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How to give insulin injections to your pets at home



Hello, pet parents. My name is Courtney, I'm with Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital. I work in the critical care department. And today, we're going to talk about insulin administration. We also already had a video or we do have a video about insulin handling and how to draw up your insulin for your pet. This is Bug, he is my own cat. I will be administering fake insulin for him and walking you through the steps.

So first, you want to be in a comfortable area of your house. This can occur on the couch. If you're comfortable putting them on a counter top or a table, you can also do that. We also have pet parents who will administer it while they're distracted by their food. Position them in a way that your dominant hand is what is controlling the syringe itself. In order to administer the insulin, you'll go around their shoulder blades or their scruff area, where they have the most skin.

You'll grab a nice handful, not pinching a small amount, but a handful so that you now create this crevice that you can feel with your finger. You'll gently uncap your syringe. Again, grabbing that area of skin, feeling for that crevice. Going in at a 30 to 45 degree angle down, away from your fingers, using an extra finger to depress and pulling straight out. Give them a nice pet or even some treats to make it a happy experience for them. As you can tell by Bug's lack of reaction, they handle these injections very well.