Originally Posted by RugbyKid
Just because a vaccination is to be given SQ does not mean it is safe to give in the shoulders. I work at a clinic and we give all our vaccinations in the legs. The shoulders are not the only place to give a SQ vaccination.
Out of curiosity then RugbyKid, what other locations are considered when administering a sub-q injection? I already know the answer, but for the benefit of those reading this thread now as well as for those who will come upon it in the future - I would like to hear your answer to this.
And let us not forget that sometimes, different injectables require different locations - such as in the case of insulin. It is not always best for the cat to inject in the leg due to the way insulin acts - it is always best to inject it nearer to the stomach area and not in the scruff as many people are taught at clinics. Do you know why we should inject insulin nearer to the stomach and not in the leg as you suggest?
With all due respect to your job at a clinic, sometimes the answers are not as clear cut as "we give all our vaccines in the legs". Cats are, largely, individuals - much like humans - and what is good for one might not always be so good for another.
This is not meant as a slam to you - not at all. Injecting a sub-q vaccine near the shoulder is an accepted practice - and one which, as I said, far, far outweighs the risk of VAS. I just think that needs to be clarified.