Pet Health Tips

How to Give Your Dog a Shot

By Maria Schubert

June 15, 2022

As the Pet Vaccine Experts, we have a lot of customers ask how to give a dog or cat a shot. A subcutaneous method is one of the most common and safest methods for administering vaccines to dogs and cats. The idea of using a needle on your animals can still cause some owners to be intimidated. Fortunately, Dr. Bramlage has given subcutaneous injections plenty of times and today he’s sharing his knowledge with our blog readers in a new how-to video. He’ll show you exactly how to give your dog a shot from mixing the vaccine to how to safely inject a cat or dog. Finally, he’ll talk a little about the risk of possible reactions.

How to Give Your Dog a Shot

Unlike the intranasal vaccine, subcutaneous injections use a needle. There are two types of needles available to administer the vaccine. The blue needle, 22 gauge, is the most common one used for vaccinating and cause the least pain. Natural pain medications for dogs, like CBD, is available and recommended for more easily frightened dogs. We also carry the 25 gauge, which is a light red color. This needle is tiny and requires more pressure to administer the vaccine. Dr. B warns that the pressure from the vaccine shooting out could tear tissue.

When handling needles, it’s important to properly dispose of them when you’re finished. That’s where a sharps container comes into play. These containers are used as a safe way to dispose of needles, syringes, and other sharp objects. Each state has its own laws and regulations regarding disposal of needles, so be sure to check with your state or county’s regulations concerning sharps containers. Sharps containers are affordable and easy to find, we actually carry a couple a couple sizes of containers. So next time you purchase vaccines, check out them out.

Join Dr. Bramlage (Dr. B) as he shows you how to give a dog a shot.

Still have questions or tips for giving subcutaneous injections you’d like to share with other pet owners? Let us know in the comments below!

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