Tube feeding is often the safest and only method of feeding a newborn puppy, especially weak and low birthweight puppies, who may lack a suckling reflex or are too weak to suckle efficiently. More often than not, the first time we tube feed is in an emergency and we may not be confident or mentally prepared for it. And it may be scary. The second time is easier, and before you know it, you are a pro. Because it saves many a puppy, tube feeding is an invaluable skill for breeders and animal carers.
Tube feeding equipment is typically orange in colour (sometimes purple), indicating that it is for enteral feeding. The equipment has a slightly different fitting to normal luer slip syringes. This prevents misconnections in a hospital setting (IV lines, oxygen lines etc). Our feeding tubes and syringes are human hospital grade, with enteral fittings. Therefore, please note that they ARE NOT luer slip compatible. Feeding tubes are clear with markings every centimetre, and our compatible syringes have a silicone o-ring for superior smooth action and improved re-use. Never trim a feeding tube, and never feed a cold baby.