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Written by Administrator-GL   
Sunday, 03 June 2007
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Make sure you keep the tubing un-kinked, continue slowly putting the tubing down the throat .. allowing time for the goat to swallow in between pushes of the tube.. if you feel resistance STOP!
If the goat starts to choke violently STOP! You are in the windpipe! Retract the tubing and take a deep breath and start again.
Feed the tube slowly and gently into the goat allow the goat to swallow as you do this.. try not to rush yourself or the goat.

You will know when you are in far enough because the mark you made on the tube should be about even with the mouth..(allowing a slight variance)Double and triple check that you are DEFINITELY in the stomach and NOT the lungs!!
Listen to the end of the tube.. you should hear stomach noises.
Smell the end of the tube, it should smell like rumen contents.
Put a small mirror up to the end of the tube~ there should be NO breath marks being made on the mirror. If fog appears you are in the lungs!
Place the end of tubing in a glass of water.. if bubbles appear, you are in the lungs..STOP and re-insert!
IMPORTANT: I have seen some people suggesting that you blow gently into the tube to hear resonating sounds..DO NOT do this! This is VERY dangerous as you do not realize how strong your "puffs of breath " may be and you can easily pop the lungs of the goat or push matter down into the lungs if something happened to be in the airway.. **I have checked with many veterinarians about this practice to make sure this was the way to check and every one of them told me not do this..
You are much safer to use a mirror..(checking for fog which indicates you are in the lungs.. withdraw and re-insert) or a glass of water (looking for the bubbles which indicates you are in the lungs and not the stomach)..again.. withdraw and re-insert. Leave the resonating sound checks to the experienced veterinarians!

**If you have placed the entire length of the measured tubing into the goat without much resistance.. you can rest assured you did not go into the lungs.. first of all it would not fit the length..secondly had you pierced the lungs you would know it.. the goat would be in EXTREME distress and most likely be screaming or dying..

After you are absolutely sure you are in the stomach and not the lungs.. (you have either placed a mirror in front of the tube end and watched for fog on the mirror,indicating you are in the lungs..or you have placed the end of the tube into a glass of water and watched for bubbles which also would indicate you are in the lungs..) attach the syringe (minus needle and plunger) to the end of the tubing and carefully pour the oil mixture into the end slowly allowing the oil to go down the are better off to use a second syringe minus the needle to do this with..measuring the amount carefully as you administer the liquid into the second syringe casing.
Keep in mind any oil that dribbles down the Outside of the tubing will create problems as it will wick down the tubing and possibly get into the lungs..

If you are dealing with Free Gas Bloat ~ as soon as the tubing reached the rumen the gas will have come up and out of the tube.

When you are ready to remove the tubing..allow some time between the last pour into the tube and the withdrawal time.. then place your finger tip over the end of the tubing (like you used to do with a straw in a drink as a kid) leave it there as you slowly and gently remove the tubing from the goat. This will keep any contents from dripping out of the tubing on the way out and keep the lungs safer.

Give her a big kiss and tell her you love her.. and that you're sorry it was so uncomfortable.. She should be fine to recuperate from this now..

**Use this same technique for feeding a sick downed goat or administering meds directly into the rumen in extreme cases where it is important you get them into the goat ASAP..
** NEVER attempt to tube feed an unconscious goat!


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