question about injection site

Mar2732
By Mar2732 Latest Reply 2009-11-03 15:53:31 -0600
Started 2009-11-01 19:47:24 -0600

Hi everyone,
I give my dog 2 injections a day in the scruff of his neck on his upper back. I inject on the left side in the morning and the right side at night using the 1 - 12 clock face on his back. His skin seems to be getting tough and sometimes he either yelps or I can't get the needle in his skin. He also pulls away when I am almost at the end of the injection. I was wondering if anyone can tell me if there is something I can do to make his skin not so tough that would be safe for a dog. Also if when you inject your insulin if you can feel, I don't know how to explain it, maybe like pressure under the skin or something so that would make him pull away from me. Sometimes I can't get the whole 12 units in him and my doctor said that I can't give him anymore because I wouldn't know for sure how much he received. I hope my questions made sense, it's hard with an animal, they can't tell us what hurts or not. Mar


3 replies

Mar2732
Mar2732 2009-11-02 13:44:31 -0600 Report

The needle is a BD Ultra-Fine 3/10 mL cc capacity, 12.7 mm length, 30G gauge. Thanks for the site, I'll look into it.

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-11-03 15:53:31 -0600 Report

except for the capacity, I use the same needle. Try to go in side ways so that you are in fat, do not go in straight and hit the muscle.

Good luck.

cussinwolf
cussinwolf 2009-11-02 11:06:51 -0600 Report

go to petdiabetes.wikia.com. The exact address of the injection info is petdiabetes.wikia.com/wiki/injecting_insulin. Excellent site for diabetes in animals. What size needle are you using?

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