Tube Feeding

Tube Feeding

  • Using a red rubber catheter (size of catheter depends on size of pup), place the closed tip end of catheter against the puppy, and measure from the last rib, all the way to the mouth.
  • Measure 75% of this length, and mark tube with permanent marker. Once the tube is placed, you should be able to see this mark at the opening of the mouth.
  • Fill tube with formula and make sure all air is expelled by overfilling the syringe, making sure milk comes out of the end of the red rubber catheter.
  • Slide tube into mouth along the hard palate, following the path of least resistance. If there is resistance, pull out and try again.  Once the tube is properly placed, pull back on the syringe to ensure that there is negative pressure (no air).
  • Push on the syringe plunger to feed.
  • Make sure to re-measure tube and adjust the depth as the puppy grows. THIS STEP IS VERY IMPORTANT
  • To decrease the chance of aspiration, kink the tube before pulling out
  • Feed _______ mls per day. Divide into 8-12 feedings initially. Then consult the veterinarian for further instructions.
  • Don’t forget to give 2mls (cc) of Nursemate supplement for the first few days. This is colostrum, which is very important for the protection of the immune system.
  • You can also mix any prescribed antibiotic solution into the formula and give it as directed.

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