Life saver is such a good boy

A retired guide dog has been recognsed with a Westport Veterinary Clinic’s Local Canine Hero Award for South Queensferry.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 5:17 pm
Andrew donated blood to save another dog's life

Andrew, a seven-year-old Golden Retriever, recently saved the life of 12-year-old crossbreed Murphy by being a blood donor.

Murphy’s spleen had ruptured and he required an immediate splenectomy, however his blood count was so dangerously low that Andrew’s owners, Annette and Tony Mundy were called to see if Andrew could help.

Veterinary surgeon Sam Hillier said: “Without Andrew and the blood transfusion Murphy would have almost certainly passed away during the emergency surgery.”

Nicola Macphee, one of the Westport Vet nursing team, added: “Andrew was a pro - he had clearly done this before because he came straight for the biscuits, showed no resistance to being lifted onto the table or being held in position.

"If it weren't for safety reasons we would not have needed to hold him at all! I'm sure he gave a couple of snores during donation lying on the table. He left wagging his tail with a belly full of biscuits!”

Andrew qualified as a Guide Dog in 2016 and spent two years with a family down south before a slight eye problem forced his early retirement.

Annette said: "When we put Andrew forward as a blood donor at Westport vets we were more than happy when the call came. Hopefully he has made another family smile and we are so very proud of him."

To make a nomination for Westport Vet's Local Hero Awards email [email protected]