Posted 2 months ago ago
Nobody wants to their dog to develop a life-threatening illness – but sadly this became reality for an Edinburgh owner after her rescue dog ended up in intensive care.
Carmen, a Spaniel cross, was admitted to Dick Vet Hospital for Small Animals, in Edinburgh, after suddenly becoming very ill.
She was immediately taken to the ICU where it was discovered her immune system had started to attack her own red blood cells, a condition called Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA).
Thankfully for Carmen, an ex-racing greyhound came to her rescue with a vital blood donation.
She was given two blood transfusions, giving her red blood cell count a boost, allowing the medications to suppress her immune system and stablise her blood cell count.
Owner Susan Campbell is a vet nurse and phlebotomist and has experienced in both taking blood and administering transfusions - but this didn’t make her any more prepared for what happened to her beloved Carmen.
As well as Carmen, Susan has another dog, Fender, who is a blood donor.
However, he was unable to help out his sister in hospital as he has already giving a full donation that month, that is where seven-year-old greyhound Dave stepped in, along with four-year-old German Shepherd Ruby.
Dave’s owner Claire Harris said: “Dave is an ex-racing greyhound. We have had him for four years and he is a fantastic companion.
“He’s an ambassador for the Retired Greyhounds South Lakes and loves people. I am a veterinary nurse so he helps out with nursing practical’s at my work as well as pet first aid courses.
“He was nearly qualified as a Pets as Therapy dog just as we went into the first lockdown!
“He is on donation number eight with Pet Blood Bank but has donated twice at work when we have had a patient in need of a transfusion as well.
“He is super friendly and really enjoys his sessions with Pet Blood Bank as he gets lots of treats and fuss.”
To Ruby and Dave’s owners, Susan said: "The effort you made to bring your dog along to a Pet Blood Bank donation session meant that they could send a unit of packed red blood cells to the Dick Vet which helped to save Carmen's life.
"You and your dog are fabulous, and my family and I are extremely grateful that you take the time to support the vital work of this charity.
“Obviously my thanks also go to the collection, processing, admin, and courier teams at Pet Blood Bank who ensured Dick Vet had blood in stock for Carmen's hour of need! Keep up the good work. You are all amazing and play your part in saving lives.”
Following the transfusions, Carmen was able to return home to continue her recovery in the company of her loving family.