How to manage indwelling feeding tubes in critically ill dogs and cats
Mirinda van Schoor
IntroductionAlthough not many veterinary research articles are available to prove the benefits of enteral nutrition in critically ill veterinary patients, it is widely accepted that providing nutrition improves outcome in these patients. In many cases patients do not voluntarily consume adequate levels of energy and feeding tubes are used to facilitate feeding. These include naso-enteric tubes, oesophagostomy tubes, gastrostomy tubes and jejunostomy tubes. This article gives a brief overview of the practical use and management of enteral feeding tubes and the technique for placement of naso-enteric tubes.
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