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How to Successfully Inject Your Pet, tips from a Brooklyn Dog Walker

Rachel, founder and owner of Brooklyn Bark, wrote the following email to a client who was having difficulty injecting her diabetic mini-poodle. This is the procedure used by BBark Care Associates medicating dogs, cats or any of our furry Barkers.

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There are a few things I can suggest.
You'll hear this every where - positive training/reinforcement. But I will talk about that later.

1. Confidence and preparedness I can tell you from experience in training people both at the Animal Hospital and training my employees and clients, the biggest "mistake" people make is not being prepared and/or being hesitant. Honestly I think this is the most important thing cause we communicate to animals via body language. Showing the animal you are confident and is the most important to keeping things under control. I get nervous when I know a doctor is giving me a vaccine but I get pretty frantic when the nurse takes her bloody time about jabbing me. And I know what is going on.

Get the medication ready before you even think of administering it. It does not work to grab the animal and then try and get the medicine together.
This is the other part. Know exactly how to administer the medication.
Watch lots of videos on YouTube to get a good idea of what you are going to do so you can quickly administer the insulin. It's really no good to take your time looking for the "perfect spot". You don't need to be specific (like getting a vein) when doing insulin. Get the pup used to you touching and lightly pinching the skin to get her used to the motions you need for getting the shot in.

2. Positive reinforcement:
Get the pup used to being touched and poked in the area. Give lots of treats. Also don't inject as soon as you get the insulin ready. Let some time pass (not enough for the insulin to go bad) so the pup doesn't associate opening the fridge and the needle with getting pricked.

3. Distractions:
We have a lot of shy or aggressive animals. The thing I find that works the best in these situations is to let everyone relax as much as possible and quickly pick and inject while the animals is distracted (like eating). You might want to try something the pup will need to take her time on like a Greenie, BullyStick or Peanut Butter Kong so the pup's attention is focused on a yummy treat to allow you to quickly prick the pup.

4. Needle Size:
Talk to the vet about needle size. If the pup is uncomfortable with being pricked, you might want to talk to your vet about trying a smaller or different needle.

Keep calm and just do it. You'll both get into the habit of it and it well get easier. I promise.
You can totally do this :)

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