Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Gastric lavage

Contributor(s): Ken Harkin

Introduction

  • Placing a stomach tube allows evacuation of stomach contents to prevent absorption of contents or to relieve pressure in cases of gastric dilatation.

Uses

Advantages

  • Relatively safe if carried out correctly.
  • Simple and requires only equipment usually found in veterinary practice.
  • Effective.

Disadvantages

  • Only effective while stomach still contains poison - must be performed within 2 hours of poison ingestion.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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