yes my question is on English bulldog puppies breaders. Is it good for them to tube feed baby puppies after they are born even when mom is nursing fine.
Ah, I didn't know that! I've mostly read about tube feeding in crisis cases and wild animal rehab, didn't realize it was commonly done with experienced breeders.If the bitch has a good milk supply and the pups don't have a physical problem that makes nursing difficult, then the breeder shouldn't be needing to supplement unless it's a really big litter, in which case, tube feeding is faster and easier than bottle feeding, as long as you know what you are doing.
I wouldn't say it's common, but yes, you can tube feed several puppies in the time it takes to bottle feed one.Ah, I didn't know that! I've mostly read about tube feeding in crisis cases and wild animal rehab, didn't realize it was commonly done with experienced breeders.
I have with both kittens and calves. In the case of kittens it was due to Mother being gone (orphans). Tube feeding was so much more expedient but you do have to be careful of aspiration. I never tube fed kittens if they had a queen to nurse from.If you aren't expert - and probably sometimes when you are - you run the risk of causing aspiration of the formula. It's hard to imagine anyone does it if it's not really necessary.