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Vet Minute: The 6 Ps of Tube Feeding Puppies

How do you feed a puppy with a feeding tube? In this Vet Minute, Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, shares six quick tips on how to tube feed newborn puppies. If you need help with feeding puppies, call us at 800.786.4751.

The 6 Ps of Tube Feeding Puppies

Tube Feeding Newborn Puppies

Faced with a puppy tube feeding dilemma? Tube feeding is a great option for puppies who aren’t nursing well. Follow these six steps to do newborn puppy tube feeding correctly.

  1. The first step is to premeasure your puppy feeding tube.
  2. The second is to prewarm the puppy and the Breeder’s Edge Foster Care Canine milk replacer formula.
  3. The third is to pass with the tube to the left.
  4. The fourth is to pass the tube with the chin of the puppy down.
  5. The fifth is to pinch the tail or toe of the puppy prior to feeding to make sure you’re not in the airway.
  6. The sixth is to place the end of the tube in a bowl of water to check for bubbles (I personally don’t do this step but it can be reassuring when you are not quite sure and all alone.) If there are bubbles, you are in the airway. You need to pull the tube and start over.

If you have more questions on tube feeding puppies, call us at 800.786.4751.

Written by: Marty Greer, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services

Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 40+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She’s served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2019. In 2023, Dr. Greer was named the Westminster Kennel Club Veterinarian of the Year.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.