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Dogs donate blood to help other canines

There is a global demand for blood - Red Cross blood donation sites set up shop all the time to collect blood donations from humans to help others in need. But the same is true for dogs, and some owners are volunteering their dogs to help others, The Huffington Post reports.

Dogs in need include those that are bleeding or have problems clotting their blood, according to veterinarian Dr. Lee Herold, chief medical officer at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Herold told ABC 30 News that although there are certain specifications - a dog must be at least 1 year old, weight 55 pounds, and have a pleasant personality - many large breeds are good candidates.

According to the news source, there are seven blood types among dogs, and 40 percent of dogs are universal donors. This means that blood can be transferred between breeds and dogs easily in most cases.

Sparkle, a rescued greyhound, donates blood once a month thanks to new advances in veterinary medicine, the news outlet reports. Every unit she gives helps at least two other dogs, her owner, Mary Beth Bartel, told the news source. That means that so far, she has helped or saved more than 60 lives.
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