How Do I Choose the Best Vet Syringe?

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  • Written By: Laura M. Sands
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  • Last Modified Date: 10 August 2019
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Choose the best vet syringe by considering the size and measurements that you need for the animal you will be using a veterinary syringe on. Also consider what kinds of materials you prefer a syringe to be made from and how long you need it to last. Make sure you can read the measurements on any vet syringes you are considering and that they are made by a reputable manufacturer. If you are still unsure about which vet syringe to purchase, ask a veterinarian or someone who specializes in buying or selling veterinary supplies for recommendations.

Vet syringes come in different sizes. Syringes often used on small animals such as mice or gerbils may not be suitable for use with larger animals, such as horses or elephants. It is, therefore, important to first determine what size syringe you need in relation to the animal that you will be injecting or giving oral medications to.

It is also a good idea to consider the type of material that you prefer vet syringes to be made from. Many syringes are made from hard plastic, while others may be made of steel or chrome. In some instances, it is possible to find a vet syringe made from a combination of materials. The types of materials used often relate to how durable a vet syringe is. If using a temporary vet syringe, the materials used may be less important than if you plan to repeatedly wash, sterilize and use a syringe indefinitely.


When purchasing a vet syringe, be sure that the measurements are expressed in units you can easily read and understand. Not only should numbers be printed in an easy to read size, but the measurements should be in units that you are familiar with or that you are comfortable converting into accurate measurements. Such is very important if you will be using a vet syringe to administer medication or vitamins to an animal, as incorrect dosage measurements may be harmful or even fatal.

Asking others who have experience in making vet syringe purchases is another way of helping choose the best one for your needs. A veterinarian, pharmacist or a medical supply salesperson can often give you good insight on which brands are the most popular or durable. It is also important to purchase syringes from a reputable vendor and manufacturer to assure that quality veterinary syringes are being bought.


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