Blood donated by a dog saved the life of a desperately ill Border collie who lives more than 200 miles away.
Casey the collie developed a dangerous disorder called immune-mediated hemolytic anemia after cutting her paw on a woodland walk near her home in Halifax, Yorkshire.
She was saved thanks to a donation of blood given to the Pet Blood Bank by Ishka, a Retriever Labrador cross from Port Seton, East Lothian.
Casey’s owner Frances Wright said: “Without PBB and their donors, I wouldn’t have Casey by my side today.
“Casey is now doing really, really well. She was always precious but with everything that has happened, she is now even more precious.
“We will be eternally grateful for the service PBB provide and to Casey’s donor.”
When four-year-old Casey took sick, tests found she was suffering from IMHA, which saw her body attacking her healthy red blood cells.
It took 10 months of specialist care to restore her health.
Three-year-old Ishka has donated blood four times and each donation can help save the lives of up to four dogs.
Her owner Carol McWatt said: “We were so pleased to hear that Ishka’s donation had helped save another dog’s life.
“It’s when you are told about situations like this that you are reminded of just how important donations are.
“Registering your dog as a potential donor is so worthwhile.
“The PBB staff are so helpful and good with the dogs, always ensuring that the donor is happy and relaxed in the donation process.
“Ishka is very placid but a smart cookie.
“The minute she gets to the donation session, she knows she will be spoilt with treats and fusses.”
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