Tube feeding advantages are that it takes very little time and you always know how much the puppy is getting.
Burping is not necessary in tube feeding. The disadvantages are the puppy's become lazy eaters.
If you tube feed because the puppy has a congenital defect like a bad heart
or other life endangering defect, his chances of survival are poor. A puppy that
has no congenital problem has a good chance of survival.
Directions on tube feeding
Measure the distance from the pups mouth to the last
rib and mark the tube, changing the distance as the pup grows.
Be a good Breeder
Many breeders will just let a fading pup die because it is very
stressful on them. I believe that I am responsible for the pup being born in the first place because I chose to bred the two dogs.
There has been times when my husband Jay would come home from work and find me crying
because I'm exhausted by lack of sleep and stress from listening to
it's screams for days. The vet has no idea what to do and I've tried every remedy in the book
and the puppy is still failing. Then just when I'm at the end of my rope, I go
in the nursery and he's alert and hungry and looking at me, like he knows I was
there for him. There isn't a better feeling. This is why I do it. No matter how
much stress it puts on me, I will do anything in my power to save a fading
Written by Debbie Jensen