Give a dog an intramuscular injection by locating the injection site, swabbing the area with alcohol, inserting the needle into the muscle and pushing the syringe plunger to inject the medicine into the muscle, states Cold River Veterinary Center. Once the needle is inserted into the muscle, pull back slightly on the syringe. If blood comes back into the syringe, the needle hit a vein, and the needle must be removed. Administering a medication designed for intramuscular injections into the bloodstream may cause a severe allergic reaction.Know More
Washington State University recommends using one of three injection sites. It is possible to give a dog an intramuscular injection in the tricep muscle above the front leg, in the quadricep muscle in the dog's rear leg, or in the dorsal lumbar muscles next to the spine near the dog's hips, according to Washington State University. Ask the veterinarian how to find the injection site and give an injection before attempting the procedure, advises WebMD.
Since dogs may move during the injection, Cold River Veterinary Center recommends having an assistant hold the dog while another person gives the injection. After injecting the medication, massage the injection site to help disperse the medication. In addition, document each injection, and monitor the dog for any adverse reactions to the medication.Learn more about Veterinary Health
Scott & White Healthcare states that a needle gauge between 22 and 25 is ideal for an intramuscular injection. The needle length varies depending on the size and age of the individual receiving the injection, but gauge does not matter.Full Answer >
Dogs can take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but they should not be given the human version of these medications, according to WebMD. Special drugs are manufactured specifically to treat pain in dogs, such as meloxicam, deracoxib, firocoxib, tepoxalin and carprofen. In some cases, a vet may approve short-term use of aspirin.Full Answer >
Ear infections in dogs are treated with antibiotics, anti-fungal and steroid medications, according to the ASPCA. When a dog shows symptoms such as discharge, head shaking, loss of hearing or balance, redness, swelling, or odor in the ears, contact a veterinarian immediately. These symptoms require professional diagnosis before treatment.Full Answer >
The active ingredient in Tylenol, acetaminophen, is toxic to dogs and should never be given to them unless under supervision by a trained veterinarian. While Tylenol is a relatively safe and popular pain reliever for human beings, dogs differ radically in their ability to metabolize the drug.Full Answer >