Describe the placement and procedure of a gavage/stomach tube. Include
>significance of head in natural flex position
>checking placement. Lungs or stomach?
Measure gavage tube before insertion - tip of nose to last rib. Restrain, leaving head free. Insert mouth speculum behind incisors. Moisten tube then place through speculum inserting to the marked line. Keep head in natural flex position so tube goes into stomach not lungs. To inure proper placement put the free end of tube in water. If air bubbles appear then you are in the lungs if air bubbles are not present inject water in tube and then aspirate to check for greenish/brown stomach contents. Continue by injecting solution then flush with water. Bend the tube before removing to prevent contents from entering the lungs. After the procedure observe the rabbit for any signs of distress