K-State Veterinary Health Center seeking K9 blood donors

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2-year-old Red has been donating blood in the program since his owner, a Vet Med student at K-State enrolled him in the program in early 2020. He’s saved potentially up to 12 lives with his blood donations. (Photo courtesy K-State Marketing & Communications)

The K-State Veterinary Health Center is looking for K9 blood donors.

Like people, dogs have diseases or injuries that require blood transfusions. As a result, the health center has a program where would-be canine donors can be enrolled and donate for those in need. The demand reportedly goes up each year.

Some of the eligibility requirements include having a dog between 1 and 5 years old, weighing 55 pounds of more and able to lay on its side for about 5 to 10 minutes. Eligible dogs must have never received a blood transfusion and must be spayed or neutered with the female dogs having no previous litters. Dogs will be required to donate blood every two months and must be within a 30 mile radius of the health center.

In K-State Today Wednesday, the health center shared the story of 2-year-old Red, a redbone coonhound who has donated six times since joining the program in 2020.

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