Penicillin needs to be warmed up before injected?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rivers2011, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. rivers2011

    rivers2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told at the feed store that I need to warm up the penicillin before administering it to my chicken (actually, he had never heard of anyone giving penicillin to a chicken before i asked him about it [​IMG] ) but another thread on BYC mentioned that the penicillin absolutely must be kept cold at all times.
    What do i do?
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Penicillin must be kept refrigerator for storage. Once you've filled a syringe you want to warm it to at least room temperature before injecting. I fill the syringe, remove the needle and put in my shirt pocket for a while to warm it. Cold serum is painful and more likely to form a knot.
     
  3. rivers2011

    rivers2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    definitely don't want a knot. Thanks for helping me navigate the info. One more question. I kept the entire, unsealed bottle unrefrigerated for about six hours. Do you think it'd still be safe to use or should I chuck it? I just don't want to spend money I can't really afford to spend...
     
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Quote:It will be fine.
     
  5. rivers2011

    rivers2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wonderful. Chick will be getting his/her shot first thing tmrw! Thanks again for your help!
     

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