Dog donors come to the rescue for Maggie

Maggie the Spaniel
Maggie the Spaniel

A lovable spaniel has been dubbed ‘a Christmas miracle’ after making it through two blood transfusions to enjoy the season with her family.

Maggie was taken to Alnorthumbria Vets in Morpeth two months ago when her owners feared she had a severe infection.

She had become increasingly withdrawn and had dark brown urine, and after a thorough examination vet Sara Sampson discovered the dog was suffering from life-threatening Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia, where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own red blood cells.

Dr Sampson raced home to collect her seven-year-old labrador Odin to act as a blood donor, and within an hour of the transfusion, Maggie’s cheeky, affectionate character started to shine through.

She went from strength to strength over the next 36 hours, but again her blood count dipped to a dangerous level.

This time another vet’s Newfoundland, Hudson, came to the rescue and Maggie had a second transfusion.

After eight days she was strong enough to return home with medication.

Dr Sampson said: “This is a Hollywood-style against all odds tale featuring three heroic dogs and a great veterinary team that all rallied round to make sure one very brave spaniel made it to Christmas.

“We all look forward to her monthly visits to check her blood count, and are happy she is back with her loving family, getting ready for Christmas.”

For information about dog blood donors call 01670 505321.