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Hi! Last Thursday I rescued a stray dog hit by a van. A vet gave me some anti inflammatory medicine and b1-b6 vitamins to administer to the dog by injection. The first three days went smooth. The dog was in shock and he took the shots without retaliation. But now he's a little better and struggles a lot when I put the needle in him. The problem is that I cannot win his trust if I bring the food and then I pinch him with the injection.

I know that probably there's not much I can do but restrain him and continue with the shots. However I'd appreciate if someone with more experience would be willing to share some advice. Yesterday he showed me that he's ready to defend his ass by biting me, when I tried to gently move his butt on a blanket. Thankfully I got only a scratch. He's a sweet dog and I hope he will walk again. Thanks!
 

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You obviously have to continue with the shots, but you may have to resort to muzzling him at shot time. Unfortunately a dog in pain often resorts to his protective instincts, and since we do not share language with them, are unable to explain why they should submit.
 

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Ask the vet if you can bring the dog in once a day so they can give the injection. They might charge a small fee, but it might be a better option than struggling at home, risking a bite, and damaging your relationship with the dog.

You can also try asking if there is an oral medication option. Then you can just hide it in some hot dog or a pill pocket.
 

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Unfortunately moving him is also a problem since he cannot stand on his hind legs and every move is painful for him right now. I noticed that he yelps and fights a lot when I give the shot in his hind leg muscle but he takes it in the neck like a hero. So... I don't like the situation at all but I'll do what I have to do. Eight more days and it's over. Thank you!
 

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is this dog eating? Not sure what the shots are supposed to be doing, but certainly sound unnecessary, particularly if this dog is eating. Also, it does not matter where injections are given normally, if they can be given SQ (which B vites can), so the neck would obviously be the more recommended location. Still, seriously doubt the injections are necessary and would be interested in hearing the reasoning behind them.

What is the reason for the dog's inability to walk? Fractured hip, back, legs? What is the ultimate plan for healing? Can he urinate/defecate? How does he do it? Were there any radiographs? What do you think has been damaged (per your vet)?
 
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