Handling and restraint — Injections and blood collection

  • B. E. Belshaw


While the physical examination is being performed, the animal should be as free as possible from restlessness, tension, inconvenience, and pain, not only for humane reasons but also because restlessness and tension can greatly hinder the examination. As already noted in Chapters 6 and 7, the patient should first be allowed to become acquainted with the unfamiliar surroundings of the examination room to help it to relax. A dog that stands pulling on its leash can be showing that it wants to explore the room and should be given the opportunity to do so. Observation of this spontaneous action can reveal useful information (Chapter 6) and sometimes also provide just the right starting point for a relaxed discussion with the client.


Middle Finger External Jugular Vein Cephalic Vein Cloth Band Lateral Recumbency 
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