Dogs have been looking after people for as long as we can remember through a variety of roles in airports and the army, as well as making ordinary lives much easier everyday.

This means many owners are dedicated to looking after these faithful pets and making sure they get a balanced diet whether it be fresh or frozen dog food and ensuring they regularly get plenty of exercise.

However, one dog has saved another animal's life in extraordinary circumstances. Rory, a ginger tom cat became seriously ill after he ate rat poison. The poor feline was fading quickly and vets doubted that the cat would be able to pull through.

Sky News reports that Kate Heller, a vet at the animal hospital in New Zealand where Rory was treated, said that the cat needed a blood transfusion in order to survive but she searched all eligible felines and found no matches.

The cat's owner Kim Edwards called upon one of her friends, Michelle Whitmore, who volunteered her 18-month-old dog, Macy. The vet took 120ml of the canine's blood and, surprisingly, the cat started to recover within an hour. Ms Heller decided to take a massive risk and used the Labrador's blood in the transfusion. This was a huge gamble for the vet as the wrong blood type would kill Rory instantly.

Having never performed the procedure before, Ms Heller sought advice from an animal blood laboratory and decided that it was the only way that Rory would have any chance of making it through.

Ms Heller said that people will think the procedure was "pretty dodgy" and admits that it was but the blood transfusion was successful and they managed to save the animal's life.

She said: "I hadn't heard about it or read about it. It's not in any textbook."

Ms Edwards said that Rory has appeared to come through the trauma unscathed and has no dog-related side effects, saying that the feline is back to normal without any barking.

"The vets just went above and beyond... it's incredible that it worked," she said.

Interspecies transfusion has only been successfully carried out a handful of times but experts suggest that cats don't have the antibodies to reject dogs' blood and so this buys the cat enough time for it to replenish its own blood supply.

Written by: Hannah