How to Tape an IV Catheter on a Dog

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Step 1: Preparing the Dog

Start by selecting a clean, well-lit area for the procedure. Make sure to have all the necessary supplies nearby, including a properly sized IV catheter, tape, and any additional materials recommended by your veterinarian. Restrain the dog gently but securely, ensuring their comfort and safety throughout the process.

Step 2: Securing the Catheter

Begin by gently cleaning the insertion site with an antiseptic solution, following your veterinarian’s instructions. Allow the area to dry completely before proceeding. Once dry, carefully insert the IV catheter into the vein, maintaining a steady hand to minimize discomfort for the dog.

Step X: Finishing Touches

Once the IV catheter is securely in place, use medical-grade tape to secure it to the dog’s limb. Start by wrapping the tape in a figure-eight pattern around the catheter hub, ensuring it is tightly secured but not too tight to restrict blood flow. Additionally, tape the catheter to the limb along its path to provide extra stability.

Troubleshooting and Additional Tips

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