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 .

Canine Blood Heroes and its incredible Donors - the real Heroes - are saving the lives of local Several dog breeds are good candidates to be blood donors (if they are universal donors -- determined by blood typing)

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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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Their precious donation can save countless lives, they are the true heros of the canine world ! To help with this need, many veterinary clinics have set up volunteer donor programmes where dogs can be tested, and if they meet certain criteria, can donate a safe amount of blood once every 4-8 weeks.

Loving arms encircle this blood donor during the blood draw, while another veterinary technician keeps the treats coming. "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

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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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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Taking a blood donation from a dog . If you are curious about the actual blood donation process you may find this article helpful. Collection time is usually about 10 minutes for a full bag and varies from donor to donor .

In honor of National Blood Donor Month, DoveLewis is asking dog owners to volunteer their dogs as blood donors . Canine blood donors must meet a few basic requirements, including: • 1-6 years old.

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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