My cat is almost always using her cephalic vein (crook of the elbow) for obvious reasoning. She's shot in the wrist before with success, same with the hands.
When rotating, she keeps in mind that we have veins that are peripheral to the cephalic.
She bangs morphine
daily nowadays, heroin
if she can score (easier for her to get morphine or oxycodone
) and her typical cycle is:
Right cephalic at the crook, right peripheral, left cephalic at the crook, left peripheral, right cephalic higher, left cephalic higher.
That's when she's got clean arms haha
Aside from that, after she may do the hands at the vein along the middle finger, then feet, then groin.
Depends on her state I guess, for instance, her cephalic veins at the moment just look bruised and abused with little remorse or shame... But then she is always stressed right out recently so that makes sense.
Not two weeks ago, she looked as if she may not even use just because it wasn't daily.
Keep in mind the risk of extravasation if that's not been noted. Remember to let the tourniquet go before banging hahaha
When my cat was new at the IVing game, she shot 2cc of diamorphine (2cc for dilution, like). She plunged 2cc's of fluid into her bulging veins, the hit masking the safety bit... She shot too quick, pulled out too quick and didn't release her tourniquet... You can guess how that turned out lmao I swear her vein forced 1/4 of the solution a solid foot in the air.
Now we look back on this shite and she is totally embarrassed about her ignorance
HOWEVER, she missed a shot ONCE and got a lovely SC injection of lorazepam
that burned too much for her liking. Then after the extravasation incident, never fucked up again haha
Two unpleasant experiences right away kind of got the message to her
IV is dangerous and if that's how the user chooses to use, then they must be smart about it!
Sterilize, keep a sharps bin, deliberate. Filtration is key imho
My cat found that the best way to work around the tourniquet is to use something like a tenser bandage, stretch out about two-foot and bite down on the long end. Wrap the bandage firmly around the bicep twice and pull the remaining stretch into the armpit which is used to hold the limp end tight.
Flex hand and make fist, flex arm back two or three times, [sterilize], slap the site a few times if needed.
-Now she found its a lot easier to simply shift her arm to release or at least used to use this method. Now she uses a belt actually, with a similar idea though.