What to do with used needles?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

What to do with used needles?

This is a discussion on What to do with used needles? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Whatdousedneedle
  • What do I do with used horse needles

LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-03-2008, 04:21 PM
What to do with used needles?

One of my families horses stepped on a nail, and after the powder antibiotics didnt work we had to give her shots of a stronger antibiotic. Now we are left with the used needles that have been sitting around the house. What should be done with them? Can we throw them away in the typical trash or should something else be done? Thanks in Advance.
Sponsored Links
    09-03-2008, 05:04 PM
Do the needles come with covers? You might be able to just put those back on then throw them away. If not, I dunno. Using my imagination here, but maybe an empty paper towel roll with the ends bent and taped up? Surely someone can come up with something better! Lol
Is your horse vaccinated? If it's not, PLEASE call your vet and get the vaccinations! A nail in the foot can cause tetanus, which is deadly for a horse. They do have a treatment if they catch it early enough, but it costs about $2,000, and is only about a 50/50 chance of the horse surviving.
    09-03-2008, 05:39 PM
Yes she is vaccinated. They do have covers so we can do that.
    09-03-2008, 05:44 PM
I don't believe there is a haz mat issue with horse blood. The reason its considered hazerdous in hospitals and clinics is the human blood factor.
I use syringes to put flea stuff on the dogs (I buy it in bulk). I just break the needles off and toss them. Then use the measurments on the side to guide how much to put on each dog. The end without the needle is great for parting hair for applications too.
    09-03-2008, 08:30 PM
What we've done in the past is either:
- take them to our local hospital or GP clinic for safe disposal
- put them in a coke/cordial/juice bottle etc and screw the lid shut and place in garbage. Then no one can get a needle stick injury from it.

BTW I am not sure whether or not you can get infections from a needle used by a horse, but if someone gets a needle stick injury, how are they to know that it was used for a horse, not a human? They will be subjected to blood tests and immunisations and a lot of worry if they got a needle stick injury from a discarded horse needle.
    09-03-2008, 09:34 PM
You beat me to it Lauren!!! I don't give my horses their shots but I do vaccinate our dog and I put the used needles in a 20oz coke bottle with the cap and throw it away.
    09-03-2008, 11:49 PM
Green Broke
Go to walgreens (or your local pharmacist) and purchase a bio-waste container...used for folks who have diabetes. It only cost like $3 and we have at least 100 needles in there...not even halfway filled up yet

Once it's full, we drop it off at my doctor's office...the first one they looked at me kinda weird, but now they don't care
    09-04-2008, 12:00 AM
Definitely dispose of them properly. If a trash collector gets poked by a needle from a trash bag, they have no way of knowing whether it was something that was dangerous to them or not. (And neither do you...they could be severely allergic to something you gave your horse.)

You can recap needles after using them and then carry them to your vet for proper disposal. Or as mentioned, pick up a sharps container from a local pharmacy and put used needles in there and then take it to your vet or doctor's office when it's full.
    09-04-2008, 02:10 PM
I never thought of a trash man getting poked. We take our own trash to the dump. Country life at its worse

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0