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Tube Feeding Puppies

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Jessica Waters, CVT and Alicia Crabtree, TA discuss the process of tube feeding a puppy for effective nutrition management.

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Alicia Crabtree

Enrolled: 12/2014

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Jessica Waters-Miller


Enrolled: 06/2013

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Rachel Medo's picture


Yes! There was a litter of six Boston Terrier puppies :)

elizabeth panduro's picture

Do you recommend preloading the tube with the milk replacer so we don't introduce too much air or is that not an issue?

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Hi Elizabeth,
Great question! We do not preload the tube with milk replacement since we want to make sure the tube is swallowed and in the esophagus before giving the milk replacement. The amount of air is small and is less of a concern in comparison to the risk of aspiration. I hope that helps and great question. Another reason to use a small tube for feeding.