Owners sign up their pets to be doggie blood donors

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 7:59 AM

SPOKANE -- A lot of people don’t know that there is a blood bank for dogs in Spokane.

Right now, just a handful of dogs are feeding the supply for the entire Inland Northwest.

On Saturday, several dogs started the process to become donors.

Dogs and their owners showed up to the Lincoln Heights Veterinarian Center to give the gift of life.

Dogs sometimes need blood transfusions just like humans do.

While local pet emergency clinics can get blood shipped in, that’s usually a 24-hour wait.

“You never know when you're dog is going to need a blood transfusion. If there's trauma, hit by a car, got into something. It's a huge thing that we have this blood bank here in Spokane. That we have the blood immediately available,” said Jessica Osoburne who helped organize Spokane’s first ever Dog & Owner blood drive.

Right now, just a handful of dogs are feeding the supply for the entire Inland Northwest.

Pooches that had their blood drawn Saturday started the process to be donors.

The dogs will have more screenings done to make sure they are healthy enough to donate.

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