The purpose of this study was to evaluate complications and owner impressions of a low profile gastrostomy device (LPGD) for enteral feeding in dogs. Medical records of dogs that had placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube followed by a LPGD between 1995 and 2003 were reviewed. Fifteen dogs had 29 devices placed for a variety of disease states in which enteral nutritional support was indicated. The individual tubes were placed for a median duration of 212 d. Most complications occurred more than 15 d after placement and were of no health risk to the animals. The most common reason for LPGD replacement was leakage through the 1-way antireflux valve. Fourteen of 15 owners that were contacted were supportive of the device. Based on its durability, ease of placement, minor complications, and positive owner impressions, we conclude that the LPGD is a valuable device for long-term enteral nutritional support of dogs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Canadian Veterinary Journal|
|State||Published - Feb 2006|
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