If you have received this handout, it is because your pet is being sent home with an IV catheter in place. If you do not feel comfortable with this for any reason, please let us know and it will be removed.
If we are suggesting it be left in place overnight, it is because we know that it will be needed tomorrow or at least know that that is a distinct possibility. In some pets, especially if they are diabetic or have had other health problems, their veins are in poor condition and placement of the catheter can be challenging. Due to the anatomy of some breeds, access to veins can also be more difficult. If we know the catheter will soon be needed again, it seems nicer to your pet to leave it in place than to have to re-catheterize again tomorrow.
These are almost always in a front leg and it will be covered with a colored bandage. You do not need to specifically care for the catheter in any way. All that we ask is that you keep it wrapped and that the bandaging material be kept clean and dry.
Your pet should only go outdoors briefly and with supervision (i.e., on a leash) to urinate or defecate. There should be no running, jumping, etc. with the catheter in place. If it is raining outdoors, it is best to cover the bandage with a waterproof material such as Saran Wrap.
Make sure that the bandage does not get too tight and that the toes are not swollen at all.
If there are any questions or concerns at all, please contact us. If it is after hours, you can call the clinic for directions on how to reach Dr. Jones. Alternatively, you could contact your regular veterinarian or emergency hospital.