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Health & Fitness Stumpy the Labrador tops the canine charts for dog blood donors and has saved more than 100 lives

01:10  05 february  2020
01:10  05 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Canine blood banks provide a life - saving resource, but there has been controversy about some operations. Dog blood banks are much like people blood banks. Donors are screened, the blood is typed, and sometimes there’s a shortage. While there’s no centralized canine blood bank for dogs

Bramble, the doggy blood donor who's saved 100 lives and just like humans, he She signed him up to give blood after seeing a notice appealing for donors in her local Vets 4 Pets However, chihuahuas and cocker spaniels need not apply, as only canines weighing 55lb or more — ie, at least

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Stumpy the Labrador has become a canine champion after topping the list of dog blood donors.

He has helped to save the lives of up to 120 others dogs as a result of his blood donations.

And after making his 30th, he has become Pet Blood Bank UK's highest donating dog.

Owner Elly Pittaway said: "I'm really pleased Stumpy been able to help so many other dogs in this way and am so proud of him.

"I'm sure if he knew, he'd feel the same way too."

Stumpy, a Labrador from Coventry, has just become Pet Blood Bank UK's highest ever donating dog (Photo: Pet Blood Bank UK)

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Adorable labrador raisin has saved the lives of eight other dogs . The cute pooch named Raisin was crowned Blood Donor of the Year by the Royal Veterinary College for saving the lives of other pets. He was signed up to the programme by his mistress Ann Fort after she needed a number of

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Stumpy was originally bred to be a guide dog but because he was born with deformed legs he was retired from the programme.

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We are often reminded about the need for more UK blood donors but did you know that your pets can donate blood too? The actual donation process usually takes less than 10 minutes and is simple and painless. There is a real need for generous dogs and owners to come forward and help save lives .

Every day dogs just like yours need blood transfusions. For many procedures a transfusion is a clinical necessity, without dog blood donors , veterinary surgeons could not undertake important and often life - saving operations. You can help, there’s always a need for donors like your own dog !

Instead the Labrador, who lives with his vet owner in Coventry, has been a dedicated donor even cutting short family holidays to give blood.

But he is about to turn nine and retire from donations.

So Pet Blood Bank UK is appealing for more dogs to follow in Stumpy's impressive pawprints.

Stumpy had a negative blood type, which meant his blood could be given to any dog in an emergency.

Breeds of dog the charity is particularly looking for, which are more likely to have negative blood type, include: German Shepherds, Dobermanns, Flat Coated Retrievers, Pointers, Greyhounds, Lurchers, Boxers, Old English Sheepdogs, and Weimaraners.

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Stumpy on the beach about to enjoy his retirement after his 30th donation (Photo: Pet Blood Bank UK)

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Some dogs have darker stool than others, depending on diet and other factors. If it looks darker than normal Blood in dog stool is a symptom of a wide range of conditions. Some are more serious than others Getting your pet immediate medical attention can be the difference between life and death.

Donor dogs receive a year's supply of preventative medicines for heartworm, flea and tick diseases -- in Transfusions may be necessary for dogs with the disease. What about when cats need blood ? A wrong match could've been deadly. A black Labrador Retriever stepped in as a donor , and the

Helping canine pals

Every donation can help to save the lives of up to four other dogs.

To become a donor, dogs must weigh more than 25kg, be aged 1 and 8 and be fit and healthy.

Like the human blood service, Pet Blood Bank UK collects blood from canine donors at organised donation sessions nationwide, on average four to five sessions a week.

The blood is then processed into packed red blood cells and fresh plasma, and delivered to veterinary practices when they need it most.

If a dog is too small to donate, there are still plenty of other ways to get involved with the charity, including fundraising and volunteering.

www.petbloodbankuk.org

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