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Giving Injections To Cats

Certain medical conditions can be controlled by the use of drugs that are only available in an injectable format. Two of these conditions are diabetes mellitus, which is controlled by daily insulin injections, and certain allergies, which are controlled by regular injections of allergenic extracts. In many cases, cat owners are willing and able to administer these medications at home. If you decide to provide this treatment to your cat, your veterinarian will review the specific administration technique and make sure that you are comfortable with it. The following questions and answers may help you make your decision. Will the injection hurt my cat? Most cats don't seem to mind routine injections. Disposable single-use needles ensure that the needle tip is very sharp to minimize pain. Your veterinarian will prescribe the appropriate needles and syringes for your pet's needs. What happens if my cat moves when I give the injection? "Some clients find that it is easier to give their cat an injection while he is eating a meal." Ideally have someone assist you while you give the injection, especially when you are just learning how to do it. Try offering the pet a special food or treat a Continue reading >>

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  1. busywomen

    insulin pen injections are painful

    hi i am having a problem lately doing my insulin with some pain i use novolin Rapid and NPH insulin with 6mm needles
    Any help would be great

  2. imagine

    Hi, have you been shown how to inject your insulin? where are you injecting stomach or leg?I currently use an 8mm needle and no pain at all, sometimes when i go to inject i have a little sting if that happens i change my site until i feel nothing, maybe you try that method.

  3. Buffy the BGL Slayer

    Sometimes it hurts because you are injecting where there are nerves near the surface. Often a couple of mm over it will be just fine. What I do is press the needle lightly to the skin and if I feel a bit of a twinge then I move the needle over a tiny bit and inject there.
    Sometimes going for the finest available needle thickness helps- I use a 8mm 31G for rapid and a 12mm 28G for Lantus. I find that Lantus stings more with a finer needle and needs to be put in just a little bit deeper. Maybe you need to go for a longer needle for your rapid as well- skin is usually thicker than 12mm so it's OK to use a 12mm even if you are really thin.
    Another trick you can try is to pinch the skin up and hold it firmly before you inject and inject into the pinched up skin.

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