Dogs helping us to save lives

Look who came in for her check up – isn’t she looking great after her recent blood transfusion.

Some of you may have seen our recent video on our facebook page starring Ruby and her blood donor Beamish. Ruby is two and a half years old and she was very ill when she was brought into us. She couldn’t stand up and could barely wag her tail.

She had a disease called Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs.  This is where the body starts to break down its own red blood cells. The immune system gets over stimulated and thinks that the red blood cells are something foreign like a virus and it starts to break them down.

Picture of Ruby at the Animal Care Hospital Douglas


Ruby was incredibly ill. She was in critical care here with us for a few days. On Saturday evening our vet Orlaith was very worried about her because her red blood cell levels had fallen to 10. They should in the range of 40 to 50.

So we had an exciting evening here on Saturday evening when we had a blood transfusion. Orlaith’s dog Beamish was brought in and donated a pint of her blood. Ruby and Beamish are connected for life. It’s only through this blood transfusion that we were able to save Ruby’s life and get her back home to her family.

Ruby is doing really well now as you can see from this picture.

We are now looking for new blood donors. We have used Beamish for this transfusion and cannot use her for another six months.

The perfect donor would be a young, healthy dog between the ages of 2 and 6 weighing over 25 kilos – about the size of a Labrador or a Sight hound.

If you have a dog that matches this description and you would like to help us save a life, please give us a call at the clinic to find out more.

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