Vekkie's Diabetes Playground(16KB)

Last updated: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 08:20:48
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Select Injection Site

Back is ideal; scruff may be used

Rotate or alternate injection sites

Second Revision, Sunday, 18 January 2009; 08:12

Where on the body to inject

[cw4068-backscruffinj.jpg] Inject along the back if possible; otherwise, scruff

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Ideal locations for injecting insulin are along the back

My vets tell me that anywhere from about the "withers" (shoulder-blades) back toward the tail, down to about the area above the belly-tuck-up - if your dog has one - is about right for injecting insulin under the skin. I show the ideal area in the picture here as white "saddle-blankets."

It can be very tempting to inject into the scruff as shown in the "red collar" on Kwali in the picture here. The temptation arises because it's so easy to hike up - that is, lift up - enough skin to inject into, from the scruff area.

However, it is said that insulin isn't absorbed as well from the scruff area as it is from along the back,

In a pinch, you can inject into the scruff

Sometimes it is difficult to pinch up skin to make a tent along the back. This can happen if your dog is very thin. In that situation, you can inject into the scruff instead.

Keep in mind that you don't need to hike up a large amount of skin. Just a little will do. You will be aiming the tip of the needle at the base of the "tent" that you lift up, perpendicular to the long axis of the tent (if it has a long axis). Assess with your eye whether the tent is wide enough so the needle won't go right through and come out on the other side of the tent.

The location you want to reach with the tip of the needle is the fat layer (if any) right under the skin. Some dogs have practically no fat at all, but if you're under the skin, and not coming out on the other side of the tent, your injection should be fine.

Assess with your eye, also, the angle at which you hold the syringe just before sliding it under the skin. Experience will teach you! When in doubt, you can ask your vet or tech to demonstrate for you again.

Rotate and alternate injection sites!

Injecting causes slight scarring. The thinner the needle, the less scarring is likely; however, some scarring is inevitable after many injections. To avoid developing too many scars in one location, it's good to alternate and rotate the site into which you inject.

It's helpful to be systematic about where you inject. You can alternate sides, and choose a bit farther down the "saddle-back," with each injection.

Consult your veterinarian!

Some people, and some web sites, some message boards and email lists, mention other possible areas for injecting insulin.

Remember that it is your veterinarian who is your teammate, and do consult your vet for assistance in determining the best site for injecting your own dog.

Vekkie Says!

Check all information with your vet!

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INSULIN INJECTIONS. Injection time is sacrosanct time. Double-check your dose. When in doubt, check with your veterinarian. Dispose of hazardous waste safely. Insulin is extremely powerful stuff, and your dog or cat depends on you to pay attention when you inject.
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