The 6 Ps of Tube Feeding Puppies
In this Vet Minute, Revival's Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, shares six quick tips on how to tube feed newborn puppies.
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Video TranscriptFaced with a tube feeding dilemma? Hi, I'm Doctor Greer, Director of Veterinary Services with Revival Animal Health and in this Vet Minute we are going to be talking about why tube feeding is a great option for puppies who aren't nursing well. I want to be clear, tube feeding is scary for a lot of people. We want to have six steps so we do this correctly. The first step is to premeasure your tube, the second is to prewarm the puppy and the formula. The third is to pass with the tube to the left, the fourth is to pass the tube with the chin of the puppy down. The fifth is to pinch the tail or toe of the puppy prior to feeding to make sure you're not in the airway. And 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.
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