Haha, well if it makes you feel better I suck at sub Q shots! I can practically do it blindfolded on puppies and dogs, but make me have to do a sub Q on any other animal FORGET IT! The muscle is just soooo much easier! I mean, I can do sub Q, but I'm slow with it, and not easy at all if they are dehydrated.
Ever try to do a sub Q shot on a pig!? The animals with NO loose skin? Absolutely impossible! Can't be done, I swear it.
But a vein, those things are everywhere , the leg, the neck, the face...
I ordered the kit from Bio-tracking..tried a few goats..made them scream...then waited a year to try again lol..A friend came and showed me how to do it and I did 11 Does in less than 30 minutes..: )
have a calm helper hold your goat by standing over them and gently lifting its head up and to one side..not too tight..you sit in front of your goat..( i used a kids chair lol) put your thumb on the large vein while wrapping the rest of your hand around the neck for support...I used the double needle with a tube thingie lol..while holding the vein with your thumb tap the vein to get a good bulge..place the needle in a almost laying down position ready to go upward into the vein..count to three so your CALM partner is prepared...Push the needle in and as soon as you see blood push the tube into the second needle..remove your thumb, back tub off the needle and then gentle remove the needle from the vein while putting a bit of pressure on the puncture.....Your done..: ) its alot faster than reading all this lol...if you choose to use a syringe method...do everything the same..but once you hit the vein, pull back the plunger... remove thumb and put pressure on the puncture spot..with draw needle..insert your needle into a red top tube ...
Best of luck ...you can do it
$6 per test for pregnancy, just make sure you read the shipping instructions very carefully. I order my vials/needles from them too. Drawing blood is not easy, at least it wasn't easy for me to learn..especially using the needles Biotracking sells as you clip the tube on AFTER you hit the vein and blood is shooting out the other end of the needle. If you aren't fast its everywhere, and if you accidentally remove the needle from the skin before there is enough blood you ruin the vacuum and have to start over. Definitely a learning curve, and very difficult on anything but tame goats. I forced myself to figure it out, and now I usually only have to stab the poor dears 2-3 times before I get the vein correctly, got a lot of first time vials filled this last season though. Lots of practice, but its well worth the money you save if you can handle it, and Biotracking is very fast and accurate..I love them and use them for CAE testing too. I would go on Youtube and watch people draw blood with goats, OR I would have a vet come out and draw blood on a few for you and see if they'll show you how. Mine is so nice, he was glad to give me a tutorial while he did the first few I needed to be tested. Of course you have to pay for the vet to draw blood on those few, but noting compares to watching first hand as far as learning goes.
Thanks for all your post I guess ill be getting me some needles and trying it it doesn't sound too bad and way cheaper than I'd expected so do most local vets not do this or is it just expensive ? I'd just like to be sure if the doe we got is bred or not for sure so we can know when to expect them does it say how far along they are ?
Thats what is great about Bio tracking...they do give you a gestation estimate ....The doe needs to be 30 at least from the last day she was with a buck...and my as well ask for CAE while you're at it if it hasnt already been done. CAE is $4