GRAPEVINE -- One-year-old West Highland Terrier, Jude, might not be here if not for quick thinking doctors and a successful transfusion. The pup ate something he shouldn't have, but he was scheduled to go home Monday.
"We save lives every day with blood, and it's amazing," said Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas vet tech Cara Potter. "To send them home to their families is the best part of our job."
The hospital goes through bags and bags of blood each week to save our pets. Until now, most of that blood was coming from California, Colorado, Ohio, or Virginia. That left them vulnerable to shortages, but now their supplier, Canine Blood Heroes, is coming to them.
"Getting a regular stream of donors every week should alleviate the problem," Potter said. "It's not going to completely solve the problem, but it will definitely be a huge alleviation of it."
Now they need your best friend to help someone else's BFF survive.
"They need to be over 50 pounds, universal donors, and healthy," Potter said.
The dogs also need to commit to a two year donor process, giving every 4-8 weeks depending on their capabilities. The most common universal donors are Sighthounds. That includes dogs like Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Salukis, and Borzois. Guess who else fits the bill, though? Pitbulls. In fact, the first donor in the program is a pit named Hambone.
"I think if they're out there saving lives they won't get the bad rep," Potter said about donation's effect on pitbull bias.
Canine Blood Heroes is also planning to have our thousands of local rescue dogs save lives while attracting a life saver of their own.
"If I was looking for a dog to adopt, yes, the one that's saving lives. That's the point," Potter said. "You get to save a life, and in turn, repay the favor."
So should we expect to see a juice and cookie recovery room at the vet now?
"They'll definitely get cookies and snacks," Potter laughed. "Maybe some boiled chicken."
Get in line, Fido!