What about dogs?
This question was posed to us by our very first veterinary customer when they saw Kitty Kollars®. Dogs and cats are quite different in terms of neck size and length. So we gave it some thought and then, as with the first Kitty Kollar, necessity intervened. A little cocker spaniel had an e-tube placed, and received the first Kanine Kollar. To the right is a picture of a proud mom with her little Chihuahua, who is recovering nicely from kidney disease thanks to his e-tube and his Kanine Kollar “wardrobe.”
We’ve gone on to develop a total of six sizes, which can accommodate animals from 2# up to 120#. So anything from a teacup Pomeranian to a Rottweiler can be outfitted.
When Kitty Kollar was developed, very few dogs were fitted with e-tubes. In the intervening years, there has been a substantial increase in their use in dogs. From severe IBD, to protein-losing nephropathy, mouth injuries, CRF or even just having to administer multiple medications, the use of tubes is saving lives and improving quality of life now more than ever.
One of our end users, Dr. Jared Jaffey, who is in his veterinary residency, has worked with many owners and fielded their questions about what it means to have an e-tube for their best friend. Dr. Jaffey feels passionate that there should be more information available to dog owners considering this procedure – including what it can mean in terms of treating the illnesses as well as what it means to their dog’s quality of life.
Dr. Jaffey was kind enough to provide answers to many of the questions and concerns you might have about Canine Esophagostomy Tubes. He also provides an excellent explanation of what happens with kidney disease and the role of fluids, which will be helpful to read if you have a cat with kidney disease as well.