I've drawn blood on animals before, so I know the technique and what to do. But toady threw me a curveball that I was not expecting. Everything is OK, thankfully. Drawing blood is pretty easy, but sometimes doesn't go smoothly, as I found out today.
Since I want to test my herd for CL, CAE, and Johne's disease, I needed to start drawing samples. So I started with Artie, my boer wether. Got him on the milk stand, gave him treats and a brushing, then got to work. The fur on his neck is quite thin, so I didn't need to shave a patch. And his jugular vein is very prominent and palpable. All is going well. NOT!
I broke the seal on the syringe, stuck him, and got a flash in the syringe (I use a needle and luer lock, rather than a vacutainer and accompanying needle, I just distrubute blood into the vacutainers with the syringe afterward), and drew. I got what I needed, yay!
Except when I withdrew, there was a cascade
of blood! A few drops is normal and I always put on light pressure until it stops, but this was much more. I thanked my lucky stars I had no nicked an artery, but it took some time and significant pressure until it stopped. I am sure if the neighbors had popped over to borrow at tool at that moment, they would have thought I was a goat vampire or something. I was kneeling on the milkstand next to him with both hands pressed on his neck, with blood everywhere. I am certain it looked like more spilled out than actually did (a few mLs plus the splatter effect when they fall), but it was still freaky.
I am also glad Artie remained cool during all this. And the bleeding did stop within a few minutes. So now he is outside again sporting a gauze bandage held in place with pink wrapping. On the plus side, I did get all the blood I needed for the testing.