How to place commonly used feeding tubes in dogs and cats

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How to place commonly used feeding tubes in dogs and cats
R.H. Lumbis
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March 2017
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In our edition of: Jun 2017
In our categories of: small animals

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Lumbis, R.H. (2017) How to place commonly used feeding tubes in dogs and cats. The Veterinary Nurse, 8(2), pp. 104-115

In hospitalised patients there is often a need to provide nutritional support and the benefits of rapid initiation of feeding are widely recognised in both the veterinary and human literature.

This article provides step by step instructions, with photographic illustrations, on how to place a selection of the most common feeding tubes used in small animal practice including:

  • Naso-oesophageal and naso-gastric
  • Oesophagostomy
  • Gastrostomy

The advantages and disadvantages of each type of tube are also discussed.

The article also draws attention to the fact that veterinary personnel should be aware of the regulations regarding the placement of the different types of tubes. For example whilst the placement of certain feeding tubes is reserved for veterinary surgeons under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 (Schedule 3 Amendment) Order 2002 RVNs are permitted to place naso-oesophageal and naso-gastric feeding tubes.

Take Home

This is a useful practical guide to using feeding tubes in small animal practice

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