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Naso-oesophageal tube feeding in dogs and cats
  1. Celia Cox

    Celia Cox graduated in 1981 from the Royal Veterinary College, London. After five years in practice, she joined the University of Bristol, where she gained a certificate in veterinary radiology and a diploma of fellowship in small animal ear, nose and throat surgery. In 1988, she set up an ENT referral practice in the Southampton area and, in 1993, a hearing assessment clinic, to test dogs' and cats' hearing using the auditory brainstem response test. She currently runs hearing clinics in Winchester, Coventry, Gloucester and Bristol. She is an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (ENT).


NASO-OESOPHAGEAL tube feeding is a useful method for providing dogs and cats with their nutritional requirements when they are either too ill or traumatised to eat voluntarily. This important aspect of patient treatment is often neglected. Yet, if unattended, the animal will not only suffer from the effects of the original illness, but also from the secondary effects of malnutrition. The latter increase patients' recovery time and may even threaten their survival. By introducing appropriate supplementary nutrition early on, many animals may be saved or returned to health more quickly.

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