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