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Giving an SQ Shot

Many medicines must be injected
"subcutaneously" (SQ), which
means beneath the skin (and NOT
into any of the underlying tissue
or muscle). You'll notice that this
doe is bouncing around quite a bit,
but is securely fastened in the milk
stand. Start by grabbing a loose
bit of skin on the neck and lifting
to make a "tent" with an empty
space underneath. Wiggle around a
little bit to make sure that the tent
is nice and loose from the surrounding
area. Stab the needle through
the skin into the tent. The tip of
the needle should end up in the
center of the tent. Wiggle the syringe
around a bit to make sure that
the tip of the needle hasn't snagged
something. You don't want to
deposit the medicine into any other
place than the open area. (Some
medicines can cause fatal results if
injected into a muscle or blood
vessel.) Firmly pull back on the plunger
to make sure that you haven't
contacted a blood vessel. You should see
a empty gap at the base of the
plunger. Then release the plunger and slowly
inject the medicine into the tent. Look
to make sure the needle hasn't gone all
the way through, in which case the medicine
will come out the other side and start
dripping down the neck. If the flow slows
down, stop to see what is wrong; don't
force it. Wait a moment so that you aren't
injecting fluid as the needle backs out
through the skin. Now pull the needle out.

Whenever you give a shot, make
sure to watch the animal for about an hour
to be sure that it is not having an anaphylactic
reaction (shortness of breath, foaming at
the mouth, etc) in which case the only
remedy is an epinephrine shot (which now
can only be obtained from a veterinarian).