Obstructions In The Oesophagus

Choking in cattle is of common occurrence, in consequence of turnips,

potatoes, carrots, or other hard substances, becoming lodged in the

oesophagus, or gullet.

These obstructions can sometimes be removed by careful manipulations

with the hand; but, where this can not be accomplished, the flexible

probang should be employed. This is a long India-rubber tube, with a

whalebone stillet running through it, so as to stiffen it when in use.

This instrument is passed down the animal's throat, and the offending

substance is thus pushed down into the stomach.

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