Next time you cut your finger, push into the surrounding area to provide temporary relief from the pain.

The same principle holds true when injecting a cow, says Aurora Villarroel, a veterinarian and Ph.D. student in epidemiology at ColoradoStateUniversity. By pressing the area around the injection site, you allow the cow’s pressure sensors to override her pain receptors. The cow will feel the pressure rather than the pain.

Villarroel reminds people to be “very clean” when giving injections. Avoid dirty areas on the animal. Make sure your hands are clean, and always use gloves, she adds.

 

One way to lessen the pain when giving a cow an injection is to press simultaneously with your pinkie finger. Position the needle adjacent to the pinkie finger, but be careful not to accidentally inject yourself.