- Resources and references
- Abdominal/thoracic sampling in other animals
- All blood sampling techniques in the guinea pig
Appropriate for all strains, this is a suitable technique to obtain a single, large, good quality blood sample from a euthanised guinea pig or a guinea pig under terminal anaesthesia. A sample volume of 10 - 15ml can be collected depending on the size of the guinea pig. As the heart is not punctured, this technique can be used where it is necessary to avoid damage to the heart.
Blood is collected either from the abdominal aorta, caudal or dorsal aorta or vena cava via a laparotomy or thoracotomy. Removal of connective tissue and application of finger pressure may be necessary to dilate the vessel. Blood should be withdrawn slowly to prevent the vessel collapsing. Deep surgical anaesthesia is necessary unless the guinea pig is dead.
|Number of samples||One|
|Sample volume||Up to 15 ml, depending on the size of the guinea pig.|
|Equipment||19G - 21G needle|
|Staff resource||One person is required to take the blood sample.|
- A good practice guide to the administration of substances and removal of blood, including routes and volumes.
- McClure DE (1999), Clinical pathology and sample collection in the laboratory rodent. The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. 2(3), pp 565-590, vi
- Ness RD (1999), Clinical pathology and sample collection of exotic small animals. The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. 2(3), pp 591-620