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Q: Can dogs be blood and organ donors?

August 9, 2008 | By Melissa and Bossie F. | 9 answers | Expired: 2229 days ago

Melissa and Bossie F.

I am curious to know because I am an organ donor and I would love to add Memphis to that chain.

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Belleglen S.
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Aug 10, 2008

Yes cats and dogs can be blood and organ donors. Dogs and cats both have blood types and it is important to make sure your pet is blood typed before receiving a blood transfusion just like it is for people. There are animal blood banks. They do transplants like kidneys at U.C. Davis and I'm sure that they transplant other organs.

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Jessica H.
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Aug 10, 2008

I know there are dogs can give blood but i do not know the specifics on it. there was an article about a dog that has given a lot of blood on zootoo. i do not know about organ donor but it would seem like they could since dogs would need new organs too but i do not know. i think the best thing would be to ask your vet.

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Sidney447
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Aug 10, 2008

Organ transplants are probably going to be restricted to vet schools, I have never worked at a vet hospital or heard of any locally that do any type of trasnplants, but if you live in a state with a vet school, ask them if they have a donor list. As far as blood donations, sure, dogs and cats can give blood. If you want your dog to be a blood donor they need to meet a minimum weight restriction (so you need to have a big dog). In Arizona (probably other states, but I don't know) your dog can become a certified blood donor, in order to do this they run some blood tests, and it costs you money, it's not a free service. Just as an aside, there may not be a huge demand for your dogs blood, a lot of the blood we get is from greyhounds, and in clinic when you have a blood emergency and no blood on hand, one of the employees is bound to have a big dog to take it from.

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