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Features November 2019 Issue

Your Dog As a Blood Donor

Dogs who are being considered as blood donors have to pass a physical exam.

Your Dog As a Blood Donor

While helping other dogs, your pet gets a chance to go out and socialize.

If a large dog like a Lab or a golden retriever is rushed to the emergency room after getting hit by a car, he might need four or five units of blood in just a couple of hours. Even a dog who gets heat stroke might need two to four units of plasma (the watery component of blood) before stabilizing. A dog who experiences bleeding complications during an operation is going to need blood, too. Where does all this extra blood come from?

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