Was watching K9-5 on Animal Planet today. I found out that there are at least 13 blood types for dogs as opposed to 4 for people, but that greyhounds have the equivalent of type O blood. The show was encouraging dog people to set up dog blood donor centers in their communities. A dog had to be over 55 pounds and vet friendly. There were some more stipulations, but my mind just went blank. Oh well, thought you all might think the idea was interesting anyway.
Merry
Was watching K9-5 on Animal Planet today. I found out that there are at least 13 blood types for dogs ... more stipulations, but my mind just went blank. Oh well, thought you all might think the idea was interesting anyway.

The University of MN has greyhound blood donors. Some get adopted to the U by the track, and then adopted out to students or clients or doctors. It really works well.

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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Was watching K9-5 on Animal Planet today. I found out that there are at least 13 blood types for dogs ... stipulations, but my mind just went blank. Oh well, thought you all might think the idea was interesting anyway. Merry

When I lived in Madison, WI, there were often several greyhounds being walked by vet students - they were the resident blood donors. I always thought it was so amusing to see 5 or 6 greyhounds being walked with nary a pull on a leash and then see one Lab or whatever else pulling the shoulder out of some owner's socket.
Was watching K9-5 on Animal Planet today. I found out that there are at least 13 blood types for dogs ... stipulations, but my mind just went blank. Oh well, thought you all might think the idea was interesting anyway. Merry

thanks for posting this. my cat's life was saved by a blood donor. i never thought about different types in dogs. i think i'll go offer Manu's services to my vet.
-kelly
Was watching K9-5 on Animal Planet today. I found out that there are at least 13 blood types for dogs ... stipulations, but my mind just went blank. Oh well, thought you all might think the idea was interesting anyway. Merry

Some dogs have a certain protein in their blood, IIRC, making their blood unusable except to dogs that have that same blood. But, like you pointed out, the majority of all greyhounds have the "universal" type of blood that is free of that protein. (I wish I could remember what it's specifically called, I have Coda's blood-typing paperwork here somewhere!)
Coda is a donor on occasion at the clinic because he's such a good boy when it comes to vet stuff, Although he doesn't have the "universal" blood, he's been used in emergency situations where he could help out. Shelly & The Boys
This site has information about a blood bank in Maryland: http://www.evbb.com/index1.html
I used to work for an emergency vet clinic, and my own dogs were donors occasionally. My collie, Parker, was a universal donor like the greyhounds.

Jana
This site has information about a blood bank in Maryland: http://www.evbb.com/index1.html I used to work for an emergency vet clinic, and my own dogs were donors occasionally. My collie, Parker, was a universal donor like the greyhounds. Jana

Jana I forget what blood type is a universal blood type in dogs?

Gwen