ESOPHAGOSTOMY TUBE FEEDING
What is an esophagostomy tube?
An esophagostomy tube is a small rubber tube that enters the
esophagus through the skin of the neck. The esophagus is the
muscular tube that transports food from the mouth to the stomach.
The esophagostomy tube does not go into the stomach because of
complications that can develop. It enters the esophagus so that food
can be delivered to the stomach by-passing the mouth and pharynx.
What food is used with an
esophagostomy tube, and how do you feed a pet with it?
A special food mixture (listed
below) is syringed through the tube three to five times per day.
This food is formulated to meet the dog's nutritional needs; it
should not cause vomiting or diarrhea. To feed your dog, follow
Place 1 can of Prescription Diet p/d + 10 oz (300 ml) of
water in a blender and run it at the fastest speed (liquefy) until
the food is uniformly mixed. After mixing, pour the food through a
Remove the cap from the feeding tube.
Using the syringe provided, inject ________ ml of the food
into your dog's feeding tube ________ times per day for a total of
________ ml per 24 hours. It is helpful to inject the food slowly,
about 1 cc per second, and to elevate your dog's front feet so the
food goes easily into the stomach.
When the food has been injected, rinse 10 cc of tap water
through the tube to flush any remaining food from the tube. Replace
the cap on the feeding tube.
Any remaining blenderized food should be stored in the
refrigerator. Before the next feeding, it should be warmed to body
temperature under hot tap water or in a microwave oven. If you heat
it in a microwave oven, be sure to thoroughly mix the contents prior
to feeding because of uneven heating. Also, always check the
temperature prior to feeding to be sure that it is not too hot. If
the food is too warm, you may inadvertently injure your petís
esophagus or stomach.
Contact the hospital if you experience any difficulty when
feeding your pet through its esophagostomy tube.
When is the tube removed?
This decision is based on the condition being treated. You will be
instructed when to return, but removal of the tube is simple and
does not require anesthesia. However, you should not attempt to
remove it yourself.
measuring devices are measured in milliliters (ml) and others in
cubic centimeters (cc). For our purposes, 1 ml equals 1 cc.