An­i­mal blood bank needs donors

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Laura Pond

THERE is some­thing spe­cial about dogs Pep­per, So­phie and Felice.

Along with their shared happy faces, sweet na­tures and waggy tails, they each help to save the lives of other dogs.

The trio reg­u­larly do­nate blood to the An­i­mal Blood Bank in Os­borne Park, a not-for-profit pro­gram within Perth Ve­teri­nary Spe­cial­ists (PVS) and An­i­mal Emer­gency Care.

They are among 30 ca­nine and 13 fe­line reg­u­lar donors, but the bank is des­per­ately in need of more.

Nurse man­ager Colleen Man­dris said dur­ing Oc­to­ber, the clinic per­formed 10 dog and two cat blood trans­fu­sions, more than dou­ble the usual.

Trans­fu­sions are of­ten needed for pets with anaemia, which can hap­pen from be­ing in­volved in traf­fic ac­ci­dents, rup­tured tumours, in­ges­tion of rat poi­son, kid­ney or liver fail­ure and in­fec­tions, and can also be re­quired dur­ing or be­fore surgery.

Felice’s owner Kylie Warnock said her pre­vi­ous res­cue dog needed blood but she had never thought about where the blood came from.

“We come up when we’re called and it’s just a nice way of help­ing out,” she said. “I think it’s a great idea and I wish there was more un­der­stand­ing and aware­ness.”

Pep­per’s owner Cal­lum Daniels and So­phie’s owner Poh Teng both had dogs who re­quired blood so were in­spired to give back.

“Our last dog was al­ways at PVS; she ate cho­co­late, she got into fights, she had to do chemo­ther­apy be­cause she had can­cer and af­ter that she had chronic re­nal fail­ure,” Ms Teng said. “Af­ter she passed, we got an­other grey­hound and we just thought we wanted to give back to a place that gave us a lot of help.

“I think she likes to go be­cause she gets lots of at­ten­tion.”

Ms Man­dris said pets were se­dated be­fore blood do­na­tion and sent home with a goody bag of treats.

“We try to make it as pleas­ant an ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble,” she said.

To help, email blood­bank@perthvet­spe­cial­ists.com.au.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488080

Ve­teri­nary nurse man­ager and blood bank co-or­di­na­tor Colleen Madris with Cal­lum Daniels and Pep­per, Poh Teng and So­phie, and Kylie Warnock with Felice.

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