your dog for blood money, super summer fun with your dog, and dog sports that are good for the heart and emotional health.
BANKING ON YOUR DOG FOR BLOOD MONEY?
Did you know that donated blood is part of a billion-dollar business? "I
would guess 99% of people don't know that blood is sold," said Ben
Bowman, CEO of General Blood, a national for-profit blood brokerage firm in a TV
interview conducted in W. Palm Beach FL. Three years ago human blood was going
for around $600 per pint on the west coast, slightly less on the eastern
The eastern equivalent for canine blood transfusions would be Un. Of Georgia
where the cost for canine blood components is “$150
to $300 per unit, and up to $500 for whole blood.”
Interestingly, a dog can be safely transfused without the blood being typed or
cross-matched and in fact, the blood may even be from a different species. It is
not unusual for multiple canine blood transfusions to cost upwards of $1,000.
a good reason to have veterinary insurance but be sure it covers blood
transfusion. When One Blood (a human blood collection company) was asked what it
charges hospitals per pint of donated blood, Pat Michaels, the company
spokesperson replied "that's confidential." She
said only that the company charges a “reimbursement
fee” to cover its costs of collection and processing. A lifted eyebrow
prompted her to elaborate "There's a fee but you have to
understand that that's the way all blood centers operate."
There is one more thing you should know and consider if someone in your family,
including your dog, needs a transfusion. According to the New York Times, Blood
Banks increase profits by “separating blood into its
components -- red cells, platelets and plasma -- in addition to selling it
whole.” Blood Industry officials admit that the process of breaking blood
down into different components (meaning combining blood from different donors
dramatically "increases the risk of infection, since
a transfused patient may get components from a variety of donors."
SUPER SUMMER WITH YOUR DOG
Winter’s gone. spring is waning and you still haven’t done much to replenish
your vitamin D supply and you’re still “working” on that tan. So how do you get
sunshine, relaxation, good vibes, and vitamin D all at the same time?
You could ask Goldie
Hawn. She'd say "Take your dog for a walk." Whether you live in the Country,
Suburbia or downtown Manhattan, you can find some place pleasant to walk. Get
out with your dog and say hello to the neighbors and people you pass on the
sidewalk or path. Of course they will want to pet your dog. That's a fringe
benefit your dog will enjoy and in the meantime you both will be soaking up
If there's a dog park nearby take advantage of it. There you will meet other dog
owners and your dog will relish seeing his own kind and if the breed is
suitable, being allowed to meet, greet and even play together. That’s why dog
parks are so inviting and invigorating.
It does just as much for you. You're both getting pleasant, relaxing
exercise and soaking up vitamin D after a long winter indoors. Sunshine does
wonders for the psyche and your overall health. So do yourself and your dog a
In today's world of over-organization, cars, computers, smart-phones and TV, a
few minutes spent stretching your legs and enjoying your dog’s joy at your
shared activity is a modest investment in return for the health,
mood, and relaxation you both derive.
DOG SPORTS FOR HEART HEALTH
Try something new! Look up local Obedience or Agility classes. Get out and meet
new people who share your interest in dogs. You don’t have to have a purebred
dog to get involved in heart-healthy (meaning both physically and emotionally)
Here are some great new-idea resources to check out. If you like water sports
and have a dog you can’t keep out of the pool …
Dock Dogs and
Diving Dogs might interest you. Another heart-healthy fat burner is Flyball…
North American Flyball Association
and United Flyball League. Got a herding breed or a speedster? We’ve
got your ticket - American Herding Breed Association,
AKC Herding and
American Sighthound Field Association and of course, the
AKC Lure Coursing and also
United Kennel Club.
If you dog can’t stop sniffing (Bassett or Beagle?) and you’re not into
and jumping stuff, you and your dog will love
American Kennel Club Scent Work
or the National Association of Canine Scent Work and again, the
United Kennel Club (UKC) is famous for its Using Dogs that put natural skills to work and fun!
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