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Blood drive benefits dogs, humans in Salt Lake City

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Posted at 7:37 PM, Aug 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-03 17:59:43-04

SALT LAKE CITY – A blood drive was held in Salt Lake City Saturday, and the event was held for the benefit of canines as well as humans.

Advanced Veterinary Care in Salt Lake City teamed up with the American Red Cross and held a blood drive Saturday; dogs have different blood types, like humans do, and dogs can donate blood to other dogs that are sick or injured.

Kristalynn Hall, the manager of Canine Blood Heroes in Salt Lake City, was involved in the drive and said their efforts save lives.

“Every day, a dog somewhere is in need of blood for lifesaving,” Hall said. “There's lots of health complications that can be solved by a blood transfusion, or blood product transfusion. So the dogs we're getting today are being typed to become donors in that program and become lifesavers themselves.”

Organizers said it takes about 15 minutes for a dog to donate blood, and they said most dogs aren’t troubled by the process. Officials said the best donors are dogs who weigh more than 50 pounds and who are between one and seven years old. Dogs that donate should also be up to date on their shots and should not have serious health problems.