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Used for administering emergency colostrum or electrolytes direct into the stomach, using a 60ml syringe and a 35cm z 16Fg PVC stomach tube.
The tube is specially made with side delivery ports to ensure safe flow into the stomach.
Use with care.
Helpful information on Tube feeding
If the cria is too weak to take a bottle, tube feeding is appropriate. Before tube feeding an animal, hold the tube against the criaís side and estimate the distance between the corner of the animalís mouth and the back of the shoulder (some people measure to the back of the ribs, which is the level of the stomach). Mark the tube to indicate this distance. This is the approximate distance you want to pass the tube. The cria is kushed and the head is held in a normal position, not with the nose up in the air.
Pass the lubricated tube slowly into the animalís mouth and along the roof of the mouth. If the cria will suck on the tube before it is passed, it may help close the gastric groove and more of the milk will pass directly into the third compartment. As the tube reaches the back of the throat you may feel some resistance. Apply gentle pressure to the tube and wait for the animal to swallow.
Donít force the tube!
The tube should then pass easily down the throat to your mark. Put a funnel or dosing syringe onto the tube and let the colostrum flow into the cria by gravity flow.
When removing the tube, keep your finger over the end of the tube so nothing spills and chokes the cria.
Note: If a significant amount of fluid or gas comes up the tube, donít give colostrum immediately.
Wait 2 to 3 hours and try again, or get veterinary help. This can be an indication that the cria is not digesting well. If there is excessive distension of the abdomen, reevaluate tube feeding. This cria may also need veterinary care.
It is very important to be positive that the tube is not in the lungs. Putting milk into the lungs is a virtually guaranteed way to start a nasty (and frequently fatal) case of pneumonia.
Practical ways to check placement of the tube include:
Pass the tube to the premeasured length. Feel or see the tube on the left side of the neck. Move it back and forth to check. It will feel like a second tube on the side of the neck next to the trachea.
Notice if there is condensation in the end of the tube. If there is, you are probably in the lungs.
Blow into the tube. If the tube is in the esophagus, the stomach (abdominal region) will expand. Gurgling sounds can also sometimes be heard.
Inject 10 to 15 ml of water into the tube. If the animal gags and/or coughs, you are in the lungs.
An occasional animal will not cough even if the tube is in the trachea.
Always consult your veterinarian
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