Giving Injections

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Giving injections sounds intimidating but is easier than you may think. Insulin is the most common medication given by injection.

  1. Following our instructions, draw the appropriate amount of medication into the syringe.
  2. Tap trapped air bubbles until they rise to the top of the syringe then expel them until the first drop of medicine emerges from the tip of the needle.
  3. If injecting your dog, command it to "sit" and "stay". If injecting your cat, simply hold it still and proceed to the next step.
  4. While speaking calmly to it, grasp a fold of skin on the neck, just above and forward to the shoulder blades. (This is a relatively insensitive part of the skin.)
  5. With a steady movement, insert the needle through the skin into the tissue under the skin and above the underlying muscle (subcutaneous region) draw back to ensure you are not in a blood vessel then squeeze the contents of the syringe into the space. There should be little resistance. If there is, the needle may still be in the skin itself, or in muscle underneath. (In some circumstances we may instruct you to give injections directly into the muscles of the hind leg.)
  6. Praise your dog's good behaviour and give a food reward.

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