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Certain medications, such as insulin, can only be administered by injection. Some injections can be given at home after owners have received necessary instructions. However, in some cases, an injectable medication must be given by a veterinarian or trained veterinary professional.
Examples of injections that are given by veterinary professionals include:
Some injectable medications can be given on an outpatient basis. In other cases, your veterinarian may recommend that your pet remain at the veterinary office for a period of observation after an injection is given. In some cases, blood work before or after an injection may be recommended.
Some injections are only given once, but others need to be repeated according to a schedule. If your pet must receive medication injections on a particular schedule, it is very important to maintain this schedule and notify your veterinarian if a scheduled injection must be postponed.
Your team of veterinary professionals will be glad to answer any questions you may have about the injectable medication your pet is receiving. Any concerns about side effects, pain, and expected outcome after treatment should be discussed so that you understand what is happening with your pet.
If your pet has any problems after receiving an injection, notify your veterinarian right away. In some cases, an alternative medication or treatment schedule may be possible.
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