Painful Injection Tips
This is a letter that was posted by Carol. Casey had
decided his injections had become painful and she asked for help.
This is a list of suggestions she received from different members.
Here is a copy of Carol's letter.
A few days ago, I posted a letter on the list about my dog, Casey feeling
lately and asking help from other members. Just wanted everyone to
things are going a lot better around here at shot time. I received
so much help and
great advice from members on this list and I want to share it with anyone
might be experiencing problems at shot time. The following are some
suggestions I received:
1. Do not use alcohol swab before injection...could sting and actually
bacteria into the skin.
2. Vary the injection spot...instead of concentrating on shoulder
and scruff area,
try the sides or hip area.
3. Relax by spending some time petting or massaging him before
4. A few times every day, pinch and pull up the skin so he won't
it as a warning that the needle is coming.
5. Associate injection with something positive...like when he is
give him a treat afterwards.
6. Make sure the contents of the syringe are not cold.
7. Hold the syringe flat, parallel to his body.
8. Try injecting the needle with the bevel side up.
9. Try putting the needle up to the body and touching different spots
totally injecting and see if you can find a less sensitive area to inject
Stay calm in order to keep your pet calm and remember that even though
we hate to cause our companions any discomfort or stress that we are
protecting them from this disease.
more ideas at bottom
I also had my vet check him out...his conclusion was that the area has
gotten tender in the four months...to try the hip area...and to leave off
alcohol swab. So far, the hip area...and above the tail has been
he doesn't even flinch...and we both have calmed down.
Updated on July 12, 2003
Carol & Casey
Here are some additional tips I have learned over the years.
11. Check your needle size this is very
important ... the higher the guage the thinner the
needle. Make sure you are using over a 29 guage needle. Some can also get
away with a shorter needle but with Queenie I had to use a 1/2 inch length
because of her body fat. Now also some needles are easier to use
for each individual person. I always liked monoject for injecting but most
people prefer B & D
||12. Do NOT reuse needles. Here is a picture that B&D put out
showing how a disposable needle looks after multiple uses. Newer thinner,
more comfortable needles are being designed and manufactured. Needles are
described according to length and gauge. Gauge refers to the width of the
needle. The higher the gauge-number the thinner the needle so a 31 gauge
needle is thinner than a 25 gauge needle. To make the width of the needle
smaller, the wall of the needle had to become thinner too. The thinner
walls are strong enough for single use but not for repeated use. These
fine needles that make for a more comfortable injection are easily damaged
with repeated use. See the picture!
13. You do NOT need to pull back on the needle to check for blood before
I do know a lady that had to muzzle her dog for shots and unfortunately
that never changed but as Rhonda said for something that had to be done
twice a day and only lasted a couple minutes it was well worth keeping
her Missy with her. Queenie never even turned around when injected (most
of the time sometimes I hit a sensitive area and would immediately try
Where are you currently giving the shots??? Did you try above
the tail area over the back?
It was a less tender spot for Queen.
Take care and hug your furbaby today.
P.S.Blackie thanks you for the info-he especially likes the part
where you tell us to pet them first and also where you say to give the
shot while eating or with a treat.Yummy.Makes his shots not so bad.I actually
think he looks forward to them.He waits for them and expects a treat afterwards,which
makes it easy.
From Cathy & Blackie
Updated on February 11, 2004
There is an injection tool that works wonderfully for shots.
We started using it last summer when Peter also began attacking and biting
at shot time. Your pharmacist can order one for you if he doesn't
It gives an audible click when you push the button to inject. You can
de-sensitize her by practicing - tell her in a happy tone "shot time" and
put the empty tool on the tented skin and click it. Give her a treat
she should figure out quickly that it doesn't hurt and the click means
a treat. You inject into the tent just the same as with the plain
syringe. We also tried force and a muzzle and that made him even more scared
and determined to resist. Plenty of reassuring and treats convinced
him it was really OK.
Good luck, I know that the inject-ease saved Peter's life.
Jeanie & Peter (dd dx 11/01)
Many thanks to the people on the list who had discussed the inject-ease
in the past. I was very glad to know it existed when I needed it.
Maybe a link or some info on Judy's website could help others find out
Here is a shorter address, and a search there on inject-ease will bring
up more info about it.
BD™ INJECT-EASE® Automatic Injector
Designed specifically for the person who fears needles or has difficulty
reaching some injection sites, the BD™ INJECT-EASE® Automatic Injector
holds and conceals a filled insulin syringe. The needle is inserted into
the skin at the touch of a button.
The BD™ Automatic Injector is made for use with the BD Micro-Fine™ IV
and BD Ultra-Fine™ 1 cc, 1/2 cc and 3/10 cc insulin syringes.
When this device is used with a 3/10 cc syringe, the needle length is
reduced from 1/2" to 3/8". People should consult with their doctor before
deciding to use this device with a 3/10 cc syringe.
The BD™ Automatic Injector holds a filled syringe and inserts the needle
into the skin at the touch of a button.
You still need to press down on the syringe plunger to inject the insulin.
Complete directions are available through BD Consumer Services Department
The BD™ Automatic Injector can be purchased at any pharmacy. If the
product is not on the shelf, it can be ordered by the pharmacist. The price
of the injector will vary from pharmacy to pharmacy.
BD Catalog # 328245
NDC/HRI # 08290-3282-45
Another Injector has been brought to my attention
Inject-EaseTM: Pet Injections Made Easy
Re-usable device that makes pet subcutaneous injections easy. Simply
place a loaded
syringe in the Inject-Ease, place the tip against the skin, and press
the button to automatically deliver the needle through the skin.
You control the rate at which the medicine is injected.
Usable with subcutaneous injection treaments, including
diabetes and other conditions
Special tip & technique- helps reduce the pain by
masking the needle puncture
One button use provides aid to the pet owner with limited
dexterity and coordination
One press of the button inserts the needle through the
skin automatically and easily
Allows use of different size insulin syringes-works with
30, 50, or 100 unit syringes
Spacer rings allow to vary the injection depth
Quiet so it does not startle the pet
Easy to practice injection technique to increase confidence
Stabilizes the device on the skin to reduce early withdrawal
and loss of fluid
Affordable with 2 year warranty
A link to their website and how to purchase
This page was updated on June 3, 2012