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Disposal of insulin syringes

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Polly G, Aug 23, 2013.


  1. Polly G

    Polly G PetForums VIP

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    How do people on here who have diabetic animals dispose of their syringes and how much do you pay please?
     
  2. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Its a few years since my diabetic cat was PTS but I used to take the used syringes back to the vets for disposal.I believe they provide a "sharps" container now which you have to buy from them and take in for disposal once it is full,sorry don't know the cost but I imagine like all things vet related the cost will vary.
     
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    Yes, take them back to your vets. They will dispose of anything like this or old medication.
     
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    We always just took them to the vet and they disposed of them free of charge...
     
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    When I was in the vets the other day there was a lady who had come to pick up her dog or cats not sure which diabetic medication, and she handed over a sharps container with the used syringes, presumeably the vets supplied the container and then disposed of the returned syringes that she returned to them.
     
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    My vets will dispose of them but they charge £8 per batch, which I thought seemed a bit pricey.
     
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    Not sure if my vets charge, but if you are buying all the meds and equipment from them then its a bit off, as vets have to do their own sharps disposal anyway, they must get through huge amounts of syringes and needles themselves that they use within the course of a normal working day and week.
     
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    Most people just throw them down the drains in the road.
     
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    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    That's what I thought,it was free when my cat was still around but I heard later that they had changed the way they dealt with disposal.
     
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    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    :confused: :confused: :rolleyes:
     
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    I hope they dont get into the waterways - they might harm the wildlife.....

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    :thumbup: :thumbup: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    I was given a sharps disposal container, like a plastic vase with a top on. There's a hole in the top which you can close after you have used it. Also, a neighbour of mine who was diabetic gave me some little gadgets for chopping the points off them before you bin them (so then they are not really 'sharps ' any more but stops you stabbing yourself). It actually looks like a little stapler, has a tiny hole in the side, stick in the point and click. Think they are then meant to be incinerated.
     
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    Ah, so that's what you junkies do :rolleyes5:

    BTW, your ice cream cone melted a long time ago but still has a familiar odor. - kind of reminds me of old rotten garbage. :dita:
     
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    FGS, what planet are you on?
     
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    Ahem....were on:
     

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    I take Bert's syringes to the vet to be disposed of there, but it always seems pricey to me. It has been much cheaper though now that I snap the needle part off the syringe and put just that part in the sharps bin. I dispose of the syringe barrel in normal rubbish.

    I do know of someone though who takes her cat's insulin syringes to Boots to be disposed of under their 'needle exchange scheme' (intended for drug users). They were apparently fine about disposing of her syringes and even gave her new ones in their place! :001_huh:
     
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    WHATttttt ? :confused:
     
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    Our vet takes them back - he didn't charge, but he's just retired and has sold the practice to a chain so I don't know if they will charge or not as we've not taken once back since the takeover.

    If the new vet does charge, I'll probably have a word with the pharmacist at work and ask if I can put them with the sharps bins the drug users bring back for disposal.
     
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    :eek: :eek: :eek: You are joking, right? :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
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