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post #1 of 11 Old 09-30-2009, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question about giving a horse shots???

My 13yr.old appy has asthma and is on Dex, the vet said I can give it oral or by a shot, gave me the needles, but doesnt tell me how or where to give the shots at, Can someone tell me??? I have been giving it to him by mouth but sometimes he is a pain about it, just wondering that it might be easier to give him a shot??? Thanks

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-30-2009, 08:55 PM
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It would be best to call your vet and have him/her come back out and show you

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-30-2009, 10:05 PM
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definitely have the vet show you, there can be a lot of bad results from a poorly placed shot. It isn't hard to give injections once you have the knowledge but without knowing how you could do some damage.
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-30-2009, 10:23 PM
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please have the vet show you. I know how to give IM injections and IV injections but the BM at my previous barn didn't- she gave my horse a five way injection too far up on her neck and she got a football sized abcess. She still has an ugly scar from it.

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The horse that I was treating for asthma with the new shot dose, you had to put it right into the windpipe.
You have to hold their held up and feel the ridges along their windpipe and push the needle through. If you pull it back, it should fill up with air because it's literally in their throat.
However, it's tricky to do because if you miss not only do you poke your horse needlessly, but the needle can bend back.
Your vet should have explained all this to you. I'd tell him/her to come back out and give you a demonstration free of charge because they should have done it first time around.

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-01-2009, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Well I'll have the vet out to show me, he did ask which way I'd prefer and I just told him oral and we left it at that. But I will have him come show me.

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The horse that I was treating for asthma with the new shot dose, you had to put it right into the windpipe.
ugh those are THE WORST to try to do. Mega PITA. Also after you give one like that they should cough (usually)

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Well I'll have the vet out to show me, he did ask which way I'd prefer and I just told him oral and we left it at that. But I will have him come show me.
best choice it will probably be IM, but he can show you exactly where your option is for that. If you miss you can do some serious damage though, like as someone said, blowing up their neck. That leads to a whole other mess of complications. But with dex it can also go IV, but since its every day it will probably be IM since you want it to last longer. You might also want to consider doing oral even after you learn how to inject it though because if its every day, his neck will get sore, so its probably best to rotate between the two
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-01-2009, 10:54 AM
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Yeah I agree with the other posters, that you need to have the vet show you where to administer the shots.

Also, if you want to still try orally, I have heard of a trick that might help. If the horse already anticipates the medicine to be bitter or unpleasant, you could take the dropper and fill it with applesauce instead, giving it a couple of times a day so that the horse will associate it with a pleasant experience. That way, when you actually go to give them the medicine, they won't expect the bitter taste.

It's kind of tricky and might make you feel like a jerk, but I have heard that this works if a horse is giving trouble taking medicine.

Good luck to you and hope your horse feels better soon!
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-01-2009, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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thanks, I have tryed the applesauce and yes it does work, just sometimes he puts up a fight to take the med. I'm waiting for the vet to call me back. Thanks everyone:)

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-01-2009, 11:45 AM
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please have the vet show you. I know how to give IM injections and IV injections but the BM at my previous barn didn't- she gave my horse a five way injection too far up on her neck and she got a football sized abcess. She still has an ugly scar from it.
Any injection at any time can cause an abscess. There can be a flaw in the needle, a problem with the vaccine, a problem with the carrier agent, dirt on the horse, etc, etc.

At our clinic, we administer dex IV.
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