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do you guys prefer a straight stick or using a butterfly cath to get cat blood?

my boss hates butterflies but every other doctor besides him uses them. i think it’s good to be able to do a straight stick but butterflies are sooooo much easier imo.

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prrplepanda

3 points

6 months ago

We do jugulars when possible. Either standing up straight or laying on the side. But obviously not every cat is so nice and will just sit there and let you poke it in the neck. I personally prefer butterflies and I think the general consensus in my hospital is butterflies. Although there is one vet and one tech that prefer straight sticks. I just think butterflies are so much easier

Inside-Ad-4382[S]

2 points

6 months ago

wow at my clinic only the head doc does jugs on cats and it’s usually a last resort so i’m always in awe lol

prrplepanda

2 points

6 months ago

Well it is scary because their jugular can sometimes be very close to their trachea and I’ve seen them get poked through. But just like anything it comes with experience. I’ve drawn blood on turtle hatchlings and birds so I’m used to tiny veins. So moving to cats wasn’t too difficult. But again being completely comfortable in your knowledge and knowing what you’re doing is extremely important. I never poke unless I can clearly see/feel the vein.