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Handling & Restraint


Acrylic Rodent Restrainer Used for rats and mice venipuncture. A clear plastic tube with holes drilled into it that holds a small rodent.
Bull Staff A restraint for cattle that consists of a long-handled metal rod with a large hook at one end that clips to the nose ring, helping to restrain the head.
Casting Rope This is used to place an enclosed animal on it's side.
Cat Bag A restraint that is designed to enclose the cat's body - making it feel safe - while providing access to the treatment areas.
Catching Hook A hook used to catch chickens and turkeys. It's about 5 inches long and attaches to a long-handled pole.
Cattle Chute A place to examine cattle. It's only large enough to hold one at a time.
Cephalic Vein Venipuncture site on the front of the foreleg.
Chain Shank A long leather lead or rope with about a 2 foot length of chain and a snap hook at one end.
Chain Twitch or Rope Twitch Used to restrain a horse. Different from the Chain Shank! This is a long wooden handle with a loop of stainless-steel chain at one end. It goes on the lip (also called a lip twitch) and stimulates the nerves.
Chemical Restraint Using sedatives, tranquilizers, and anesthetics on an animal. Usually the last resort.
Cross-Tie This is a restraint that restricts side-to-side head movement by tying two ropes to the halter and to cross-tie rings either on sturdy walls or in the trailer.
Fetal Hold Grasping a cat by the scruff of the neck.
Forceps This instrument grasps small rodents and allows transportation from one cage to another.
Halter Made up of a nose band and a throat latch. It encircles the head allowing you to attach a lead to it.
Head Snare A long metal or heavy plastic, tubular handle with a thick retractable wire inside of it. It forms a large loop which is put over the animals head and quickly tightened. This doesn't hurt the animal.
Hobble A leather strap fastened around an animal's legs to restrict their movement.
Hurdle Flat piece of wood (usually around 3 feet) that is used to direct groups of pigs into the designated area.
Jugular Vein Venipuncture site in the front of the neck.
Lateral Recumbency (or Reclining Restraint) Placing the animal on it's side.
Lead A leash - you can attach it to a halter and guide the animal.
Manual Restraint Using your hands to restrain an animal.
Mechanical Restraint Using things like leashes, collars, restraint bags, poles, etc.
Milking Hobbles Two metal bands that are connected by chain used to prevent a cow from kicking.
Muzzle Anything applied around the animal's nose and mouth to prevent biting.
Nasal Septum The tissue between the nose.
Occlude In Venipuncture this means you are blocking off a vein by holding and pressing on it with your finger. This allows blood to pool in the vein.
Pig Catcher A long-handled, large clamp with a rope that holds the ends of the clamp shut.
Restraint Gloves Heavy gloves (something like leather), used to handle cats.
Saphenous Vein Venipuncture site on the outer surface of the hind leg.
Slip Leash A simple leash made of flat or braided nylon designed to tighten momentarily the way a training collar does.
Snubbing Rope A rope with a loop at one end, tied with a slip know so that the loop can be tightened, designed to help restrain a captured pig's head.
Stanchion Part of the cattle shoot - this is where the head sits. It helps to hold it in one place.
Sternum The breastbone.
Sternal Recumbancy Animal is laid flat on it's sternum at the edge of the table; it's forelegs extend off the edge of the table.
Stocks Narrow enclosures that partially immobilize a horse for treatment.
Tail Jacking Used to prevent the animal from kicking, this restrains an animal for minor technical procedures. It involves lifting the tail up in the line with the animal's spine to prevent fracturing the vertebrae.
Tail Tying Different from Tail Jacking, this involves tying an animal's tail out of the way for certain procedures.
Training Collar Stainless-steel links with a ring at each end, forming a collar designed to tighten momentarily with a short, firm tug.
Venipuncture Puncturing a vein to collect blood, administer medication, or pass a catheter.
V-trough A "V"-shaped trough usually made of plywood used to restrain a pig on its back.
Cradle Used on horses. It's a device that is made of wooden slats or rods woven together that goes around the horse's neck to keep it straight and prevent it from chewing at itself.
Head Catch Part of the stall or chute that traps the cattle by the head.
Mouth Gag A wedge-shaped structure that prevents a horse from biting down while someone is examining or treating its mouth.
Nose Tongs A cattle-restraint device that grasps the center of the nose to permit head control.
Scruff (scruffing) Grasping the loose skin behind an animal's neck; often used as a restraint for rabbits, cats, and ferrets.
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