Harriet Potter, vet at McMurtry and Harding, introduces their Pet Hero of the Month.
THIS month the pet that has gone above and beyond the call of duty is Maisie, a loving black Labrador. Fortunately she isn't a poorly pet; instead she saved a life.
Last week, Maisie's owner had an emergency call from McMurtry and Harding as she was one of the dogs on our blood donor register.
She met all the requirements: healthy, fully vaccinated, not on medication, less than 25kg (but not overweight), between one and eight years old and had not travelled outside the UK.
We had to call Maisie in to be a donor because Taff, a very sick Border Collie, had eaten rat poison. Taff's blood wouldn't clot, and his blood count was very low. Without receiving Maisie's blood, Taff could have died.
Incredibly this isn't the first time Maisie had given blood. She was so well behaved it only took a few minutes, and she was back to eating her grub shortly after.
Thanks to Maisie, Taff's condition markedly improved over the next 24 hours and he was able to walk out of the practice the next day, a huge improvement considering he had arrived collapsed and unable to stand!
It is worth noting how toxic rat poison is to dogs, and how life-threatening the condition can be. The signs aren't seen immediately and it can be a few days before you notice anything is wrong.
If you are suspicious that your pet has eaten rat poison, then take them to your vet as soon as possible. The sooner we see them the more successful treatment is.
However, in cases where ingestion of the poison isn't noticed, the symptoms that might be seen include depression and being off food followed by difficultly breathing, collapse and bleeding.
This is how Taff appeared when he was brought in and without Maisie the outcome could have been very different. On behalf of everyone at the practice plus Taff and his owners, we'd like to say a big thank you to Maisie.
If you think your dog could be a hero by joining the blood donor register then give us a call on 01335 342227.