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

Brandy Terry, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Follow these steps to place a cephalic catheter

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