Date: 2006-07-27 18:33:10 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ringers shelf life
When I asked our vet, he said we can use the bags till the expiration
date or until we see floatees in the bag, whichever comes first.
Needle size depends on your and your ferrets preference. The smaller
needle, such as 25, the longer it will take to get fluids in and the
flow might not be as smooth. I typically use 23 gauge except with very
fussy ferrets, then I use 22 gauge. The larger number, the smaller the
needle, hence a smaller opening on the needle.
I also don't double stick. If using a syringe to give fluids instead of
tubing set up, I'd recommend using one needle to pull the fluids into
the syringe and another for the sub-q process. I do the same for
pulling medications into syringes. Needles dull each time they are
pushed into something and I want them as sharp as possible when giving
injections. Needless to say, I go through a lot of needles but it's
worth it for my piece of mind and the comfort of the fuzzies.
Interestingly, our vet doesn't double stick my group because he knows
how I feel about it. :-)
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