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Canine Blood Donors Help Save the Life of K9 Officer

Two furry, four-legged heroes are credited with saving the life of Boise Police K9 Jardo after he was shot during an officer-involved shooting that also critically injured a human officer.

A 6-year-old Golden Retriever named Myles and a 5-year-old Pit Bull named Cricket both donated the blood used during an emergency surgery that saved Jardo’s life after the police dog was shot in the chest. Although the K9 lost a lung, thanks to Myles and Cricket, he is expected to recover and may even return to work one day.

We’re all familiar with the need for human blood donors, many of us have given blood or do so regularly, knowing that our healthy blood could mean the difference between life and death for another person in need. But, many people don’t realize that dogs need blood donors, too.

Just like humans, when dogs (and cats!) have an injury, become ill, or need surgery, a blood transfusion could save their lives. Without the generosity of canine blood donors, many of those pets would not survive.

Requirements for canine blood donors may vary, but typically are as follows:
– A healthy dog weighing 35 pounds or more;- Between the ages of 9 months and about 9 years old;
– Must have no history of disease and not taking any medications;
– Must be taking a heartworm preventive;
– Must be current with veterinarian’s preventive health and vaccination schedule.
– It is recommended that candidates be well-behaved and friendly to avoid the need for sedation.

The process for your dog is painless. Some even enjoy doing it, just for the extra attention and treats. And, many veterinarians offer perks for donors. Please, talk to your veterinarian about the possibility of donating blood – your dog could save the life of another dog in need.

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