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post #1 of 8 Old 05-07-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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dosing syringe problem

I have to administer oral meds and I am using a 60 cc dosing syringe. After about a week, the syringe "locks up" on me and I can barely move it in either direction. I have tried lubricating it with cooking go. Anyone got any suggestions? Is there a syringe out there better than what I am using now. Can't top dress his feed either ..Prince charming is picky about what he eats and will walk away.

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-07-2012, 07:27 PM
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I know with mine I have to take it apart and wash it between every use and dry it with it still apart. When I need it, I then reassemble. If I don't clean it or I put it back together before it dries the rubber part of the plunger stickers really bad and it's useless.
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Yep, pull it apart, put it in a sink full of warm, soapy water, give it a clean and a soak, then put it back together. Cleaning syringes is a good habit to get into.

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I just run them through the dishwasher, tube parts in top rack on the little stick things (for lack of better word) and plungers in the silverware basket.

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post #5 of 8 Old 05-07-2012, 08:55 PM
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Take it with you to the pharmacy and buy a new one if the washing doesn't help. They aren't much at all.

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Just rise it in water, that's what I used to do when I had to administer steriods twice a day for months with a boarders horse, the syringes lasted a few weekd for me without getting to "sticky" the soap may be drying out the plunger? Or just ask your vet to give you a few extra.
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I don't wash my syringes with soap(especially vaccination guns). The detergent in the soap will ruin the rubber in the plunger. Rinse with warm water. I have used a drop of olive oil to help lubercate the rubber. However 60cc syringes are cheap if you can find a place that carries them, might try the vets office.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-08-2012, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Goodness! Thanks for such quick replies! I certainly DO wash them after every use but had not thought about the soap drying them out. Have tried the olive oil...didn't help. I really think it is the chemical in the med (doxey....) that is causing this to happen so quickly. I did look on line last night for dosing syringes and will probably order a few. Thanks Again!!
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