Blood Donor Dog of the Year in Sweden Revealed

STOCKHOLM, June 14, 2021 / PRNewswire / – AniCura veterinary clinics are round for the second year in a row Sweden have nominated hero dogs for blood donation dog of the year 2021. During the International Blood Donation Day, the initiator of the competition, AniCura, announced that this year’s winner is the eight-year-old German Shepherd named Cobra. During her seven active years as a blood donor, Cobra has helped save the lives of her four-legged friends 19 times.

AniCura is a European family of well-known and carefully selected veterinary clinics and clinics specializing in the veterinary care of pets. Today AniCura presents the winner of the blood donation dog of the year 2021 in Sweden.

This year’s winner is an eight year old German Shepherd named Cobra. She has helped save the lives of her four-legged friends 19 times and made her first blood donation when she was only one year and two months old. Cobra’s blood has been used at least 15 times (excluding plasma) and she has been hospitalized twice in emergency cases to donate blood.

Cobra is a very calm dog and always “sings”. She is playful and a hardworking dog who has competed in searching, tracking and obedience. Cobra’s owner has now bought a new dog, which she also plans to donate blood.

Low blood donor dog awareness

A blood transfusion is just as vital for an injured or acutely ill dog as it is for a human. Unfortunately only 28% in Sweden are aware of this. But also the fact that dogs become blood donors and can save the life of another dog. This emerges from a newly conducted survey carried out on behalf of AniCura by YouGov, a global opinion and market research company.

– To raise awareness and inform about the ever-growing need for blood donor dogs, AniCura has the now annual Blood Donor Dog of the Year in. brought to life Sweden. This is a great opportunity to pay tribute to all of the hero dogs. They provide the foundations for advanced veterinary care and ultimately help our veterinarians save the life of a beloved dog and create a better world for pets. This year’s winner is a real hero, says Azita Shariati, Group CEO of AniCura.

This year’s winner was chosen by a jury consisting of: Sandra Douglas, Senior Veterinarian at AniCura Helena Skarp, Head of Breeding and Health at the Swedish Kennel Club (SKK), Tove Särkinen, veterinarian, editorial and communication manager at the Swedish Veterinary Association (SVF) and Kenth Svartberg, educator and researcher in ethology. The motivation for this year’s winner was:

“As the longest and most frequent donor of blood, you are a winner. Your contribution has saved many lives and your efforts are invaluable. You are approaching a well-deserved retirement age, and we want you for your long life.” Celebrate loyal commitment. You are our hero dog Cobra. “

– It was a tough competition and we had several strong candidates. But Cobra’s long service with 19 blood donations so far was just a result that we couldn’t ignore. She will also be retiring soon, which makes it even more fun to be able to pay tribute to her. Thanks to the fantastic efforts of Cobra and all of the blood donor dogs, we can provide advanced veterinary care and save more lives, says Sandra Douglas, Jury chairman and chief veterinarian at AniCura.

About the blood donor dog of the year

Blood Donor Dog of the Year is an initiative by AniCura Sweden to raise awareness that dogs can donate blood and save another dog’s life. But also to inspire other dog owners to volunteer to support their dog.

About the survey

The survey was carried out by the global opinion and market research company YouGov on behalf of AniCura. In the period April 26th – May 2, 2021, a total of 2007 online interviews with men and women aged 18 and over in Sweden, of which 828 owned cats and / or dogs. The data were weighted according to the criteria of gender, age and region based on a model from Swedish statistics, so that the result is representative of the population in relation to the total number of people participating in the survey.

For more information, please contact:

Karin Dileo, Communication Manager AniCura Sweden, +46 708 16 42 40

Linda Nyberg, Group Corporate Affairs & Brand Director AniCura, +46 760 06 19 15

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