Trainee USAR dog Tara

17th July 2017

Meet Tara - she is 18 months old and Tara's mum is one of our trainee Urban SAR dogs, hopefully qualifying soon.
Tara has attended a couple of training sessions recently and we hope she will also become an Urban SAR dog.

Tara was bitten on the face by an adder on Thursday 13 July 2017 in Aberfoyle.

Anti-venom was administered by her own vet (Struthers & Scott Veterinary Practice at Doune) before she was taken to Vets Now hospital in Glasgow.

Tara's condition rapidly deteriorated on Friday morning following the adder bite to her face and required an immediate blood transfusion. Stevie, her handler, made his way through to Glasgow to be with her fearing the worst.

Tara's condition failed to improve and on Friday evening it was decided to give her a second blood transfusion in the hope she would pull through.

Late on Friday evening it was confirmed the second blood transfusion had been successful and Tara had now perked up, had some food and the swelling had reduced.

The vet confirmed all vital signs look good and she was going to make it!

Tara had recovered so well that she was discharged from the small animal hospital in Glasgow on Saturday 15 July 2017.
She was delighted to see her owners Stevie & Lorna.
She slept the whole way home in the Arnold Clark Hilux dog vehicle and will now need rest for several days.

Tara is a real star and all she wants to do is follow in her mum Tess's paw prints and be an Urban SAR Dog and save people's lives.

Stevie says the vets and staff at both vets - Struthers & Scott Veterinary Practice and Vets Now Hospital in Glasgow have been superb in their efforts to save her.

We'd also like to thank everyone who sent their best wishes, was thinking of Tara, prayed for Tara, and to the vets and staff in Doune and in Glasgow.

We are all extremely grateful to Struthers & Scott Veterinary Practice at Doune for their prompt response with anti-venom and immediate medical care to Vets Now Glasgow for their professional and expert intensive care of Tara and to Arnold Clark whose Hilux was used to collect Tara and which is our primary dog vehicle.

The messages of support from followers, the public and other organisations has been incredible - thank you!

And at such a worrying time, to hear that members of Cathcart Old Parish Church, Bannockburn Ladywell Church and muslims from the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society were praying for Tara meant a great deal to Stevie, his family and our closeknit team.

Thank you

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