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.