Tools of the trade: One Puff Puppy/Kitten Aspirator/Resuscitator Kit

 aspirator/resuscitator kitby Dr Justin Ward, Reedy Creek Veterinary Surgery, Varsity Lakes, QLD

This is a piece of equipment that’s primarily used to resuscitate puppies and kittens that are born by caesarian.

What’s good about it

It’s an effective, easy-to-use, easy-to-clean, robust little kit that definitely helps improve neonatal care. It’s basically two small masks that connect to handheld devices. One is an aspirator to withdraw fluid from the airways and the other is a resuscitator that pumps air into the lungs and stimulates breathing. Often, they are used one after the other.

They are both manually operated and made of durable plastic with a small spring load. It has a very ergonomic design and fits nicely in the hand. It is much more efficient than the old-style plastic bulbs that were very cumbersome to use.

While some people give mouth-to-mouth to puppies, it’s not a good idea to come into contact with some of those membranes and fluids, particularly with the risk of Q fever. This kit is a much better option. 

We do a lot of caesarians at our practice and that is why we purchased this kit. It was very easy for staff to master and doesn’t have a steep learning curve.

What’s not so good

While it’s unlikely to do harm to the animal while using this device, you do have to be careful. You wouldn’t want to overdo either action and you need to use a gentle touch.

Where did you get it

Whelping Supplies

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