Poke troubleshooting

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (The Main Forum)' started by Helene and Santino, Oct 28, 2017.

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  1. Helene and Santino

    Helene and Santino New Member

    Oct 24, 2017
    I am happy to announce Santino has emerged from hiding and is napping on the rug next to me. He was at 227 on the ReliOn with 3 hours to go until his insulin. (My understanding is this is about 350 on the pet glucometer? I guess it could be worse. At least the insulin is doing something.)

    I noticed that at times when I poke his ear he all but gushes blood, and at other times (like his traumatic experience last night) he hardly bled at all. Is that ok? Am I doing something wrong?
  2. Chris & China

    Chris & China Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2013
    Are you warming his ear up before you poke? That can really help!!

    If you continue to poke in the same basic area, new capillaries will grow into the area and make it easier and easier to get blood, but at first, it can really be a "hit and miss" thing.

    If it's "gushing", you may be hitting the vein, which hurts! It's better to make sure the ear is warm and poke in the "sweet spot"
    sweet spot diagram.PNG
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