How to Inject Insulin in Your Dog

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Giving your beloved pet insulin for the first time can be scary.

Knowing how to do it properly can take the fear away and decrease the pain of the event for both you and your dog..

Follow these simple steps and you will soon be a pro.

  1. Lay out your supplies.
    1. Rubbing alcohol
    2. Vial of insulin
    3. Insulin syringe
    4. A cotton ball
    5. Two small dog treats
    6. Your dog
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  3. Dry your hands completely.
  4. Pick up the vial in your non-dominant hand.  Place the vial in the palm of your other hand and gently roll it back and forth.  (Special note – this is not necessary in insulin that are clear)
  5. Dab a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.  Wipe the top of the insulin vial with the cotton ball.  Let it dry completely.
  6. Remove the cap from the syringe.  Do not touch the tip of the syringe.
  7. Pull air into the syringe.  Stop at the mark for the insulin dose needed.  Then inject the air into the vial of insulin.  This is done to prevent a vacuum.
  8. Turn the insulin vial upside down.  Stick needle into vial.  Pull the plunger back and draw the insulin into the syringe.  Stop at the mark for the insulin dose needed.
  9. Before you remove the syringe from the vial, look for air bubbles in the insulin you have drawn up.  Flick the syringe gently with the tip of your finger to remove them.
  10. Remove the syringe from the vial.
  11. Dab a little alcohol on a cotton ball
  12. Call your dog to you and give them a small treat.  When they are finished, pull up a fold of skin in the scruff.
  13. Wipe the scruff area with the cotton ball.
  14. Inject the insulin into the scruff.
  15. Give your dog the treat and praise them.
  16. Discard the syringe properly.  A good way to store the used syringe is in a coffee can with a lid.  Ask your local health department on proper disposal of used syringes.  NEVER put the syringes in your regular trash.  Your trash man could get stuck.
  17. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  18. Dry your hands completely.

Comments (3)


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