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Veterinarian Technician March 2011 (Vol 32, No 3)

Tech Tips

    Comforting Corkboards

    At my previous clinic, there were three large corkboards in the lobby of the oncology department. The staff encouraged clients to bring in photos or written mementos if their pets were being treated. The corkboards helped generate conversation and were supportive to clients.

    Laurie Holm, BS, RVT, CVT
    Tucson, Arizona

    Tubing Ties

    Tubing from IV sets makes great ties for endotracheal tubes, especially for dental work. Ties made from tubing stay tied without slipping and do not become soaked with fluid.

    Jennifer Dums, CVT
    Northland Veterinary Services
    Iron River, Wisconsin

    Catheter Clue

    If you place an IV catheter in a geriatric or dehydrated patient and the needle inserts well but the catheter does not slide, wait a few seconds; the blood around the catheter will lubricate it a little, often allowing it to pass easily. If the catheter will not pass and the blood flow is not good, the catheter is not in the vein.

    Sandra Szalkiewicz, CVT
    Wauconda, Illinois

    Dry and Clean Casts and Bandages

    Glad Press’n Seal Wrap works well for keeping paw casts and bandages dry and clean. Tell owners that they (1) must be careful not to apply the plastic wrap too tightly and (2) must remove the plastic wrap when their pet comes indoors.

    Lauren Seymour, CVT
    Weare Animal Hospital
    Weare, New Hampshire

    Cat Muzzle

    I like to make cat muzzles from a plastic or Styrofoam cup (plastic cups are more durable). Here are the steps:

    1. Cut off the end of the cup.
    2. Poke two holes, directly across from each other, near the rim.
    3. Remove sharp or jagged edges.
    4. Insert a piece of cling gauze into each hole, and tie the gauze in place.
    5. Place the cup over the cat’s face, and tie the gauze around the cat’s head.

    This muzzle is economical and easy for clients to make at home, and it can help clients administer at-home care to fractious cats.

    Kelly Pompili, LVT
    Chicago, Illinois

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