Indications for the U-100 Insulin Syringe
Used to administer an insulin injection to a cat, dog, or person with diabetes, the U-100 Insulin Syringe has lines along the side to ensure that the dosage you parcel out is exactly as much as your pet needs. Disposable to ensure that they are always sterile, these syringes are an absolute requirement if you have to give anyone an insulin shot.
Precautions for the U-100 Insulin Syringe
One important thing to keep in mind is the fact that these syringes are specially tailored to administering the proper dosage of U-100 insulin, or insulin that contains 100 units of insulin per mL. Some brands of insulin (many European brands) use a U-40 serum, or a less concentrated form of insulin that only contains 40 units of insulin per mL, meaning that you would not be able to properly measure the prescribed amount of one with a syringe designed for the other. Always make sure that the syringe you are using corresponds with the type of insulin you are prescribed.
How to Use a U-100 Syringe
First make sure your insulin solution is properly mixed by gently turning it over in your hands (do NOT shake). Next take your syringe, insert in into the vial of insulin and pull back on the plunger end until you have the prescribed amount in the chamber, making sure there are no air bubbles. Find a spot on your pet that seems like it will be less tender than others (the scruff of the neck is a good place to start), pinch up some of the skin, remove the hair from the injection site, and calmly make the injection. Pull back on the plunger before giving the injection to make sure that you have not gone past the subcutaneous area. If any blood ends up in the syringe, you have gone too far. Finally, push down on the plunger and you are done! Now, give your pet lots of love for being such a trooper.