FOUR PAWED HERO: Kirstin Widderick and Lee Mclean with donor dog Diva.
FOUR PAWED HERO: Kirstin Widderick and Lee Mclean with donor dog Diva. Liana Walker

Stanthorpe vets need life-saving dogs

AT 11pm one night, vet Kirstin Widderick received a call to a six week old puppy who looked like he would not survive the morning.

That puppy was lucky Ms Widderick by chance had brought along her own dog to the job as she was able to perform a blood transfusion and save his life.

That same puppy, now eight months old, doubled in size within weeks and is healthy as ever thanks to the blood donation.

It's a common story for Stanthorpe Vet Care, only made possible by the staff using their own pets for blood transfusions.

But with a three month recovery period and a need for transfusions every 6-8 weeks, the vets are looking to start a dog donor registry for Granite Belt pet owners.

"You're saving a life,” Ms Widderick said.

"By the time you're transfusing the dogs blood count is at 20 which is essentially half of a normal dog.”

She said often they can let pet owners know which dogs lives they have saved as well.

Donor dogs must be over 20kg, have all their vaccinations, worming, heart worms, be able to have an anaesthetic and have good temperament.

Do you have a dog who can donate? Phone Stanthorpe Vet Care on 46811523.