If you use the mail end of a gardon hose with the metal threads not plastic it's not as rough on them as theraw end of a hose. If this gets to be a recurring problem with others, drill a hole side to side in a block of wood just slightly larger then the hose and about twice as wide as the animals mouth. Pass the hose through the wood and stick the block in it's mouth as you start putting in the hose. Saves a lot of wear and tear on the hose and it will last almost indefinitly.
> I agree with Dun, a good hosing is
> in order. Put him in a head chute,
> open his mouth, push the tube up
> against the hard palate and slowly
> and gently push the tube down into
> the rumen. First sort of measure
> the length of the tube needed to
> get from his mouth to the rumen
> and mark the tube.You will feel a
> bit of resistence at one point but
> push gently and you will hear the
> gas escape.
> Get some Therabloat from your vet
> and put it down the tube.
> Give the critter some dry hay, and
> keep him moving and off the grass
> for a day or so. Watch , he may
> need a second tubing.
> Technic to pass the tube is really
> easy if you have seen it once.
> Head locked in chute, maybe a rope
> around neck to keep it in
> position, then you on the right
> side of animal, left arm around
> the head and grab the back of the
> mouth's lower jaw and pull it
> down. Then angle a tube, small
> garden hose without rough edges is
> ok, up against his hard palate at
> the top of his mouth and gently
> push it backwards. If you go to
> the trachea, he will cough. STOP
> and withdraw and try again. Once
> in the esophagus, he will start to
> chew and swallow the tube, and
> then gently advance until in and
> the gas comes out. Then have
> someone press gently on the rumen
> and express the gas out.
> Good luck. The first time is the