Medical Minute 9-29:

By: Vanessa Welch Email
By: Vanessa Welch Email

Oscar de la Blue is sniffing out life again after battling a dangerous dog virus that could have snuffed out his.

"There were a couple of days where he was just kind of a shell of a puppy," said Jay Kapp, Oscar's owner.

But thanks to rescue greyhound "Sparkle" and others like her, Oscar was given life-saving plasma and another chance to be a puppy. You see "Sparkle" is a canine blood donor.

"For every unit of blood that she gives, she will help at least two other dogs," said Mary Beth Bartel, Sparkle's Owner.

Sparkle donates once a month, and at 30 units so far has saved 60 lives. She's also on a 24 hour emergency call list.

"The blood has gone directly from here right into a dog in surgery. It's really rewarding."

Doctor Lee Herold calls dogs like "Sparkle" superheroes.

"Animals that are bleeding or have problems being able to clot their blood, you know they really need those blood products. And they are life-saving for those animals," said Dr. Lee Herold, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.E.C.C., Chief Medical Officer Dove Lewis.

Dogs have seven blood types, about 40-percent are universal donors, making them ideal candidates. Dogs also should be at least one year old, weigh 55 pounds and have a pleasant personality.

"We want a dog that's gregarious and wants to come in and get its blood drawn."

Oscars' canine hero.

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