Can I reuse a needle on the same sick bird?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jmc, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Can I reuse the same hypo-needle on the same bird day after day if I need to do multiple injections, or should I use a new one each time.

    KJ Theodore would say, 'new one each time'

    anyone done multiple uses with success??

    Doing Tylan 50...........
  2. mistylady

    mistylady Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Ohio near Coshocton
    I would boil them to be sure. But personally I'd use a different one each time.
  3. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Be aware that if you chose to boil them, they'll become significantly duller which will make the injection more difficult. It's really best to use a new one.
  4. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
    in the wild, Mass
    you should use a new one daily. [​IMG]
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yup, at LEAST do your darnedest to thoroughly disinfect the needle (as soon as it gets blood etc in/on it, bacteria can grow, which you do not want to then be injecting)... and really it works best with a fresh needle. You might not THINK that skin would dull a needle, but I can tell you from doing twice-daily subQ hydration injections on a cat some years ago, it really does, go figure.

    Good luck,

  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    You can reuse them if you clean them right away and then disinfect them with either alcohol or some other anti-bacterial product. They will dull with use but, you can usually use them for a while first.
  7. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Junkie on the corner reuses the ones he finds in the dumpster, and he has never looked healthier. [​IMG]
  8. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Thanks all.

    Only fresh ones for me, then (or them, I should say)

    Marlin Chaser, I'll think about what you said [​IMG]

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