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Q: Can dogs be blood and organ donors?

August 9, 2008 | By Melissa and Bossie F. | 9 answers | Expired: 2228 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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Jessica H.
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Aug 11, 2008

I have a brochure for dog blood donors actually, but go figure I forgot where I placed it. They have a long list of requirements though if you want your dog to donate blood, and I can't remember, just that my dogs wouldn't be qualified (I think the list for this company was rather strict).

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Jill R.
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Aug 11, 2008

Dogs can give blood. They need to be typed first. The most in need of blood would be your local emergency clinic. Organ donations are limited to kidney transplants, but only a few vet schools will do this. This is done in an ethical manner. You can't just "buy" a kidney for your pet. Liver transplants can happen in animals, but are not done for ethical reasons.

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Angela
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Aug 11, 2008

Yes, they can be blood donors. My brother-in-law makes sure he always has one of his big dogs at this clinic, just in case of an emergency.

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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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Ethel02
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Aug 10, 2008

I know they can give blood, I don't think there are allot of successful transplants with dogs but I know they have done transplants on cats, so I guess so

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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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Heather
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Aug 09, 2008

One of the dogs at the shelter needed a transfusion, and we had to pick any big/calm dog to take as the donor. The vet said that either it works or it doesn't, but usually the recipient accepts the transfusion. He also said it should always be used as a last resort, I suppose that would mean if they aren't on the verge of death, doing a transfusion that could result in death is a bad idea. I am guessing the same is the case with organs. I have never actually heard of an animal organ replacement. I think they would probably euthenize before attempting a transplant.
Cat blood transfusions are weird too. They take better if the donor cat looks like the recipient. Same coloration and hair length (and breed if known). We had a cat transfusion that went well, and it was like a miracle!

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Anonymous
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Aug 09, 2008

You should be able to find some pet blood banks or rather vets to accept pet blood donations in your general area or in the nearest big city. I don't know about organs though. You'd probably have to check with the nearest Veterinary college in your area. Just like some humans donate their body to science, perhaps you might be able to donate your pets body to science. I haven't checked into that though.

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