Our dog photo comp!

14 Oct

The winner of our photo competition is Kristina W… her photo of her dog gathered the most likes! What an adorable dog.

Check out all of our other great entries

Did you know that there are rewards for donating blood?

12 Oct

Many vets and animal clinics offer rewards for dogs that donate blood…

Some of the rewards that some places offer include…

-       Bags of food and treats

-       Free checkups

-       Free vaccinations

-       Flee, tick and Heart worm prevention tablets

-       Free blood tests

-       Doggie goodie bags

-       The main incentive though – saving the life of another dog!

Enquire with your local vet or animal hospital to learn what they offer.

Why do dogs need blood transfusions?

11 Oct

Just like humans, dogs require blood transfusions when they are sick or injured.

So… what are some of the reasons dogs require blood?

-       Hemorrhaging

-       Chronic anemia

-       Blood disorders

-       Poisoning requiring blood flushing (snake bites, eating poison)

-       Accidents which result in blood loss

-       Blood clotting

-       Septic shock

-       Kidney or liver failure

-       Low protein levels

Molly (left) saved Mo’s life after he ate rat poison by donating blood for a blood transfusion.

The story of Mo & Molly is here

 

Police dogs donate blood too.

9 Oct

“Not only do police dogs fight crime, they now also donate their blood to save other dogs lives.”

Mechelle Sahyoun, Puppy Raising Coordinator, SPG Dog Unit

Channel 9 looks at police dogs donating blood. 

This article from Police Monthly talks about how one of the dog squad dogs was saved by a blood transfusion and how this experience encouraged the Police Dog Squad to become regular donors

The NSW Police Dog squad usually have some of their dogs drop into SASH animal hospital to donate blood – Sometimes that blood may even save the life of one of their fellow police dogs. This great article and video from The Sydney Morning Herald, takes a look at how NSW’s Police Dog Squad is going beyond its duty by donating blood to SASH – an animal hospital in Ryde, Sydney. 

NSW police dog donating blood at SASH in Sydney.

Many retired greyhounds donate blood

8 Oct

Greyhounds have become some of the best blood donors, saving many of their furry friends lives.

The fact they have a universal blood type, which means their blood can help any breed of dog, a beautiful and calm nature and a long neck. These features make them perfect blood donors.

Here are some great articles on Greyhound donors

This greyhound Big Hurley saved the life of this little puppy buddy after a blood transfusion

Dogs saving the lives of their fellow canines

7 Oct

Check out this great story on Mitzy who ate rat poisoning and required a blood transfusion to save her life and the great dogs that saved her life at the Animal Adelaide Hospital.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/05/28/2912656.htm?site=darwin#.UGjvSMF3dtw.twitter

Reasons for a blood transfusion…

5 Oct

Just like humans, dogs are involved in accidents or have diseases and health problems that require blood transfusions.

Here is a great story of how a blood transfusion saved one of the NSW police squad dogs – http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/231749/Dog_Squad_become_blood_donors.pdf

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