You're more than welcome, Scott. Personally, I was 'just' blown away by the group leaders' and experienced members' level of caring, compassion and technical knowledge that was being shared among participants there. I was able to witness cats' lives being enhanced and, in some cases, saved from immediate 'final Vet visits'. Back then it was a very busy group...I understand it's even more active nowadays....so, be assertive to ensure you're seen and heard there! (btw, it's a 24/7/365 service!)
The 'no-restraint-blood-draw' thing worries me.........I have read accounts of cats being severely injured during blood draws from the neck (jugular injuries). Personally, I always ensure that blood draws are done from another area, usually a leg vein/artery. My recommendation for you is to do the same for Tina. Without any form of sedation, again, I'd say that you may need to be extra assertive....some vet-tech staff are known to be extremely "head-strong" - translation: obstinate - in their medical practices and resistant to procedural change. Perhaps make this an issue with the Vet and, have it highlighted in/on the file.
Keep us posted.
Last edited by marie73; 03-15-2017 at 03:37 PM.