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Esophagostomy Tube Care and Feeding

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Rachel Renfro, CVT, VTS(ECC), walks you through proper esophagostomy tube maintenance, diet preparation, and how to feed through an esophagostomy tube.

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Megan Brashear's picture

Hi Sean, I don't like to use a syringe pump for E-tube feedings because I want to be there to watch how the animal handles the feeding. If they start to get drooly or start hard swallowing, I can slow things down or discontinue before we get to the vomit stage. While setting a pump and walking away is always tempting I prefer to keep a closer eye on them. I also think (but haven't tried it) that our syringe pumps would constantly alarm 'occlusion' do to the amount of force required to get a canned diet down one of those tubes. But if you have done and it works, let me know about it!

Kendra Richling's picture

It makes my heart so happy to see the restrainer being successful without scuffing :) <3