Your canine can become a doggie blood donor

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Like humans, dogs can also donate blood, and a local vet wants to save you time, money, and your pets life by gathering local doggie donors.

A lot of vet offices order blood, which can take several hours to a few days, but at Dr. Gary’s Animal Clinic on North Avenue and 28 Road, he has a list of donors he calls on when emergency strikes.

He says dogs have 14 blood types, a lot more than humans.

His goal is to open a permanent blood bank in the Grand Valley.

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 Dr. Gary Rechten, owner and veterinarian of Dr. Gary's Animal Clinic.

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

If you would like to have your dog donate, you can give them a call at 970-628-4116.

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