How to Give Insulin Injections


hi my name is Jen I'm a veterinary

technician and today I'm going to show

you how to administer insulin injections

at home to your pet the first step is

going to be gathering all of your

supplies before you get your pet ready

to give the injection you should have a

bottle of insulin at home this will be

kept in the refrigerator so you'll need

to get that out as well as your syringe

you want to make sure that you have a

correct type of syringe that matches

with your insulin there are two types

there's au forty which means there are

40 units per milliliter and au 100 which

means a hundred units per milliliter

it's very important that you use the

correct type of syringe with the correct

type of insulin for your pet if you're

unsure of that you have the correct

supplies make sure you check with your

veterinarian when you get your insulin

out of the refrigerator you want to make

sure that you handle it with care it is

a delicate molecule and can be damaged

and be less effective if you handle it

roughly or if it's left out of the

refrigerator so when you've got your

insulin out you may notice that some of

the medicine has settled down to the

bottom of the bottle you want to make

sure that you mix that up into the

liquid by gently rolling the vial or

mixing it back and forth you don't want

to shake it violently you don't want to

handle it roughly once that's well mixed

you're ready to draw it up into your

syringe you're going to open your


remove the cap and you're gonna turn

your bottle over there's a rubber

stopper in the top here we're going to

insert the needle now you want to know

keep in mind what dose your patient

should be on and pull back on the white

plunger to that dose so I usually go

beyond the dose just so that I can make

sure I see the liquid in the syringe and

then I watch for any air bubbles and

gently flick that syringe until the air

bubbles go to the top of the syringe I

then depress the plunger until I get to

the appropriate dose in this case we're

gonna say five units once I've drawn up

my five units and have ensured that

there are no air bubbles in the syringe

I'm going to pull my syringe out and I'm

going to carefully recap my syringe

being careful not to poke myself or

touch that to any surface this is now

ready to get to be given to your pet so

then I would go and get my cat to

administer the insulin okay now that we

have our insulin drawn up we're ready to

give that to our pet so before you give

any insulin you want to make sure that

your pet has eaten their entire meal

whether that be breakfast or dinner it's

important that they have that sugar in

there for the insulin to work on so you

never want to give insulin unless your

pet has eaten so when you're ready make

sure that they've eaten you want to get

them nice and relaxed

we usually give the insulin in the loose

skin over their shoulder blades in this

region we just try to avoid going in the

same spot every time

you can alternate shoulder blades go in

the middle but try not to go in the same

spot every time to avoid developing some

scar tissue when you're ready to give it

you're gonna want to pick up the skin

away from the muscle and tissue

underneath make a little tent and I

usually will make that tent with my left

hand because I'm right hand dominant and

I will hold the insulin syringe in my

right hand now I'm going to make that

little tent and I'm going to put the

needle right into this

a pocket in the skin here so I'm going

to take my cap off of my syringe and

keeping my finger off of the plunger I'm

going to put that needle right into that

little pocket once the needle is in

there I will depress the plunger and

inject the insulin alright once you've

administered your insulin injection you

want to make sure that you dispose of

the sharp needle into a proper sharps

container so that it doesn't go into

your trash so you should ask your

veterinarian or pharmacist for a

biohazard container to dispose of your

needles if there's any question of

whether or not your pet got the insulin

say he moved or you're not sure if you

got fully into the skin you never want

to administer another injection you

would want to wait until the next one is

due to avoid accidentally overdosing

your pad on insulin and that's how you

administer insulin to you pad at home