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From: "Daniel E. McLain"
Date: 2007-11-23 22:23:13 UTC
Subject: Drawing blood Re: [ferrethealth] Digest Number 974
To: <>

I also respectfully disagree and a reference to a method for obtaining rout=
ine blood samples from unanesthetized ferrets was previously posted on this=

Dr. Dan

[Moderator's Pointer to that Ref: ]

From: [] On=
Behalf Of
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2007 4:19 PM

In a message dated 11/23/07 5:18:20 AM Eastern Standard Time, <> write=

Actually it can be quite difficult to take a bloodsample of ferrets, rabbit=
guinea pigs and rats as well.
Almost always a slight anestsia is necessary.
If the jugular vein isn=E2=82=AC =C2=A6=C2=B4t VERY easily seen, I have exp=
erienced following
procedure to be very effective with obtaining a quick sample of adequate
amount, minimun chance of hemolysis and with minimun damage to vein and adj=
tissue. (description of jugular cutdown procedure deleted for space purpose=

**I respectfully disagree with this. In my experience it is fairly easy to=

get a jugular or cephalic venipuncture on most awake ferrets, and I rarely=

anesthetize them for those routes, unless I am going to do a cutdown to the=
for the purpose of placing a catheter (which is the only reason I've ever d=
a cutdown) or to draw a significant amount of blood (for a transfusion, etc=
I usually don't use the saphenous unless I am anesthetizing them, though, a=
they tend to be more squirmy for me about the back legs.

I've drawn blood pretty easily on awake rabbits and guinea pigs as well,
although not rats. I'm allergic to rats, though, so don't see too many of t=

It may be due to the difference between bloodlines or handling techniques,=

although a fair number of my ferret patients are privately bred with Europe=
bloodlines in their pedigrees.**

Dr. Ruth

Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.


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