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Doggies helping doggies: canine blood donations are saving lives

Dog donates blood
Dog donates blood (Courtesy: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Just like us, dogs need help from a doctor when they are injured or have a disease. The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine now has a Canine Blood Donor Program to help dogs recover from their illnesses.

4-year-old Cade is an American Staffordshire Terrier and a really good boy. He has been donating blood in the program for the last year. His owner is a Veterinary tech assistant at the school.

Doctors at UFVH say one unit of blood can treat 2 to 4 canine patients. They are always looking for canine donors.

To find out if your pooch is eligible to help out, contact Camille Kelly at (352) 294-4647 or BloodBankSAH@vetmed.ufl.edu.


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Veronica Crespo writes for Local10.com and also oversees the Español section of the website. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami, where she studied broadcast journalism and Spanish.