A Dog’s Last Gift

HEALTH_ISSUES_FeaturedWhile being an organ donor has long been commonplace among people, dogs are now able to give the same gift of life.

The Pet Organ Donation Network was created in the hopes of changing the treatment of feline and canine diabetes. The program has far-reaching potential, including the possibility of developments in human diabetes treatment.

So far, they have had over 30 donations of viable organs from pets already scheduled for euthanasia. Scientists hope that the use of these organs will save other animals from having to be used in research. Currently, rats and mice are given a simulated cancer or are purposefully given an injury in order to mimic those seen in reality.

The new organ donation network was created to preserve research animals' lives as well as sharing tissues and organs for dogs and cats that need transplants. They plan to expand to other organs and tissues over time.

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