A GREYHOUND won the race of his life – after his brother donated blood to keep him alive.
Dexter, aged six, was close to death after he suffered internal bleeding while undergoing surgery for a suspected muscle tear.
His condition of haemophilia meant he couldn’t stop bleeding and vets at YourVets24, in Brook Road, Rayleigh, said he needed a blood donor to keep him alive.
So in stepped Dexter’s brother Timmy, also six, to save the day.
Both dogs are now recovering at their home in Richmond Avenue, Shoebury.
Samantha Haynes, 42, Dexter and Timmy’s owner, said she was relieved to have them both back home safe.
She said: “It was very scary and we really thought Dexter was going to die.
“The vets said if we had not got him there, he would have died. We’ve had them both since they were two and they are part of the family.
“They had been abused before we got them and Dexter was a nervous wreck – he was even burnt with cigarettes when he was a puppy.
“He’s had such a tough start in life that we couldn’t lose him in this way.
“They were in Ireland being trained up and were separated for six months and didn’t even remember each other.
“We took them on and they have never raced, and are both still very nervous.
“Dexter is such a loving dog and is so gentle. If he had died we would have been mortified – he is like one of the children.
“Timmy really did save his brother’s life. They are both doing fine and we are spoiling them both.”
Dexter was taken into the vets after Samantha noticed he was acting strangely.
She said: “He put his head on my lap and I stroked him and he yelped in pain.
“Me and my husband rushed him to the vets.”
They discovered his internal bleeding could not be stopped due his haemophilia, so his only hope was a blood donation from another dog.
Fortunately, Timmy, was a blood match. The family had no idea Dexter suffered from haemophilia.
Samantha said: “We have to be extra careful with Dexter now and he is walking in pain.”
Catalina Thiersen, vet at YourVets24, said: “Very few animals under these conditions survive – he’s a very lucky dog.”