Lack of appetite is a common symptom in dogs and sick cats, however, when this symptom worsens and the animal stops eating completely, this leads to worsening of the condition and may have serious consequences for his recovery. This makes it necessary to give the animal a proper nutritional support via feeding tubes. Such probes may vary according to each case. The most commonly used types are listed below:
– naso-gastric probe or naso-esophageal: this type of tube is the simplest to place, usually with sedation and local anesthetic, but has a limited volume and the food consistency because as the diameter of the probe is small, it It should be quite liquid. It is indicated for long term use and may be for 5 to 7 days.
– esophageal probe: this type of tube is greater than a naso-gastric tube and enters the esophagus through a small incision in the neck. The cat or dog must be anesthetized to put this type of probe. The larger diameter feed tube allows the volume is greater and the food is firmer consistency. These probes can be kept for longer periods, until the animal again feel like eating.
– gastric probe: probe placed directly into the stomach through surgery. Despite the ease of putting food in this type of probe, the risk of accidents and infections is higher and, therefore, has been little used.
The gavage is the type most commonly used in clinical routine Pet Care , especially in cats that stop eating for more than three days. When discharged from the hospital, the animal’s guardian passes to feed and manage all the medications through the tube and this greatly facilitates the treatment and recovery of the animal.
Generally, there are few complications with the feeding tube once the cat is stable. The most common complications include infection at the site of the probe tube removal by the cat or the owner and clogging the tube. For this reason, the animal must periodically return to the hospital for a veterinarian instruct the tutor on how to resolve any complications or problems that may arise, and monitoring of clinical improvement and when the probe can now be removed.
If your pet stopped eating, seek veterinary help as soon as possible, as this can save the life of your dog or cat.