A PEG tube is a temporary or semi-permanent tube endoscopically placed into a patient’s stomach to allow the feeding of patients unwilling or unable to eat. The procedure is typically performed at the conclusion of a gastroduodenoscopy or esophageal balloon dilation procedure.
The tube is made of flexible latex and is slightly larger in diameter than a pencil. The tube is placed using the endoscope, from the inside of the stomach, through the wall of the stomach and out through the side of the abdomen. A loose-fitting T-shirt is worn by the patient to protect the tube and keep it clean.
A syringe will fit on the end of the tube in which blenderized food and liquid medications can be administered directly into the stomach.
PEG tubes can be used in both dogs and cats and they allow significant quantities of food to be fed with comfort and minimal anxiety to both the pet and the owner. PEG tubes allow patients to be discharged from the hospital earlier since they then can easily and reliably be fed and medicated at home. PEG tubes can remain in a patient for long periods of time, even up to years if needed.