Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services, known as ACCES, is one of the best 24 hour emergency vet hospitals in Seattle (they have an additional location in Renton). Aside from their excellent services, they also have a Blood Bank for dogs (and cats). Just like in human trauma, sometimes animals need blood product transfusions but the national banks are often back ordered. So ACCES opened its Blood Bank in 2004 and has had numerous success stories. Below is the breakdown.
Here's how it works: potential donors visit ACCES to meet the staff and have a brief exam with a doctor. A small amount of blood is drawn for typing and if your dog comes back as eligible, you'll return for the first donation and another small draw for more extensive screening. You're asked to stay with your pooch as it only takes 30 minutes total. And the moral support is important too. Prior to every donation, your dog with receive a complete physical exam as well.
The canine requirements: Between 1-6 years of age, at least 55 pounds, healthy and well behaved. As well as up to date on vaccines, has never had a transfusion, not used for breeding, and on no long term medications besides flea preventative. You must be willing to commit to 12 donations which come out to 1 every 2-3 months for 3 years. This is due to the high cost of screening prospective donors.
Some of the donor benefits include: a free annual blood screening, physical exam, a free toy with every donation, a free blood transfusion at ACCES (if needed), an annual donor party, and plenty of treats, attention, and affection at every donation. Plus, you're pooch will be helping save lives!
Check out www.criticalcarevets.com/service/acces-blood-bank for their website.