How to Place an Esophageal Feeding Tube in a Cat | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos

May 2024

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Dr. Nancy Zimmerman, MS, CCRT, DACVS (with help from Dr. Jennifer Mahon, DACVECC too!) demonstrates how to place an esophageal feeding tube in a cat. This procedure requires general anesthesia, sterile technique, a feeding tube (e.g., a large bore French red rubber), appropriate equipment (including a scalpel, suture, Carmalt forceps or the equivalent, an E-collar, etc.), and the patient placed in right lateral recumbency. This video, filmed at the Oquendo Center of the Viticus Group, demonstrates a procedure that veterinarians should feel comfortable performing to provide enteral feeding – particularly to the icteric cat!

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