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New method for removing mucus from the nostrils of newborn puppies


Most of the current methods for removing fluids and mucus from the upper respiratory tract of puppies following caesarean section are either traumatizing, may cause bleeding or cannot be applied to puppies of all sizes.

A new method for removal of mucus and fluid from the respiratory tract of puppies suffering from respiratory distress syndrome was recently described by researchers from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Veterinary Record.

A nasal aspirator commonly used in human neonates was evaluated in terms of practicability, efficacy and safety, in comparison with a syringe mount attached to a 1 ml syringe. In total, 171 puppies were included in the study.

The use of the nasal aspirator designed for human neonates was found to be beneficial, as the fluids were removed from the nasal cavity by suction. The nasal aspirator was more effective and also safer compared with the use of syringe mounts applied to 1 ml syringes. Unlike with the syringe mount, no side effects such as bleeding of the nostrils were observed with the nasal aspirator.

The authors conclude that, in contrast to traditional methods, such as swinging of puppies, as well as placing tubes or syringe mounts into the nostrils, the nasal aspirator harbours no risk of injury associated with catheterization and had a higher success rate. In addition, nasal aspirators are easy to clean and can be disinfected, to ensure optimum hygienic conditions.

Article details

  • Author(s)
  • R. Wood
  • Date
  • 11 April 2012
  • Source
  • Veterinary Record
  • Subject(s)
  • Veterinary medicine