A huge thank you to Fergus the Super Dog!

July 16 / 184

Veteran blood donor and all-round champion Fergus Meekings
Veteran blood donor and all-round champion Fergus Meekings

Staff at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital are honoring the contribution of Fergus the Super Dog – a seven-year-old German Wirehaired Pointer who recently donated blood to the Canine Blood Bank for the fifth and final time.

Blood Donor Program Coordinator June Allison says five donations means Fergus has potentially helped 15 individual dogs through illness or surgery, as just one pint of his blood is processed into three separate blood products.

“Fergus is one of our veteran donors and totally at ease with the procedure,” she says. “He happily comes in, lies down and stays comfortably in position during the entire collection!

“Unfortunately Fergus is about to turn eight years old which means this incredible donor dog will be retiring from the program – so we desperately need to get new donors on board,” Ms Allison says.

“Eligible donors must be 25 kilograms or over, fully vaccinated and regularly wormed, aged between 1-7 years, have never received a blood transfusion, have a known history of good health and known travel history,” she says.

“Each donation can take approximately 20-30 minutes, which is why donor dogs also need to be of calm temperament."

A maximum of four donations each year are needed from eligible hounds, who are rewarded with free blood tests and veterinary examinations and take-home treats and food.

More information and a Blood Donor Enquiry web form is online here.

Story by Katherine Smith.



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