Editor´s note and preface: This article is a re-print of Dr. Homeyers recent contribution to
a ChevonTalk discussion group conversation. It is one of the best descriptions of the
tubing procedure that boergoats.com has encountered. The tube that both Dr. Homeyer and
we use is a 16-inch number 14-French feeding and urethral catheter tube. This type of tube
has a funnel-shaped connector for attaching a 60cc catheter-tip syringe. The tube also
has a rounded, closed tip with two staggered holes near the end. This configuration provides
easier insertion of the tube and reduces the possibility of the flow being interrupted by the
tip pressing against the stomach. This type tube is available from local medical supply companies
and through goat supply houses such as Furney's, Caprine Supply, and Hoegger.
I unfortunately drowned several kids a couple of years back before
I learned an effective method for tubing.
I hold the kid behind his head so
that he is hanging in a position perpendicular to the ground. I then put
the tube into the milk to moisten the tube and then gently insert the tube
into the kid's mouth slowly pushing the tube down into the stomach.
When the tube has been inserted with only about three inches of tube outside of
the kid I gently suck on the end of the tube and if I feel a vacuum I know
that the tube is in the stomach. If I don't feel the vacuum I am in the
lungs so I withdraw the tube and insert it again.
Once the tube is in
place I lay the kid on my left knee and connect the 60 cc (2 ounce)
syringe onto the end of the tube. I then carefully pour the milk into the
syringe. I let gravity flow pull the milk into the kid very slowly. I do not use
the plunger from the syringe to push the milk into the kid.
I normally deliver 4 ounces of milk per feeding as this is about all a small, weak
kid can handle.
Once I learned how to insert the tube into the stomach I have
lost very few kids through tubing. I hope this is helpful to some of you.
Regards, Fred Homeyer
Dr. Homeyer can be contacted at
Antelope Creek Ranch - Robert Lee, TX
Dr. Fred C. Homeyer
Professor and Head
Dept. of Computer Science
Angelo State University
San Angelo, TX 76909
FAX: (915) 942-2213
Office: (915) 942-2101
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