Dogs and cats can help save the lives of other animals through a blood donor program at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The program, which has been around for more than 40 years, uses blood donations from volunteer dogs and cats to give transfusions to animals in need. Dogs have 13 blood types, and cats have three blood types. Only one in 15 dogs is a universal donor, and there is no universal blood type for cats.
Animals may need blood transfusions to treat anemia, or a low red blood cell count. Anemia may be caused by blood loss during surgery or trauma, such as when an animal is hit by a car or involved in a fight. Click here for the rest of the story.