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Veterinarian Technician August 2011 (Vol 32, No 8)

Tech Tips

    Catching Urine

    When a urine sample is needed, sometimes the only option is to have the client “catch” it at home and bring it to the hospital. Most clients give us a funny look when we ask them to catch their pets’ urine. I suggest they use a clean, dry soup ladle that is deep and wide and has a long handle. Clients are instructed to reach with the ladle from the side for males and from the rear for females and to pour the sample into a prelabeled container that we provide.
    Lisa Hogue
    Town and Country Veterinary Hospital
    Apex, North Carolina

    Keeping a Urethral Obstruction Basket

    We have a basket that holds all the necessary supplies for unblocking a male cat with a urethral obstruction. This saves us setup time and ensures that we have everything we need—no more scrambling for supplies.
    The Technicians at the Animal Hospital of Ashwaubenon, S. C.
    Green Bay, Wisconsin

    Keeping Tails Clean

    When hospitalized patients have diarrhea, we wrap their tails in a waterproof, self-adhesive bandage to help keep them clean.
    Jana Brookens, RVT, and Amby Richardson, RVT
    Three Trails Animal Hospital
    Independence, Missouri

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