A Labrador has been announced as Scotland’s number one blood donor dog, having donated 20 units of blood and proving a vital component in veterinary care.
Zephyr, the winning pooch, has saved the lives of several dogs through his donations, which vets rely upon as medical care advances.
The news comes shortly after the Pet Blood Bank issued warnings of a national blood shortage, sparking fears that animals would suffer is the state of blood donations continues.
Currently, around 5,000 dogs across the UK require blood transfusions every year, with current supplies not matching demand.
The Pet Blood Bank charity is responsible for collecting and distributing animal blood across the UK…
Having launched in 2007, the Pet Blood Bank has over 9,000 registered donors across the UK, with the charity providing a canine blood bank service for all veterinary practitioners across the country.
In the past year, they collected almost 3,000 units of blood and dispatched over 5,000 blood products to vets across the county.
One unit of blood can save up to four dogs’ lives, meaning that Zephyr’s donations could have saved the lives of up to 80 dogs.
Speaking of her pride in her dog’s achievement, owner Fiona Gray, from Broughty Ferry, Dundee, has said:
“I was a blood donor myself but I was diagnosed with a medical condition that meant I couldn’t do it any more.
The donating process itself probably doesn’t take much more than 10 minutes. All of my dogs absolutely love it. They go straight in, jump up on the bed and wait for their biscuit.
Unlike human blood donations where you have to wait till the end of the session to get your tea and biscuits, the dogs get theirs right away.
They get fed from the minute they go in to the minute they leave. And because they are gun dogs and I don’t really give them biscuits at home, they make the most of it. They know where they’re going and they want their little treats.”
In order to donate blood, dogs must be fit and healthy, between one and 8 years old and weigh more than 25kg.
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