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Postby tracie » Tue Feb 20, 2001 2:16 pm

i am not having very good luck giving injections.what is the proper procedure?i have been having the serum leak out after giving the shot. what am i doing wrong?where is the best place to give the shot?
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Phil in MS

Re: shots

Postby Phil in MS » Wed Feb 21, 2001 6:01 am

(User Above) wrote:: i am not having very good luck giving injections.what is the proper procedure?i have been having the serum leak out after giving the shot. what am i doing wrong?where is the best place to give the shot?<p>Site- The National Cattlemens Beef Association recommends giving all shots in the neck area. Anywhere in front of the shoulder should do quiet well. This part I'm sure about. Beef Quailty Assurance programs do not want shots in the hip or back as good product ( steak) maybe damaged and then the consuming woman of the house may come upon an ugly blemish due to the needle. This unwelcome discovery may cause said lady of the house to use other meats (pork or chicken) in the future purchases.<p>Leaking- In SQ injections under the skin, pinch the skin on the neck area and pull away from the body. This creates a tent like area. Insert the needle in a downward position, inject material and then rub area after removing needle. This should help some.<p>Try to contact your locate county agent! He or she maybe able to help or put you in contact with the Area Livestock Agent, who will have tons of information for you. All you have to do if the agent is good, is just ask!<p>Good luck.<br>

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Linda

Re: shots

Postby Linda » Wed Feb 21, 2001 7:09 am

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Many people think all injections in cattle need to be given with a 16 gauge needle. I've found that an 18 ga. works well with most cows and a 20 ga. works with calves. If you are injecting a medication that is especially thick, you may have to use a larger gauge needle. <p>A 16 ga. needle has a very large diameter. I had more of the medication leak out when I used a 16 ga. An 18 ga. is a size smaller than a 16, and the 20 ga. is a size smaller than the 18 ga. (although there is a special 19 ga. filter needle that you won't have a need to use). <p>If the medication is supposed to be given IM, that means you need to use at least a 1 1/4 inch long needle. <p>Rubbing the injection site immediately after withdrawing the needle, whether a SQ or IM injection, can help stop leakage. <p>Phil mentioned that anywhere forward of the shoulder is probably ok for injections. That statement needs to be clarified. There are large blood vessels and important nerves located in the neck of a cow. The neck is the best place for injections, but must be given in a specific part of the neck to be safe. <p>Here is a link to an article on giving injections to cows:
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<ul><li><a href="http://www.murraygrey.com/articles.htm#Proper%20Injection%20Procedures%20for%20Cattle">http://www.murraygrey.com/articles.htm#Proper%20Injection%20Procedures%20for%20Cattle</a></ul>
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