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Injecting your dog Owner Factsheet

Administration of medicine by injection is often referred to as giving drugs by the parenteral route. The other main means of administering treatment is via the mouth and digestive system - the oral route. Effective administration of medicine is a key part of most veterinary treatments and many medications are most effective when given by injection. Administration of medicine by injection is also essential for some drugs that are destroyed by acids in the stomach, eg insulin.

Injection routes

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Subcutaneous ('under the skin') injection

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Intramuscular ('into muscle') injection

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Other injection routes

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What happens if I 'miss' with an injection?

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What do I do with used needles?

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Should I wear gloves when injecting?

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I accidentally pricked myself while giving my pet his injection. What should I do?

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Can I put my diabetic dog into boarding kennels?

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