Our 12-year old lab was not responding to carprofen for his arthritis. Dr. Puckett discussed our options and the efficacy, side effects of each. Because his arthritis is in his spine, we agreed on Adequan. Dr. Puckett gave him the first loading dose IM, while demonstrating how to do it. He said I could continue to bring my dog in, or I could do the shots myself, whatever made me comfortable. I also could give the shots subcutaneously. I asked if I could give the his next shot under supervision. The answer "Of course. Whatever you're comfortable with."
I brought my dog to the clinic on Friday. After further consideration, I decided to go the subQ route. Dr. Ware demonstrated drawing the solution into the syringe, then she had me do it. She then showed me how to grab the scruff of his back and pointed where I should insert the needle. I did it without hesitation.
Thanks to Dr. Puckett and Dr. Ware, I have the confidence I need to administer my dogs arthritis medication at home. They are wonderful veterinarians.