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I read on this website that you can send in blood to be tested. Of course they recommend that you use a vet. But it costs soooo much $$$ here that testing is out of the question for me unless I can find a cheaper way. Here is the site: http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts_waddl/caefaq.aspx

If you have done this how did you ship the blood to them? This was the part I was a little confused on. :shrug:
 

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Ok thanks. I drew the blood today. It wasn't hard. I have watched the vet draw horse blood plenty of times and I am trained in Phlebotomy so it was really easy! You just shave their neck, place your finger firmly on their neck and the vein will pop right out at you. My mom held while I stuck. Everyone was good except Star who had to twist and turn and scream. Only got about 2 cc's. We will see if thats enough.

Now if I could just trade disbudding with someone.....

Oh and they talk about discount shipping if you give ups a certain number?
 

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Oh also, If I vaccinated for CL then they would come up positive for cl right, cause they have the antibodies :shrug: ? So I shouldn't get the CL test done right?
 

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Drawing blood is really easy! Star was the only one who screamed and cried over the whole thing. The others just stood there and looked for the next treat coming their way! If anything they hated the shaving of their neck more than the actual stick!

You can get the vacutainer tubes from pbs animal health.
 

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I used a 23 gauge butterfly for humans but you can just use a syringe and then stick that into the vacutainer once you get the blood.

You just need one tube of blood but if you are getting a bunch of tests done then I would order 10cc vacutainers, which is a bigger size than what I used. I used a 7 cc one but I could have gotten away with just 3 cc's.
 

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It depends on the size of the goat but yeah its pretty big. I will see if I can get some pictures for you tomorrow. You need to press your fingers or thumb firmly against there neck just below where you want to stick. You should see a nice big vein pop up. Just like on people some goats have easier to find veins than others. I prefer the butterfly needles because you get a flash of blood in the hub when you enter the vein. With the other needles you just need to guess and poke around more.
 
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