Your Pooch or Kitty Can Be a Blood Donor, Too

Turns out your furry friends can help save lives.

Animal blood banks in the U.S. run through their stock pretty quickly, especially in warm weather, when pets spend more time outside and are more likely to get hurt. That's why some advocate groups are encouraging owners to bring in healthy dogs and cats to donate blood.

"Just like for people, a transfusion can save an animal's life," says Gary Block, veterinarian and board president of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

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Besides being a really nice thing to do, it usually brings perks: Some banks give donor families free services, meds, and pet treats in return. Ask your vet if your pet qualifies for donation and to recommend a bank near you.

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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