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Am I just cheap?
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Tom A    Posted 05-21-2003 at 04:43:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Or do the rest of you wash out "one time use" syringes for animal injections? It just seems like a waste to toss them after one injection, and when I do annual vaccinations or have an animal sick I go through a fair number of them.

If you wash them too, what do you use? I wash in hot water and dishwashing detergent and then rinse in plain water many times. I used to use bleach and water to disinfect, too, but stopped doing that because the herd is free of "nasty" stuff (knock wood). I also quit reusing the needles, not because of the disease problem but I wasn't sure how long they stay sharp.


Cathy in Oregon    Posted 05-22-2003 at 14:27:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is what I have always done.
If I use the needle to go under the skin, in the muscle, etc. Then I use a new needle and syringe or one that has been boiled for 20 minutes. This is what my mom taught me, and I assume that she learned it from her brother, who is a vet.

For oral medications I have just washed the syringes out with soapy water.

As for needles, I use them until they become dull. I have had someone tell me once that they can be sharpened on your jeans zipper. It works for a bit longer.

I do try to use a clean needle everytime I get antibiotics out of a bottle.

When I am vaccinating a group of animals, I do use the same needle and syringe repeatedly. It isn't the safest procedure, but it works for me.

The only time I usually use a needle once and throw it away is if it is used on a horse or steer. My 18 gauge needles only seem to last one time on their tough hides.

I buy my needles and syringes in bulk from Jeffers.

Like I said, this is what I have been taught/my experience. I am no expert. Hope that it helps ;o)

Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-21-2003 at 17:22:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hot, sudsy water, rinse in 10% bleach, rinse in just water. make sure they are completely dry befor putting them away. This may be over-kill, but we have never had a problem re-using syringes.

Mike D.    Posted 05-21-2003 at 07:30:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Tom,
Good on you for getting the most out of what you got to work with. My G'ma said that they used everything but the squeel when they butchered pigs.

Sid    Posted 05-21-2003 at 05:24:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe thrifty is the proper word to use here. I use the needles several times clean them with alcohol.

Linda    Posted 05-21-2003 at 08:26:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alcohol leaves plenty of germs alive. I shudder when I think of the old doctor's offices with the thermometers sitting in a container of alcohol.

When I took a microbiology class about 20 years ago, we did comparison tests using different antibacterial substances. Alcohol didn't kill much. Listerine seemed to act like food to some bacteria.

Bleach is better, but it still won't kill off everything left inside a needle. If you haven't had problems when re-using needles, you've been very lucky.

QHMom    Posted 05-21-2003 at 20:25:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I reuse syringes but not needles. I clean mine in Nolvasan solution.
I give all my own injections but Rabies and have not had any problems.
I do toss the whole shebang when I use modified live vaccines[ie:strangles]
I buy mine online and save a lot.

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