A DOG’S life has been saved by a blood donation from another pet.

Rosie, a 10-year-old bearded collie, received a life-saving transfusion hours before an emergency operation to remove her spleen after developing tumours.

Owner Lizzie Gault, from Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, said Rosie would not have survived the surgery without the blood donation as she was severely anaemic.

The operation was performed at Glasgow’s Small Animal Hospital, which arranged to get the blood through a new charity, Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBuk).

Show-dog Rosie’s life was saved by Kai, a German shepherd dog from Stirling.

Kai’s owner, Pauline Aitken, had taken her pet to give blood at a PBBuk drive in Stirling in November.

Ms Gault, a former dog breeder and a researcher at Glasgow University, said: “I took Rosie to the vet after realising her gums were really pale as I brushed her teeth.

“A blood test discovered she had very low haemoglobin and an ultrasound found tumours on her spleen.

“We knew she had to have her spleen out but she was too weak.

“The transfusion was truly wonderful because 10 years ago it wouldn’t have been possible and Rosie probably wouldn’t have made it.”

After the operation, Rosie even got a chance to meet Kai, the dog which saved her life, and they got on well.

Ms Aitken said: “I was delighted to meet Rosie, who made a great recovery, and see the positive impact of Kai’s donation.

“I’m a blood donor myself, so it was only natural for me to take Kai along to give blood to the Pet Blood Bank.”

Dr Ian Ramsay, director of Glasgow University’s Small Animal Hospital, said: “Without blood donations many animals would not make it through surgery, and we are grateful to all the owners who donate their pet’s blood.”

Ms Gault, who has two other bearded collies, said Rosie had now fully recovered from the surgery.

She added: “Rosie had her stitches out last week.

“Now she’s barking, eating, running about – she’s back to full fitness.

“It’s just been amazing.”

Since its launch in March, the Pet Blood Bank UK has received 300 donations, amounting to 800 units of blood.

The next Pet Blood Bank drive will take place in Stirling in February.

Donating dogs must be between one and eight years old, weigh over 25kg, never have travelled abroad and be in good health.