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Proud of our Tomas!

Monday, November 25, 2013

If you look at my SparkPage, you'll probably notice pictures and references to greyhounds. My wife and I have rescued racing greyhounds since 2004, and 5 of them have changed our lives in ways we can't even begin to describe. We currently have a pack of 3 (#'s 3, 4, and 5), which we find is a nice # to have.

One of the unique attributes of greyhounds is that their blood is a universal blood type - it can be given to other dogs who need blood, so our two youngest ones -- Tomas and Teresa -- are both able to donate (they go through testing to make sure no issues with their blood, etc).

So we got a call from our vet this morning. They had a 6 month old lab puppy who had ingested rat poison yesterday, our local e-vet had given him plasma overnight to stabilize him, but now needed a blood transfusion to fully heal him. We decided to send Tomas in, as he is a big boy (84 pounds) and we felt he could handle a potentially larger amount of blood then Teresa (she is just a little 60 pound girl).

Dropped him off at 9:15AM, he was back home at 12:15PM, he's gotten extra treats, a little tired, but as always, his happy self!

Very proud of our boy Tomas! As a fellow blood donor, I know how good it feels to give!

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GETTO140 12/6/2013 9:45AM

    emoticon Way to go, Tomas! emoticon

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PAULOBRY 11/26/2013 7:37AM

    Well, I am proud of Patrick!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/25/2013 11:39PM

    Wow, I didn't know they did that. Wonderful.

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LALMEIDA 11/25/2013 11:37PM

  Good to know there are still some thoughtful people out there. Thanks to you and Tomas.


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ROSEWAND 11/25/2013 8:39PM

    Your blog makes me cry. Last week some kind
person's blood saved my daughter's life.

Thank you and Tomas!

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PMRUNNER 11/25/2013 7:21PM

    Yay! We have always had our dogs tested, but they have never been able to be donors.

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SMITTY4RL 11/25/2013 5:28PM

    That is awesome! I didn't know about the universal donor thing with greyhounds--that's a neat part of their breed. Plus, they're just beautiful in motion ;-). Thanks for the post!

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5BADDOGS 11/25/2013 5:25PM

    Aww.. That is so sweet! Good for you for rescuing Greyhounds, and good for both of you for rescuing a puppy in need!!

There are all sorts of interesting things about greyhound's blood... Another reason they make good blood donors is that they have greater numbers of red blood cells per volume of blood than other dog breeds (probably because of their athleticism - muscles need oxygen to run fast!). So for the same volume of blood transfused, a recipient will get an extra 15-20% more red cells from a greyhound! They also tend to have fewer platelets, and unique appearing eosinophils (one of the types of red blood cells). And conveniently, they have giant vessels and short flat coats, so it is easy to stick a needle cleanly in!

Just a little dog trivia....
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