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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2001 Sep 15;219(6):809-10, 764.

Use of the subcutaneous abdominal vein for blood sampling and intravenous catheterization in potbellied pigs.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, George D. Widener Large Animal Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square 19348, USA.


The subcutaneous abdominal vein was used successfully to deliver fluids IV after catheterization and as a means of blood collection in 6 potbellied pigs of various body sizes and types. Because a 16-gauge catheter could be easily introduced into the vein, a large volume of fluid could be administered rapidly. Most pigs were highly tolerant of blood collection from this vein, and little restraint was required. The catheters remained in place for as long as 1 week, and no serious sequelae resulted from catheterization of the subcutaneous abdominal vein.

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