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    Default Wait for the vet to call back?

    Long story short I accidentally used a needle that had touched the ground (cement) to inject my old man's pentosan this morning. I knew what I had done as soon as I stuck it in as it was a little bent at the hub. I called the vet and requested a call back but am debating giving him a shot (with a new needle!) of gentocin while I wait. Does that work on clostridial bacteria or whatever it is that eats a hole in them? I am not very good at waiting patiently!



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    Gentocin does not work against clostridium. I am sure you are fine, but you are smart to check with your vet. Keep a close eye on the injection site over the next few days!



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    Heard from the vet, he said to give a dose if pen G right by the injection site.



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    He had a tiny spot of dried blood from the first injection so I have the Pen right next to that. When I took the needle out there was a small lump. At least I know this lump is from the Pen and not infection since it wasn't there a second earlier but I guess I need to monitor it to make sure it doesn't get bigger or hot etc. The vet said to follow up with 3 days of SMZ's.



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    Isn't gentocin IV?



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    Yes. He told me to use Pen G which is IM.


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    No fever, no lump today. Thank goodness!


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    I would wager that unless you're doing something to prep the skin first the odds of an infection from a needle briefly touching the ground are approximately the same as the odds of infection with no skin prep. Which are low. Glad you dodged a bullet!
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    Yes, I remember when I used to scrub and scrub the skin with alcohol and cotton balls - until I noticed the the vet just stuck the needles in, dirt and all.
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    That doesn't mean the vet is doing it better . . .
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    I know the chances are small but if I did something stupid that directly injured my heart horse I would be devastated. Thankfully that doesn't look like it will be an issue.


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