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Boise vet looking for canine blood donors

Posted on April 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

A Boise vet looking for a more reliable blood supply for dogs needing transfusions has started a donor program.

The Idaho Press Tribune ( ) reports veterinarian Chad Hunt started Canine Blood Heroes at Bench Animal Hospital in January.

Under the program, owners can bring in their dogs to donate nearly a pint of blood as often as once every eight weeks. Donors are compensated with $50 for veterinary care.

Donor dogs must be:

•Healthy and Happy
•Greater than 50 lbs
•Between 1-7 yrs old
•Able to lay still for 10 minutes
•Committed for at least 2 years

So far, Hunt has eight dogs that donate blood on a regular basis. And he says they have already helped save the lives of other dogs.


Dr. Adam Petersen