Patrick Miles, DVM is owner and veterinarian at Priceless Pet Clinic in Normandy Park WA. He has worked in emergency medicine since graduating veterinary school and spent seven years at Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services.
Always consult your veterinarian before doing any medical care for your pet. Your veterinarian will be able to show you exactly what would be the best way to give the insulin shot and how much to give.
How to give an insulin shot to a dog or a cat?
Step One: Learn the appropriate amount of insulin from your vet
So in general, once we have established what dose of medication that we are going to be starting our patient on, we will help you recognize with the syringe, what the appropriate increment and the appropriate amount to be drawn up is.
Step Two: Find a good spot on the dog or cat
When we are giving the insulin injections, we are going to find a place on their body that we can elevate up their skin a little bit to be able to help guide where the needle is going to be going. And in general, I give the insulin injections between the shoulder blades which is basically at the bottom of the neck and in that area where we can grab a little bit of skin to be able to elevate that skin up and inject either underneath my index finger or between my index and my middle finger.
How can you help a dog or cat who might not like the insulin shot?
So, some pets who are little bit more sensitive about getting those insulin injections and again it is a little bit of trial and error in finding areas that tend to be less sensitive versus others, but what I’ll do is when we are drawing this up I’ll basically just be kind of be patting them. Trying to rub on them and what not, so they actually think that they are just being loved on. Again, then we will elevate that up and kind of give a few squeezes and sometimes we will actually agitate the skin a little bit because they’ll notice that more than they will with the needle. And again, the other thing that I will do is sometimes is I’ll actually again kind of agitate my finger a little bit on the skin, and they are not even going to recognize the difference between that and the actual injection.