Internal Medicine
Peer Reviewed

Overview
Intravenous (IV) indwelling catheters are commonly used in dogs and cats for ease of various drug and fluid administration. They are placed in either peripheral or central veins and may be maintained for days if the site has been sterilely prepared and is inspected daily.

Uses
• Routine fluid administration
• Drug administration, including emergency drugs
• Administering blood products and colloids
• Measurement of central venous pressure
• Facilitation of blood draws in patients requiring multiple tests or with very poor vein access
• Total parenteral nutrition administration


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