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Arizona cudchewers

 

Before I say anything else I want to say: I am not a Veterinary. I am just one more goat herd person learning to care for my goats as best I can.  This information is not intended as a substitute for you Veterinary.

Words of caution:

Be very careful not to rip the vein or to inject any air into the vein.  These two mistakes could cost your goat it's life. For this reason I advise that you have an assistant to secure the goats head and keep it form moving around a lot while you are working.

I was surprised how easy it was to do the blood test.

You will need to order red top tubes and buy some 3cc syringes with small 22g needles so the puncture isn't real large in the vein and a helper to secure their head so they don't jerk and tear the vein.

How I did it was to use the clippers to shave a small spot over the jugular vein on the right side as the goat faceing me. Their head must be held securely but not pulled back so far that the muscles in the neck stretch over the jugular vein. I wipe the area with alcohol on a cotton ball and place my left hand thumb over the hollow between the muscles on the right side of the neck about half way up. In a matter of seconds you will see the Jugular vein rise and full to a firm vein large enough to be easily visible. While keeping light pressure on the vein with my thumb I inserted the needle quickly in and up inside the vein with my right hand. Keeping the needle close to where the thumb is pressing on the vein helps to secure the vein and avoid it rolling away from the needle. As soon as you are in the vein you will see the base of the needle where it attaches to the syringe fill with blood. At this point I can let go of the pressure Iím holding with the thumb and draw back on the needle pulling out 1 to 2 cc's of blood. Gently pull the needle out and put pressure on the puncture for a few seconds.

Insert the needle into the red top tube and and the tube will suck the blood into itself with the vacuum that is sealed into the tubes.

Once the tubes are filled and labeled for each goat you will need to fill out a work order sheet for Washington State University ...Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab.  Put the goats name and the number in sequence for that goat, your name and  the type of test you would like the lab to run.  Once the list is complete carefully roll each tube in bubble wrap or paper towels to assure they will ship without breaking.  FedEx the tests overnight to  WADDL. I try to send my test in on a Monday or Tuesday because  WADDL does the CAE and CL test on Thursday. This way my blood samples get there in plenty of time.

 

 

 

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