Step-by-step photo gallery: How to place a cephalic catheter

Feb 10, 2010

The cephalic catheter is the most common IV catheter placed in dogs and cats. This article will help you brush up on your technique.

To place a cephalic catheter, gather the following items:

1. Clippers

2. Cleaning solutions such as chlorihexdine, povidone-iodine, or alcohol

3. Appropriate-size IV catheter
a. 24-ga for puppies and kittens
b. 22-ga for cats and small dogs
c. 20-ga for medium-sized dogs
d. 18-ga large dogs

4. T-set adaptor or injection cap

5. Tape to secure the IV catheter in place.

Now follow the photos with instructions below:

More in this package:
Step 1: Clip the area
Step 2: Locate the cephalic vein
Step 3: Disinfect the area
Step 4: Insert the catheter
Step 5: Troubleshoot catheter placement
Step 6: See final catheter placement
Step 7: Place T-set adaptor
Step 8: See final T-set placement
Step 9: Tape catheter