Skip Nav
Cats
Cat With No Eyes Picks His Own Best Friend From the Shelter
Family Life
6 Best Dog Breeds For Families With Small Kids
Tattoos
75 Tattoos Perfect For Any Animal-Lover
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
kelleystaylor kelleystaylor 8 years
The rescued greyhounds at Hemopet ARE universal donors for ALL dogs. They are all prescreened before coming to Hemopet so that they can help ANY dog who needs blood products.
brandi797 brandi797 8 years
As a veterinarian, I can assure you, Greyhound blood is NOT compatible with all blood types, canine OR feline! Cats have two blood types, A and B. Dogs blood types are based on the presence (or absence) of various dog erythrocyte antigens (DEA); the most important being DEA 1.1 and 1.2. A "universal canine donor" is both DEA 1.1 and 1.2 negative. Greyhounds are used because they have a higher percentage of red blood cells per volume of blood, known as "packed cell volume" (PCV). While most dogs have a PCV of 40-50%, Greyhounds tend to have a PCV of abour 66%. If you want to read a little more: http://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proceedings.plx?CID=TUFTSBG2003&PID=5122&O=Generic
mocena mocena 9 years
This isn't true. I work at a vet hospital and own a greyhound who is a blood donor. Greyhound blood is not necessarily compatible with all dogs, and certainly isn't compatible with cats. There are something like 8 different types of blood for dogs, greyhounds do have a higher likelihood of having what amounts to a "universal" blood type, but it varies per dog. I know several people who have had their greyhounds tested and they aren't universal. Even if the dog is universal, they still need to be cross-matched to give to another dog. As for cross-species blood donation, that simply isn't true.
Pets Pets 9 years
i was just as surprised as you! i had never heard of such a thing before watching this show on animal planet!
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 9 years
that was what i was going to ask!
wakeupandora wakeupandora 9 years
how is it possible that a dog's blood is compatible with a cat?
Trivia About Persian Cats
American Shorthair Cats Trivia
All About German Shepherd Dogs
Cats in Movies
Clumber Spaniel Breed Facts
Pet Heartworm Quiz
American Staffordshire Terrier Trivia

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds