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From: Natalie [mailto:at...@optonline.net] Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 5:14 PM To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org' Subject: RE: [Felvtalk] Giving sub-q fluids When a cat is so skinny, you have to really pick up the skin into a tent and put the needle straight down, or else it can come out the other side - sure happened to me often enough with a very old, very thin cat. Yes, I would try the smallest possible, if the cat is patient enough to sit there. Maybe you could divide up the dosage into two instead of one large one? BTW, my vet told me to use the side just above the hip, where there's a lot of skin and fewer nerves, less pain..lumps are less likely to form there than on the top of the shoulder, or try down either side of the shoulder, about an inch down. I've been doing it so much, I can do it blindfolded by now, and have never stabbed myself, either. Hope kitty feels better - the fluids really make a big difference in the way they feel. BTW - some of the vets use not only the 18, but it's twice as long.horrible just to look at, that's why it's important to make sure to get the 1" needles. From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Maureen Olvey Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 10:33 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Giving sub-q fluids No, she's not tiny but she's lost weight and barely weighs 4 lbs. She's just so fragile. But that big 18 gauge needle would hurt me so I know it hurts her. I don't know how much to give her. When my vet tech friend did it Saturday she stopped after the lump started getting big and bothering the kitty. It wasn't 100 ml. I think we talked about doing half that but when my girl got to really fidgeting we just stopped. I might try the 20 gauge. They're so cheap maybe I should get one size smaller too just to try it.
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