Animal blood donors part of a growing pet project

Dr Josephine Yong with her dogs King (left) and Johnny Cupcake. Both dogs have been donating blood for the past two years. With no commercial animal blood bank here, there is a need to grow a pool of regular blood donors.
Dr Josephine Yong with her dogs King (left) and Johnny Cupcake. Both dogs have been donating blood for the past two years. With no commercial animal blood bank here, there is a need to grow a pool of regular blood donors.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

More pet owners put their charges on call for transfusions by vets in times of emergency

A labradoodle and goldendoodle may not be the first breeds that spring to mind when thinking of lifesaving dogs. But Johnny Cupcake and King are always ready to be called into action to help fellow canines in need.

For when their owner, retiree Josephine Yong, is contacted by her local vet to say that a dog is ill and may die without a blood transfusion, she will take them along to the clinic to do their duty.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'Animal blood donors part of a growing pet project'. Print Edition | Subscribe