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I have been giving my own as most of us have like 4 EVER just want to make sure that I am using the proper procedure or does it matter.
I lift the skin off of the rear of the neck and insert the needle --the vets just seem to inject it strait into the rear Ham

??? which is correct


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My vet buddy taught me to do it like you are saying. He says "pitch a tent" above the withers, push the needle in, pull it back slightly to make sure you don't have a vein, then shoot it. After you remove the needle, put a finger on the spot you shot and kinda rub it around a second.

I think for an amateur that gives shots once a year, the shoulders are probably the most forgiving since there is so much extra skin. For the vets that do it every day, they can probably do it about anywhere pretty easily.
 

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I do it the way you do it. That is called Subcutaneous or Sub-Q (under the skin) then there is Intramuscular (in the ham). Most all injections will tell you which way it needs to be done on the package or bottle. Most Sub-Q works, but Penicillin is one of the only ones that is intramuscular on the dogs.
 

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I also do it under the skin above the neck. Have always done it that way. Like stated by Spini Boys, only injection I give intramuscular is Penicillin. Yes, a Vet is well educated in giving shots and can give even the intramuscular shots without the dog noticing it. I am not successful at that. When my sons dog sees a syringe he goes crazy and growls and wants to bite. At the Vet office , Now that we are back in Phase Two under Covid regulations the Vet comes to your vehicle unless it is absolutely necessary to enter his building. I brought my sons dog for his Heart Pro 6 shot expecting to see a fight at the truck. I told the Vet how he hates shots and syringes, probably was on his health record already, as he told me to turn him facing the opposite direction. Before I could finish doing it the shot was done and over with dog never noticed. WOW!!! All I could say is "When you know your business" !!!!!
 

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I also do it under the skin above the neck. Have always done it that way. Like stated by Spini Boys, only injection I give intramuscular is Penicillin. Yes, a Vet is well educated in giving shots and can give even the intramuscular shots without the dog noticing it. I am not successful at that. When my sons dog sees a syringe he goes crazy and growls and wants to bite. At the Vet office , Now that we are back in Phase Two under Covid regulations the Vet comes to your vehicle unless it is absolutely necessary to enter his building. I brought my sons dog for his Heart Pro 6 shot expecting to see a fight at the truck. I told the Vet how he hates shots and syringes, probably was on his health record already, as he told me to turn him facing the opposite direction. Before I could finish doing it the shot was done and over with dog never noticed. WOW!!! All I could say is "When you know your business" !!!!!
I notice that the Vets give the Rabies shot in the Rear

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American animal hospital association guidelines which are followed by DVMs:


Combination vaccine administered as:

MLV or Recombinant Canine Distemper Virus
  • MLV Parvovirus
  • MLV Adenovirus-2
± MLV Parainfluenza Virus

Administer by the subcutaneous (SQ) route.
 

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If giving into the muscle you need to put the needle in draw back the syringe so there is no blood, if blood could be in a vein or artery. Don't want that, if no blood push plunger of syringe down to inject the medicine. Rabies I have vet give Subcutaneously, (just under the skin) works good.

Only difference with IM (intermuscular) or Sub-Q With IM the medicine immediately gets into the dogs system, Sub-Q is a slower release of the medication. Both work.
 
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