To tube feed 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.
The syringes are typically either purple or orange in colour, indicating that they are for tube feeding. They do however have a different fitting to normal luer slip syringes. This prevents misconnections in a hospital setting (IV lines, oxygen lines etc).
We have two systems for tube feeding:
Our feeding tubes and syringes are human hospital-grade.