Vet hounds for donor dogs

By Felicity Caldwell

BLOOD donors are hard to find, but imagine sourcing a life-saving donor for your dog within a matter of minutes.

Springfield Lakes Pet and Vet veterinarian Jason Tait hopes to set up a dog blood donor database for his Springfield Lakes surgery and the Moreton Veterinary Hospital.

"You never know when that person is going to come in and you need blood," Mr Tait said.

Mr Tait said dogs needed blood transfusions when treating tumours and rat-bait poisoning.

He said freezing blood made it more susceptible to clotting so fresh blood was best.

"We run it straight out of one dog into a citrate bag - it stops it from clotting in the bag itself but still preserves those clotting factors to be used in the body," he said.

Mr Tait said dogs had different blood types but greyhounds and whippets were basically universal donors.

He said dogs rarely had reactions to their first transfusion because they were not born with antibodies, but a cross match with the two animals' blood was always performed.

MR TAIT said he needed a transfusion about a year ago for a cattle dog, Molly, who had a splenic tumour the size of a football and when removed it caused excessive bleeding.

Lyn Winter told Mr Tait she would donate her dogs' blood and arrived at his surgery within 10 minutes with three greyhounds in tow.

"It literally saves lives - Molly would have died," he said.

Call the Springfield Lakes Pet and Vet on 3818 4119.



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