Vet wants to open dog blood bank

Vet wants to open dog blood bank

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Like humans, dogs can also donate blood, and a vet wants to save dog owners time, money and their pet's life by gathering doggie donors.

A lot of vet offices order blood, which can take several hours to a few days, but at Dr. Gary Rechten's animal clinic in Grand Junction, Colorado, he has a list of donors he calls on when emergencies happen.

He said dogs have 14 blood types: a lot more than humans. His goal is to open a permanent blood bank in his area.

Dogs are a little more resilient than humans. In a pinch, they can take any of the blood types.

"It is always better to do a cross match for it, but in an emergency situation, you get a freebie. You get that first transfusion to help save the animal,” said Rechten.

Rechten says dogs over 60 pounds are better donors and in fact, greyhounds have a universal blood type to help all breeds.



 
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