I use the same 20 ga needle and like them. I think the flow rate is actually a 
bit slower than an 18 ga., but I would just as soon take a few minutes more and 
use the smaller needle.
It is a bit unnerving sticking your baby the first few times you do it and you 
just might do a through and through a few times, especially on little guys.  Be 
sure when you are inserting the needle that the open part at the point is 
facing up and be sure to use a new one each time. Yeah, if you get rattled, it 
scares them. 

I got mine from the medical supply house where I bought my fluid, MUCH cheaper 
than getting it from the vet.  I think I paid $32 plus shipping for 12 liters 
of ringers, might be more now.  One thing to watch out for when starting a new 
bag of fluids, be sure to securely close the roller shutoff on the tubing 
before inserting into the bag.  If open the air can escape and you won't be 
able to tell how much you use.  You can fix it by pumping in some air through 
the med port on the bag with an empty syringe.


From: Maureen Olvey 
Sent: Monday, May 07, 2012 8:40 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Giving sub-q fluids

You got that right - kitty harpoons for sure.  I did it while ago and I just 
can't do that anymore.  It hurt her when I put it in.   Then of course it 
freaked me out which I'm sure made it worse for her.  
I'll talk with my vet tomorrow.  Maybe he has those 20 gauge needles.  She's 
only like 4 lbs. and that needle weighs more than she does!

“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are 
profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon 
unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me 
sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain

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