DOG HANDLING, INJECTIONS, & BLOOD COLLECTION: Handling: •Use a leash to remove a dog from the animal holding room. oSmaller dogs can be carried •Talk to the dog with a calm and reassuring voice •Use room 315 for examination, treatments, and non-surgical procedures Restraint: •Most procedures that are performed on dogs require 2 people oOne person should focus on calming and restraining the dog oThe other person performs the procedure •Note the appropriate restraint techniques below oThe person restraining the dog has a firm, stable hold on the upper body of the dog oooThe restrainer’s left arm is reaching over the top of the body to stabilize the leg and act as a temporary tourniquet for the blood collection procedure oThe restrainer’s right arm is hugging the head and neck snuggly, but gently oThe dog’s head should be directed away from fingers or faces oTalking to the dog in a calm and reassuring voice is an effective way to provide distraction from the discomfort of the procedure
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Restraint for venipuncture with alternate positioning. The restrainer’s forearm is hugging the dog’s head and all hands and fingers are away from the dog’s mouth. •An alternative way to restrain a dog is in the lateral position (pictured below) •This position is used for procedures such as neurological examinations or an electrocardiogram •The technician's arm is kept over the dog's cervical area to prevent it from jumping up. •The legs closest to the table are held. •Most dogs lay quietly in this position, particularly if they are accustomed to it.