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Subcutaneous fluids are fluids injected under the skin to help correct or prevent dehydration. Your veterinarian may suggest that you administer fluids subcutaneously to your pet at home.

Dr. Waller with Puppy MurraySimply follow the steps below or watch Dr. Waller's video tutorial to learn more.

  1. Prepare your fluid set:
    • Remove the cap on the fluid bag
    • Press the spike of the fluid line into the fluid bag
    • Twist the needle (usually an 18 gauge needle) onto the end of the fluid line

  2. Run fluid into the fluid line and then close the fluid line using the roller clamp

  3. Have someone gently restrain your pet

  4. Gently lift up on the skin above the shoulder blades so that it forms a triangle or tent.

  5. Remove the cap from the needle and insert the needle into the skin triangle firmly.

  6. Open the roller clamp and lift the fluid bag above your head – you should see the fluid dripping in the fluid chamber just below the bag .

  7. Give the prescribed amount of fluid – each number on the bag corresponds to 100 ml of fluid.

  8. When the fluid infusion is complete, use the roller clamp to stop the fluids and then remove the needle

  9. Dispose of the needle properly in a sharps container or bring them back to your veterinarian for disposal – use a new needle each time you give fluids

Be sure to contact your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns about giving subcutaneous fluids to your pet.