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RE: [RC] Immunization Reactions - Lari Shea

Hi Kim,

Giving injections in the top of the "butt" is not a good idea, as an abscess there is very difficult to drain.  However, using the back of the gaskin, in the soft muscle tissue underneath the point of buttock, about a third of the way down between the tail and the hock, is great... the skin is thin, so is easy to put the needle through,  there's lots of tissue to absorb the medication, and if it should abscess, gravity will help it drain.  Stand on the opposite side of the horse, pull his tail towards you to put weight on the hind leg closest to you, and give the shot in the back of the gaskin further away from you.  If he does kick, which they rarely do, he'll kick out at the invisible thing on the other side, which bit him.


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RE: [RC] West Nile Virus - Adverse Reaction, Susan E. Garlinghouse, D.V.M.