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Blood Banks For Dogs, Cats Increasingly Relied Upon

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By Sherry Shephard For USA TODAY

Medical conditions ranging from heat stroke and bleeding disorders to cancer and kidney disease can require blood transfusions for dogs and cats just as they can for humans.

That’s why pet owners in growing numbers are both donating their pets’ blood and relying on animal blood banks to provide it when their pets fall ill.

The concept of blood banking in animals has been around since the early ’90s, says Holly Carey, assistant administrator to the animal blood bank and registered veterinary technician at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge.

In recent years, “it’s really taken off,” Carey says, in part because “there are diseases that we know about now that we may not have known about before.”

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