Esophagostomy tubes (e-tubes) have helped save countless feline and canine lives. Here are a few tips I have learned from the long term use of an e-tube in my cat afflicted with intestinal lymphoma. None of these tips are meant to replace the advice of your veterinarian; always follow their protocol and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
By Shelby Deering “We should move forward with the feeding tube.” Those are the words my husband and I were dreading. It all started in early November 2016, when our sweet, energetic corgi, Ginger, suddenly displayed out-of-the-ordinary symptoms. After several accidents on the floor and noted lethargy for a couple days, we didn’t waste time and took her to our vet right away. And at first, she was perplexed.
The HHHHMM Scale for Quality of Life was developed by Dr. Alice Villalobos, author of Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology (Blackwell Publishing, 2006). The scale can be used as a guide to help you and your veterinarian rationally assess whether your pet is experiencing a good or acceptable quality of life.
by Dr. Jared Jaffey DVM, MS – Small Animal Internal Medicine, Resident
The recommendation to place a feeding tube in a dog is typically received with angst and trepidation from dog owners. Many owners find it difficult to conquer the mental hurdle of their dog having a feeding tube.