Written by Beth Hrusch
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Administering of Medications

Syringes for the veterinary trade come in several forms and have a variety of functions. Most serve to deliver medication. Some, such as insulin syringes, are made for a specific purpose. Irrigation syringes are useful when an animal needs a continuous supply of drugs and medications.

The spring-loaded syringe is connected to a flexible plastic tip and tubing which goes into a bag of solution such as saline. A plunger delivers the solution to the animal and will automatically refill the syringe. Bulb syringes are used for feeding and irrigation. The benefit of this type of syringe is that since it is hand-operated, the solution can be released at high or low pressure. Medication syringes come without needles, and are ideal for dispensing medication to pets orally. They can also be used with feeding tubes.

Some syringes are designed for multiple dose and some for single dose dispensing. If cream, pastes, gels or lubricants are being used, disposable plastic syringes are probably the best choice.

Other Uses

Syringes can also be used for aspiration, to draw material for biopsy. Feeding baby animals can be done with glass or plastic syringes, and vaccine can be administered. When kept clean and used properly, syringes can prevent infection by delivering food and medication from a sterile container. They can be obtained from any pet supply stores.

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