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So, I've just spent the last 20 minutes cutting surgical tape off Hamish's leg fur because the vet tech couldn't be bothered to use a cotton pad after doing his blood test. I'm not exactly happy, especially as she was so happy to tell me that he'd been so good about the whole process :frusty:
He's now had 3 blood tests - the first time they used a cotton pad and tape, the second time they used NOTHING and there was no sign of blood :confused:, then this time they just wrapped a mass of tape and there was a lot of blood.
Surely it's not unreasonable to expect the vet staff to put a cotton pad on the wound?
Rant over - investigating new vets soon!
 

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How frustrating! I think maybe a fresh look at Hamish's diagnosis might also serve him well. :)

I will never forget when I was told to give Leeo pepto-bismol ... there was nothing else that could be done ... short a specialist ... and one week later he was gone. :( I now go with my gut feelings ......... I still have that bottle of pink stuff ... and I would like to put it some place where the sun doesn't shine!!! Lol! :)
 

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I would ask them about it. My vets have always used vet wrap, which only sticks to itself. Adhesive tape seems a little much to me...
 

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There's a new vet opened up closer to the house that I've been planning to investigate further so will do so later this week. I was waiting for the vet to call with the blood test results and thought about mentioning it then, but have decided I would prefer to discuss it face to face so will do so on our next visit to the surgery (armed with furry tape as evidence!).

On a side note, the vet said that the blood test results were good - the liver values have stabilised / improved slightly :whoo:
 

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There's a new vet opened up closer to the house that I've been planning to investigate further so will do so later this week. I was waiting for the vet to call with the blood test results and thought about mentioning it then, but have decided I would prefer to discuss it face to face so will do so on our next visit to the surgery (armed with furry tape as evidence!).

On a side note, the vet said that the blood test results were good - the liver values have stabilised / improved slightly :whoo:
Good news on the blood test results!!! :D
 

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That's nuts, definitely not what I was taught TODAY my second day of vet tech classes ever. They should know better!
 

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Most of the time there is not enough bleeding after a blood draw to warrant a bandage of any sort. Holding it off for a moment should be sufficient. It's certainly not a "wound".
The clinic I work at does use tape with a gauze pad when there's been catheter in place. It's certainly never been sticky enough to involve cutting it off the hair...even when my own dogs have had one..and that's Chow hair. (and shaving my Chow's feathers is a no no for me, so he had fluffy leg hair
 

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Go to a tack (horse) store and buy VetRap. It only sticks to itself, not to hair and is slightly stretchy so you don't have to worry about circulation. Maybe if you have to have another blood draw done, take it in with you ad ask that they use it.
Also, I think everyone should have a roll in their first aid kit in case you have to dress a wound before you can get to the vets.
 

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Actually I'm beginning to wonder if the bleeding is caused by the shaving rather than the blood test as the time they didn't tape his leg they also didn't shave it and there was no sign of any blood (on the other 2 occasions there has been rather a lot of blood!!). Looks like I'll need to find some VetRap and take it with me.
 

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If there was a lot of blood as you say it's possible they blew a vein, but even then they should have cleaned it up nicely. holding it off for a bit is normally enough. I don't shave, just clean the area then when it's wet it's pretty easy to see. Different for all dogs of course. Tape straight on fur for drawing blood is silly. Vet wrap is my best friend :)
 
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