having puppies.

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Your dog can save the lives of other dogs by donating much needed blood at veterinary blood bank. "In fact, I'd venture to guess you've never met a dog happier to go to the 'V-E-T'!" It's important to have a consistent set of donors , because canine blood only has a shelf-life of about 30

Thanks to Mia's emergency donation, Jenna and her seven puppies all survived.

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Mia's blood has also gone towards helping dogs that have accidentally eaten mice and rat bait.

Knox vet Jenna Postle said baiting could be a big problem in farming areas, especially in winter when many farmers start to notice mice plagues on their land.

"Certainly where there are mouse plagues around, a lot of people use rodenticides to control that. We see a lot of that on farms in particular," Dr Postle said.

Dr Postle said there was no better feeling than being able to save a dog's life with blood that has been made available, thanks to these donor dogs.

"I think that is one of the reasons why most vets become vets in the first place — is to have that wonderful outcome of a treatment and it does make a huge difference really quickly," she said.

"It certainly does save lives, without a doubt, and saving a dog's life is a good day."

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Dog blood donors save lives. And one day, it might be your dog that needs a life-saving blood transfusion. If your dog meets the above requirements, speak to your vet today about the location of your nearest donation center. Could your best buddy become a canine hero ?

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Turbo and CC

Brother and sister duo, Turbo and CC, are also on the Knox Veterinary donations list.

They haven't had to be called in to donate blood yet, but they're ready to go when they're needed.

Their owner, Roslyn Beaver, said it was an easy decision to put them on the donor list so they could potentially save other dogs' lives.

"We're just waiting for the call to say come in and donate some blood, so they can help some other animals," she said.

"Because they're big dogs, the vet asked if we would be prepared to go on the donor list and I said, what a great idea."

Roslyn's son, Lachie, considered his dogs heroes.

"I reckon my dogs are heroes because they save the lives of other dogs when they need it," he said.

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