Search Articles


How to Vaccinate Your Dog or Cat


This is the most common and safest method for administering vaccines. The best place to give SQ vaccines is the loose skin over the pet's shoulder, because it's the least sensitive area. Avoid the area between the pet's shoulder blades. Lift the skin and insert the needle into the tented area. Pull back on the plunger to make sure the needle isn't in a blood vessel - if it is, blood will enter the syringe and you will have to find a new location. If the needle location is okay, gently administer the vaccine.


If you have the choice, the SQ method is the safest and easiest way to give vaccines, but some vaccines can only be given intramuscularly. IM vaccines are generally given in the thick muscle at the back of the thighs. Gently and quickly push the needle into the muscle at a 90 degree angle. Just like SQ vaccines, pull back on the plunger slightly to check for blood, then administer the vaccine. You should have a veterinary professional show you how to give an IM vaccine before you try it for yourself.


Most intranasal vaccines are mixed like injectable vaccines, then a dropper or adapter is placed on the end of the syringe to administer the vaccine intranasally. Give the entire dose to your pet. Your pet will probably shake his head or sneeze afterwards, but don't worry - the vaccine will still be effective.

After you have given a vaccine, it is very important to dispose of the needle and syringe according to your state or county's regulations. Read Safe Disposal of Needles and Syringes for more information.

If you need help, call us at 1-800-786-4751.

-The Revival Education Team

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your personal veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

Return to Articles
1700 Albany Place SE • Orange City, IA 51041
800-786-4751 •

Connect With Us:

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Pinterest Find us on Instagram Follow us on YouTube

Email Sign Up

© 2015 Revival Animal Health

Here with Answers For You

For over 25 years, Revival Animal Health has been caring for people who care for pets by delivering quality, reliable products, along with customer service that's committed to your needs. Owners, breeders and shelters count on us because we too love pets, and provide the knowledge, understanding and genuine care it takes to keep them happy and healthy. We feel this is truly what it means to serve you with Pet Care from the Heart®.

Customer Service:
Monday - Friday     7 am - 7 pm CST
Saturday     8 am - 4 pm CST
Call us at 1-800-786-4751
Need Help?