Why dont pets bleed like humans after getting blood drawn?

United States
December 14, 2008 7:11am CST
when humans get blood taken for test they have the band aid and have to put pressure on so it stops the bleeding but at the vets office they take their blood and dont even blot but you dont see the animals bleed afterwards.. wtf?!?! does their blot clot faster?? i mean obviously pets bleed but i have had my blood squirt out of me after blood being drawn and not even a dot of blood show after the pets get it done.. can anyone tell me why?
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
14 Dec 08
Um. I think they do. I know for our cats whe they have gotten blood draw the vet tech always apply pressure, no bandages, but pressure. I take that back when Sigil gets his teeth cleaned & he gets an IV, he does get a bandage on his leg where the IV line was.
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• United States
15 Dec 08
my vet puts maybe 5 seconds of pressure on it and then thats it and they never bleed.. and one is a white cat so it should show on him.. hmm
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
14 Dec 08
I figure you might be talking about a dog, but not sure. I have five dogs and one of them bleeds like crazy when they take blood from her. When I take my dogs to the vet to have blood drawn for the heart worm test, they always apply pressure afterwards and then check to make sure they aren't bleeding. I'm sorry if you aren't talking about dogs. Happy MyLotting! Char
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• United States
14 Dec 08
yeah dog and cats but they at most put 5 seconds of pressure then thats it on mine after drawing blood.. hmm weird
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• United States
15 Jan 09
Do they take the blood in front of you? That surprises me. I work at a veterinary clinic as a veterinary technician, and we rarely will draw blood with the owner present. We will usually hold off at a puncture site for at least 30 seconds, but sometimes it takes longer - I once had to hold off the site for nearly three minutes. It really just depends on the animal (smaller dogs bleed more than big dogs, in my opinion). We will also clean up the animal with hydrogen peroxide to make sure that there is no blood when the pet is returned to the owner. It also depends on the size of needle we use, and where we draw the blood from. We don't draw blood at sites that are common for movement or stress - humans usually give right in the elbow, which they move a lot. We will usually draw from the jugular or the cephalic veins, both areas are places not on a joint. When we have placed an IV catheter and have pulled the catheter, the animal is required to wear a bandage for at least thirty minutes to apply pressure to the site. Sometimes the bandage is left on longer just to ensure that bleeding has stopped. Pets are all different, just like humans - some bleed more than others. We have a joke that white animals will bleed profusely just because blood stands out so starkly against their fur. However, I don't think animals have any extra special clotting ability. They have tough skin and with the right technique of whoever is drawing the blood, they don't bleed much. But they do require some form of pressure for a little bit.
• United States
16 Jan 09
yep i have always had my pets blood taken in front of me and they take it out their front leg.. my cat is white and it doesnt even stain his fur and they dont hold it on long at all.. thats why i was wondering since i figured i would at least see blood on my white cat (other pets are black) and this has been several different offices so surely they would get a bad nurse once in awhile to where i would notice.. hmm my pets are freaks i guess lol
• United States
16 Jan 09
lol! It's okay... there's one in every family.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
29 Dec 08
I never thought about that. I guess I don't bleed very much when I have blood drawn. Maybe animals just have thick skin so the bleeding stops easier when they have blood drawn. My cats have never had blood drawn but they have had shots before.
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• United States
31 Dec 08
maybe it is the thickness of their skin or something
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
15 Dec 08
I never even know this thanks for let me know.
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• United States
16 Dec 08
well apparently my pets are freaks because every one here has said theirs doesnt.. i wonder why mine dont bleed?? i know when i get blood drawn i have had it squirt out of my vein when they didnt put something over it immediately but my pets they do like 5 seconds of pressure and nothing!
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
15 Dec 08
Wait...You bleed? Heck They barely get me to spot when they stick me unless they use a steak knife. Could it possibly the care of the person using the needle? Hmmmm... Maybe we should start going to the vets instead of the H.M.Os.. A flea dip with every doctors visit wouldn't be so bad would it?
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• India
16 Jan 09
i never observed it thanks to you i will try to figure it out happy mylotting