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How to administer syringe medication to dogs

By Edited Jul 21, 2015 0 2

Questions and answers to giving medications to dogs

 Are you a dog owner that just wants a few tips on how to give your dog syringe administered medications? this article will deal with the questions and the procedure to giving your pet their much-needed meds.

 The main three categories of application are liquid oral, liquid syringe and solid oral. Here we will deal with liquid syringe. For ease of use, each paragraph deals with a different question as it's heading. so you can go right to the problem area for you and your pet.

 What is liquid syringe medication?

 Liquid syringe medication is used to administer insulin, vaccines, as well as many other needed meds for your pet to live a long happy life.

 Is it safe?

 Yes, this form of medication is safe and works quickly as it is injected directly into the blood stream.

What if my pet get lumps from getting a shot?

 This is possible that your pet may develop lumps at the area he/she was injected. This is not something to worry about. The skin is just reacting to the medicine and usually this will disappear in a few days.

How do I fill a syringe?

 Normally medication that are for injecting into the skin are put in bottles with a rubber seal. Simply  push the needle through the rubber and into the medication. Turn the bottle up-side down and pull back on the plunger to the desired amount of medication. If bubbles occur pull the plunger back a little more and then flick the syringe gently with your finger (this with the syringe still pointing up). Push out the bubbles and any excess medication.

 Where do I give the shot?

 Depending on the kind of medication there are different areas that you dog may it administered. Insulin shots may be given between the shoulder blades on your pets back. Always talk to your Vet before giving medications.

 How deep do I go?

 This also depends on the area that it is to be applied, the length of needle. ect. If your dog has thin skin, you may need to gently pinch the skin between your fingers in order for the needle not to go too far. However, if your dog has thick skin you may skip this part of the procedure.

Thank you for reading! Good luck to you and your pet.




Jan 13, 2012 8:43pm

Do you have to really restrain the dog or do they take it pretty well usually?
Jan 13, 2012 9:23pm
If your dog is hyper (and large) you may need a hand just because the dog will want to twist around and see "what's that?what's that?". But really, I've seen dog after dog wag their tail just a split second after a shot seemingly forgeting all about the little poke. While others wag their tails right through it. :-) It really depends on the dog. Some dogs don't take it well (meaning they would howel or complain)but there were few of those that I ever saw. And I worked at a veterinary clinic. :-) the most important thing to remember is that they need the medication and as you are responsible for their health you need to give them what they need whether or not they understand it all.
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