I have given lots of needles in the neck and chest and for the most part have given them slowly as the needles are not that big. However, I have a new weanling that came to me sick and cut up. She is on Excede due to her terrible condition and the vet gave her a shot in her hindend (when she was sedated) 2 days ago and she gave it fairly slowly. I need to give the second shot in the other side of her hind in another couple of days. My question is it is a fairly large needle (guessing 18 gauge?) so should I just stab it in as quick as I can, let her react and then put the syringe on or should I go slower? What seems to work best for everyone for the larger needles to minimize reaction? She has had VERY limited handling when I got her but is now fine to halter (in the stall) and brush. Just not a huge amount of trust yet so I know she is going to react quite a bit with the needle. So which way do you think would be the best method, stab quickly and get it over with or go a bit slower?
For IM injections I always flick and prick.
Flick the injection site repeatedly until the horse settles and started to ignore, then prick with the needle quickly.
For needle phobic, I do flicking with no prick while they get treats. Do this for several sessions, then one day flick and prick while someone else gives treats.
I guess I'd say "reasonably quickly" because I don't like to harpoon a horse with more force than necessary, and sometimes if a horse is really tense putting the needle in very fast means you use more force than you really need to.
It's sort of just a "feel" thing. And in the grand scheme of things, not likely to make a huge difference one way or the other.
Thanks everyone, I was leaning towards fairly quick as well. I don't think she is going to like it either way, lol. I wish I could give her a treat but she won't touch grain yet so I can't even do that. With my others I usually give a piece of carrot, give the needle while they are chewing and then another piece of carrot when I am done and they really don't bat an eye. So fingers crossed it goes well and I don't get booted, lol.
Many moons ago, as a kid, I was taught by the vet how to administer IM.
He taught me to make a fist, and hold the needle in between my thumb and first finger as I did a 1-2-3 fist on the horse, on the 4th fist, to change direction so the needle goes in with the same motion and timing as the 1-2-3 fist.
I don't do 1-2-3 anymore, and now give it in the neck mostly(back then he wanted me to give it in the butt area).
So, I guess I'd add that I do it swiftly but not with force...enough to penetrate but not stab if that makes sense.