Getting blood from dogs? Easy! But cats? Not so much.
The four canines recently donated precious pints of blood to their fellow pooches. They did it without having to travel far. They visited an animal bloodmobile.
Officials at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine said they don't know of any other animal bloodmobiles in the U.S.
Dogs must have the correct blood type. They must weigh at least 55 pounds and be younger than 8. Owners volunteer their pet for the short procedure.
About 150 dogs participate. Each donates three or four pints a year. The blood helps animals suffering from illnesses. One pint can save up to three dogs.
Sandy Lucas brought her 7-year-old black German shepherd to the bloodmobile. The bloodmobile made it convenient to find out if Raina could donate, she said. Sandy was pleased that Raina's blood could help.
And what about a catmobile? Perhaps not surprisingly, felines are bit less cooperative. They need to be sedated in order to give blood, so Penn does that only at its animal hospital.