Injection Technique for Dairy Cattle
Prior to administering an injection, make sure of the following:
PERIOD FOR MILK AND MEAT IN A PERMANENT LOG.
In case of a broken needle:
Have it removed by a veterinarian. Record in a permanent log the ID of any animal carrying a broken needle that have not be retrieved and the location of the needle. In addition, mark this site on the animal. Inform the packing plant or the next buyer of the situation.
Use a 16 to 20 gauge needle, 2.5 to 4 cm long (1 to 1.5 inches).
Use a 16 to 20 gauge needle, 2.5 cm long (1 inch).
- the animal cannot properly restrained.
- the safety of the person attempting to administer the injection will be compromised.
In such cases, it is recommended to use the following alternate sites:
1. The muscle area behind the thigh
(semitendinosus / semimembranosus)
- Inject a small volume per site: no more than 10 to 15 ml (follow label directions).
- Repeated injections in this area may cause inflammation and pain.
2. The rump
(as a last resort only)