What is subcutaneous fluids for dogs?

Table of contents:

  1. What is subcutaneous fluids for dogs?
  2. Can you give too much subcutaneous fluids?
  3. How much do subcutaneous fluids cost?
  4. What is the purpose of the subcutaneous injection compared to others?
  5. What is the most common sites for subcutaneous injections?
  6. Why are subcutaneous injections given at a 45 degree angle?
  7. What happens if an air bubble is injected subcutaneously?
  8. Do you need to swab the skin when giving a subcutaneous injection?
  9. Why use a drawing up needle?
  10. What size needle should be used for a subcutaneous injection?
  11. Do you aspirate for subcutaneous injections?

What is subcutaneous fluids for dogs?

Subcutaneous fluid administration for dogs is the act of injecting a solution of sterile fluids directly underneath the canine's skin. The medical term for underneath the skin is subcutaneous, with “sub” meaning underneath and “-cutaneous” referring to the skin.

Can you give too much subcutaneous fluids?

It's not. Only give the amount of fluids as recommended by your vet. Too much subcutaenous fluids can cause hypertension and cats that have heart problems can develop fluid buildup in the body.

How much do subcutaneous fluids cost?

The cost of subcutaneous fluid administration for chronic condition such as kidney disease from a veterinarian is about $25 per treatment, for a cat requiring multiple treatments per month this can equal approximately $300 per month.

What is the purpose of the subcutaneous injection compared to others?

Subcutaneous injection can be used to give many types of medications for various medical conditions. There are fewer blood vessels in the fatty layer of connective tissue just beneath the skin than the muscle tissue. Having fewer blood vessels means that medication injected subcutaneously is absorbed more slowly.

What is the most common sites for subcutaneous injections?

Subcutaneous tissue is all over your body, but the most common areas for subcutaneous injections are:

  • the upper outer area of the arm.
  • the front and outer sides of the thighs.
  • the abdomen, except for a 2 inch area around the navel.
  • the upper outer area of the buttocks.
  • the upper hip.

Why are subcutaneous injections given at a 45 degree angle?

Insert the needle quickly at a 45- to 90-degree angle. Inserting quickly causes less pain to the patient. Subcutaneous tissue is abundant in well-nourished, well-hydrated people. For patients with little subcutaneous tissue, it is best to insert the needle at a 45-degree angle.

What happens if an air bubble is injected subcutaneously?

What would happen if an air bubble was accidentally injected into your child? It is not harmful to inject an air bubble under the skin. However, if you are injecting air rather than medicine, your child may not be getting the full dose, which may mean they are not being properly treated.

Do you need to swab the skin when giving a subcutaneous injection?

Skin preparation of patient before injection. Although skin that is visibly soiled or dirty must be washed, swabbing the clean skin of a patient before giving an injection is unnecessary.

Why use a drawing up needle?

- drawing up needles are designed to draw fluid out of ampoules or bottles, once the liquid is in the syringe, the drawing up needle should be taken off, and replaced with a hypodermic needle.

What size needle should be used for a subcutaneous injection?

5/8" needle

Do you aspirate for subcutaneous injections?

Don't aspirate after inserting the needle (to prevent tissue damage, hematoma formation, and bruising). The likelihood of injecting into a blood vessel is small. Don't massage the site, which can damage the underlying tissue and cause the medication to be absorbed faster than intended.