Vaccinations: Needles and Medicine Labels

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Vaccinations:
Needles and Medicine Labels
Topic# 3054
Liz Confer
Overview
• Needles
– Gauges
– Lengths
– Uses
• Reading Medicine Labels
Needle Gauges
• Gauges from 4 to 30
– The smaller the
gauge, the larger
around the needle is
– 16 to 22 gauge
needles are most
common for livestock
use
Needle Length
• Needles come in
different lengths
– Intramuscular
injections – 1 to 1.5
inch needle length
– Sub-Q injections - .5 to
1 inch needle length
Uses
• Larger Gauge Needles
– Large animals
– Large volumes of medication
• Smaller Gauge Needles
– Small or young animals
– Small amounts of medication
Reading Medication Labels
• Drug name
– The commercial name
• Active ingredient
– Chemical ingredient
• Use/indication
– Species
– What the drug treats
Medication Labels Cont.
• Dosage
– cc per pound for each species
• Warnings
– Withdrawal/holding times
– Overdoses
– Uses drug is not approved for

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