Ruby's Tuesday...

Posted by on 1 May 2017 | Comments

Ruby’s Tuesday...

Ruby is a bit of a superstar—not only is she a gorgeous and loving dog, she also had a starring role in an advertising campaign for Virgin! Her Tuesday was well and truly spoiled when her owners noticed that she was becoming very unwell following a failed pregnancy. She was rushed to our emergency service where it was discovered that she was jaundiced (yellow tinge to her skin) and pale, and when the vets tested her blood she had dangerously low levels of red blood cells making her severely anaemic. She was at 12%, when normal would be 35-50%.

Ruby had developed IMHA—Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia—a condition where her own immune system was destroying her red blood cells. This is an extremely serious condition which can be fatal. Ruby needed a blood transfusion quickly. Vets Now called the Pet Blood Bank who delivered blood to the practice for a transfusion by courier within a few hours. With intensive monitoring and care Ruby soon started to improve and she was started on steroids to stop her immune system from attacking her red blood cells.

With regular check ups she is now doing really well and making a full recovery. Ruby’s survival was made possible by the blood she received, which had been donated to Pet Blood Bank by one of the many donor dogs around the UK (like Harry, our Hero Dog overleaf). We hold regular collection sessions at Blue House throughout the year, so if you have a fit and healthy dog over 25kg in weight, aged between 1 and 8 years and with a good temperament, your dog could be a lifesaver too! Ask us for more details or look at www.petbloodbankuk.org