Penny is an 8 year old Poodle who never turns down a meal. When she suddenly turned down her breakfast – Penny’s family knew something serious was wrong. Tests showed that Penny had developed life-threatening anaemia and her immune system was destroying her own blood cells in a condition called immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA). Penny needed 5 blood transfusions across 6 days just to keep her alive and her need for blood did not show signs of slowing down.
Penny’s treatments removed immune components attacking her blood cells. She was quite sick and tired when she started her treatments but was feeling well enough to start eating during her second treatment (the first time in days!). Her blood was clearer after each treatment as well. Penny is now back to eating everything and continuing her treatment at home while slowly reducing her medications.
Penny says a HUGE THANK YOU to all the dogs who donate blood to SASH regularly for saving her life. If you have or know a friend with a healthy dog over 17kg between 1-7 years of age, please have them email email@example.com to register interest in becoming a blood donor!
Donors must be up to date with vaccinations, not taking any medications (other than parasite control) and have never received a blood or plasma transfusion themselves. As a thank you – they will receive a physical examination, 14kg bag of Royal Canin dog food and full bloodwork (required to assess suitability as a donor).