our service concept, beginning.
The idea of creating a national blood donor database for pets came about after a nine year old Golden Retriever, Abi was
diagnosed with auto-immune haemolytic anaemia. This is a disease in which the dog's own immune system attacks and destroys
the red cells in the blood which if untreated will eventually result in death.
Realising the seriousness of her condition Diana, Abi's owner and vet immediately attempted to locate a blood donor or
oxyglobin (a blood substitute) supplier.
Both were unsuccessful so it was decided to transfer Abi to Davies Veterinary Specialists, a specialist veterinary hospital
for further treatment. Abi went along with three other Golden Retrievers belonging to the household. When tested they
found, fortunately that all three had the same blood type as Abi.
Within hours Abi received her first transfusion.
The treatment continued for eight days, three transfusions in all. Along with medication, the blood donation worked. Abi
returned home two weeks later and as of July 2006 is doing very well!
There is little doubt that without the second and third transfusion Abi would not have recovered. Diana is so thankful
that she had the use of her own dogs to save Abi's life. Not everyone is that lucky. Everyday vets face the problem of
finding suitable animal blood donors.
With this in mind Diana approached Dr. Clive Elwood with a proposal for a national animal blood donor scheme. As head
of the internal medicine service at Davies Veterinary Specialists Clive has first hand experience of the difficulties
facing vets in need of animal blood donations.
Clive is also responsible for www.vetspecialists.co.uk, the
company website. His understanding of what is possible with the internet combined with his clinical experience places
him in a unique position. With Clive's supervision the Animal Blood Register was created as a free to use resource, helping
vets find animal blood donations.
Above: from the left: Diana, Pringle, Jordan, Abi , Cameo and Clive.