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Kentucky Animal Hospital Establishes Blood Bank For Pets

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Louisville, KY- Jefferson Animal Hospital has established the first blood bank in the city for dogs and cats.

Now, all they need are donors.

So on Saturday, it held a donor drive for dogs and cats at its Fern Creek location.

Dr. Kennedy says animals need blood just like humans for a variety of reasons, including surgery, trauma and blood loss from disease.

The practice here invested about $25,000 to open its blood bank most of which went to equipment while another $15,000 went to purchase a centrifuge which separates blood from plasma.

Dr. Kennedy says the hospital expects to recoup its investment within a year.

Getting blood from out-of-state from blood banks like in California has proved to be a problem.

According to Dr. Kennedy, just like humans dogs and cats can donate blood with no ill effects.

However, to be a donor, dogs must weigh at least 50 pounds and cats 10 pounds.

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