Doggy blood donors save lives
Dog blood banks are much like people blood banks. Donors are screened, the blood is typed, and sometimes there’s a shortage.
The U.S. is facing a dog blood shortage right now, which veterinarian Jean Dodds, who runs the Hemopet canine blood bank in Garden Grove, Calif., says is normal for this time of year.
“It happens nearly every holiday season and in summertime when epidemics of parvovirus occur,” she told NPR.
The highly contagious parvovirus attacks a dog’s cells, and blood transfusions are often necessary. Most of the time, dogs require donated blood for the same reasons people do: car accidents, anemia or because they’re undergoing surgery.
While there’s no centralized canine blood bank for dogs, there are several independent blood banks located throughout the country, and veterinary schools often do their own blood banking.
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