Blood donor dogs are in high demand, and your dog may be able to help.
Many dogs are heroes to their owners, but they can also be heroes to each other, serving as blood donors for fellow pups that need transfusions.
Oklahoma dog Brody is just one example of the vital role played by canine blood donors. When his routine neutering went wrong, he was able to receive life-saving blood thanks to a nearby clinic and its rotating list of nine blood donor dogs. This time it was Judy Chura-Suchara's pit bull Zuka who was called for duty at 2 a.m.
"It was bad, he was near death," Chura-Suchara in an interview with News 9. "I told her you're going to save someone's life tonight and she does and it's great."
Since the blood is only good for about 30 days, many small clinics around the country struggle to keep enough on hand, and most pet owners don't realize their dog could be a donor candidate.
According to veterinarian Frank Puccio, to be a blood donor, dogs need to be between 50 and 100 pounds, be fit (not over or underweight) and undergo routine exams. They must also have a universal blood type.
The blood donation process only takes 15 minutes, and dogs even get a cookie at the end. If you think your dog may be a candidate, talk to your vet. There is no telling how many lives your pup could save.