Where do you take a cats blood from?


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Where do you take a cats blood from? Is it normal to get your cat back from the vet all wet from alcohol?

LeeAnn Cash


Hi – thanks for your email. Your question is about is blood drawn from in a cat? The most common area is the neck – from the jugular vein. If small samples are needed, the inside of a back leg can be used. If a really small sample is needed, an ear vein can even be used.

They commonly wet the hair with alcohol. It is not uncommon for the hair to be wet with alcohol after a cat has had blood drawn.

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.