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Life-saving doc - and dog

Madison Erhardt

Dr. Oz of West Kelowna's Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital performed a rare surgery Wednesday, saving an animal's life.

Oz spent four hours performing a blood transfusion on a dog with an immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.

"With primary IMHA, your dog's immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that attack its own red blood cells. This is the most common cause of anemia in dogs,'' he said. 

Oz says the blood donor is often one of his staff's pets.

"We sedate the baby and take blood out of the jugular and put it into a special bag. Slowly but surely, it transfers over to the dog in need."

Rose Valley staff member Cassandra Molnar has volunteered her pup several times to assist in blood transfusions.

"It's really nice to see that she is able to help other dogs. Even talking to the owners afterwards and knowing how grateful they are. It's just a really good feeling," she said.

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