One month ago, Rascal, a 14-year-old terrier, was left in front of the Nanaimo SPCA on Vancouver Island. At first it seemed that the dog was just really dirty, however, it turned out that he was actually covered in thousands of fleas! They had managed to eat up more than 85 percent of Rascal’s red blood cells by the time the veterinarian staff of the Island Veterinarian Hospital got their hands on him.
The vet on duty, Dr. Ken Langelier, had a difficult choice to make – either to perform a lengthy blood transfusion or to put Rascal down.
Langelier had 40 years of veterinarian practice under his belt, but he said that it was by far the worst flea infestation that he had ever seen. However, he didn’t think of throwing in the towel just yet.
“I looked at this dog and said: ‘You’re not dying on my watch, baby,’ he said.
A bit of luck is necessary for performing miracles, and that bit of luck came in the form of a staff member’s German Shepherd who was a universal blood donor.
Katie, the German Shepherd, was quickly brought to the veterinarian and donated 400ml of her blood to Rascal.
The transfusion gave Rascal new strength and he is on his way to full recovery and hopefully adoption after that. The unusual pair even had a play date as soon as Rascal was in good enough shape, and he surely showed his appreciation to his new friend that saved his life.
In the meantime, the local PD has been looking for the person who left Rascal in front of the SPCA, and if caught, criminal charges will be pressed.
Watch the video to learn all about Rascal’s story. Please, be advised – some images are graphic.
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