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Canine blood bank seeks donors

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Jun 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-04 22:11:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The first dog blood bank in Utah could soon be opening in Salt Lake City.

The Canine Blood Heroes blood bank will be located at the offices of Advanced Veterinary Care.

Anne Cordtz of Advanced Veterinary Care said the process for dogs to donate blood is similar to the process for humans.

“They go through a strenuous blood test that tells what type they are because dogs have blood types just like humans do, and we also make sure that they are free of diseases, so they don’t have heartworm or other things that they can pick up,” she said.

A blood typing clinic will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donor dogs must be between 1 and 7 years old, up to date on vaccines and weigh more than 50 pounds.

Cordtz said they are most interested in testing greyhounds, boxers, doberman pincers and nice pit bulls. She said labs and retrievers generally don’t have the right blood type to donate.

Those interested in having their dogs tested are asked to call 208-346-2542 or send an
email to caninebloodheroes@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.