Ringers Lactate 1 Litre - Sub-Q Hydration
Be sure to have a vet or vet tech show you how to administer sub-q fluids. Never attempt to do this on your own without being trained. Knowing how to give your puppy fluids is a very important thing to know.
Sub-Q is never as effective at IV hydration therapy. However, there are times when you just cannot get to your Vet and you have to make a choice: either Sub-Q hydrate the puppy or watch it die.
You will need:
- Syringes with and without hypodermic needles in various sizes for injections.
- Lactated Ringers Solution (the bag of fluids for subq's)
The Lactated Ringers must be warmed and NOT injected cold. I heat the bag in a pot of hot water or a Baby Wipes Warmer. You do not put COLD fluid into a puppy that you are trying to keep warm. I draw a syringe with the drawing needle (a sterile needle used only as a tester) and squirt it on my wrist. I draw a second test syringe full to double check the temperature of the liquid. Then I remove the test drawing needle and put on the sterile needle I will use for injecting the puppy.
Electrolytes per 1,000 mL (not including ions for adjusting pH): Sodium 130 mEq; Potassium 4 mEq; Calcium 2.7 mEq; Chloride 109 mEq; Lactate 28 mEq.