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From: Ferrethealer
Date: 2012-03-01 18:38:01 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: What methods of taking bloods are there and are they painful? Pl

A "cut-down" to a vein is a known and accepted procedure, usually used for placing an IV catheter in an animal who must have an IV placed. Ferret skin is tough and can easily prevent catheter placement. I have never used a cut-down to get a blood sample.

There are multiple places to draw blood on ferrets. Contrary to some comments here, I often get good samples from leg veins, frequently without anesthesia, although some ferrets do require it. I usually use a bit of gas anesthesia when needed, and the only thing required is to interpret the results knowing that the ferret was anesthetized. That is far less stressful on most ferrets than tight restraint would be. Whether or not shaving is required depends on the vet and on the ferret, but shaving is not stressful at all - it's just a haircut!

Dr. Ruth

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