A BROMSGROVE family is celebrating after an emergency blood transfusion saved the life of their beloved Doberman Sasha, writes Ryan Hesketh.
Paul and Jane Kiernan faced a crisis last year when Sasha developed Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA), a life-threatening condition in which the immune system attacks the body’s red blood cells.
Following the diagnosis Sasha was hospitalised at Clent Hills Vets in Bromsgrove where she underwent intensive treatment, including a blood transfusion.
Following the transfusion Sasha began to improve and eventually returned home, however it has taken a full year for her to entirely recover and return to her energetic former self.
Blood transfusions are key to the success of many medical interventions and animal blood donation is crucial in saving the lives of pets like Sasha.
A Clents Hills Vets’ client came forward to donate her pet’s blood.
The veterinary practice is committed to raising awareness of the importance of dogs donating blood.
Donation causes no harm to the animal and thanks to anaesthetic many dogs are unaware they have even donated.
The charity Pet Blood Bank (PBB) collects and stores canine blood nationally for use in veterinary interventions and are always appealing for more donors.
Call PBB on 01509 232222 to find out more or to locate your nearest donation opportunity.