Dogs can donate blood too! Blood transfusions are required when a dog is anemic from trauma, disease, or toxicity. The transfusion replenishes the pet's red blood cells.
In Prince George we do not have a blood bank as we do in human hospitals. When a patient requires a blood transfusion we collect a fresh sample from a donor. The picture below is one of our staff members dogs Hazel donating blood.
Our technician places a needle in the jugular vein and the blood flows into a bag coated with an anticoagulant so the blood doesn't clot. The blood is then transfused to the patient.