Thursday, September 8, 2011

FEATURE: Feline check-up


Ellie Eckstein of Jasper, 72, left, inspected a needle to see if she drew enough blood from Brett, a five-month-old golden-white tabby cat, that Betty Fendel of Jasper, 66, held down to ensure the cat stay calm while checking for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) Wednesday afternoon at the Dubois County Humane Society. Brett's blood test came back negative, meaning he is healthy and adoptable. The organization will not adopt out pets that are diseased, and are able to save money by testing the animals themselves. Eckstein, a medical technician for more than 40 years, said drawing blood from a cat or dog is definitely a different challenge than that of humans. "(The animals) veins aren't as large as human's are, so you really have to hunt for them, but they sit still, unlike most people," she said, laughing. Both Eckstein and Fendel are board members at the humane society.

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