My dog (14.5 yr old chihuahua mix) has developed a kidney problem, so the vet prescribed sub-Q fluids 100ml every other day. After some initial difficulty I got the procedure down and have been doing it for a few months now.
Over the past two or three weeks I seem to have lost my touch. Typically what happens now is I pull up on the scruff of her neck, slide the needle in parallel to her body, open the valve, but then it starts leaking fluid where the needle went in.
When that happens I'll turn her loose, rather than keep trying while she's already stressed, and we'll try again later in the day. Frequently I might go two or three failed attempts before finally getting it to work.
Does anybody have any hints on what I might be doing wrong? It seems to me that I'm doing it exactly the same, whether it works or I get the leakage. But I'm putting the dog through a lot more of these injection sessions than I should have to, so I would really like to get this figured out. (I have checked to make sure the needle is screwed in tightly to the adapter on the end of the tube.)
Also, when I first started having these failed attempts I would dispose of the needle and get a new one for the next attempt; but I'm going through so many that now I've been sterilizing the needle in rubbing alcohol. When I finally get a good injection I'll then dispose of the needle. Is there any problem with doing this?
Thanks for any suggestions!