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This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.

You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.

It is common practice to administer drugs intravenously through an established IV drip line. However some drug solutions should NOT be mixed with certain intravenous fluids

Some of the drugs which should NOT be mixed with intravenous fluids are listed in this table :

Intravenous fluid Incompatible drug solutions
Dextran solutions in Dextrose or Saline
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Chlortetracycline HCl
  • Oxytetracycline HCl
  • Tetracycline HCl
  • Vitamin B or C
  • Whole blood
  • Any strongly acidic solution
  • Any strongly alkaline solution
Ringers Lactate Solution
  • Adrenaline HCL
  • Alcohol in 5% dextrose
  • Oxytetracycline HCL
  • Sodium bicarbonate
  • Sulphadiazine sodium

Updated October 2013