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