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Calf Resuscitator
Animals that still have a heartbeat but haven't started breathing after a stressful birth can be saved using the "Breath of Life" Calf Resuscitator.
It consists of a telescoping pump unit and a mask with a rubber membrane that seals around the muzzle. The resuscitator works like a piston, drawing air through induction valves at one end and directing it, via a regulator valve, through the face mask to the animal to inflate its lungs. A rubber-mounted bi-directional valve allows the animal to exhale without the need to remove the mask. A constant volume of ambient air that contains 21 percent oxygen is delivered - about one third more oxygen than is in the exhaled air.
It takes five to 10 pumps of the unit to inflate the lungs to stimulate breathing. Sells for about $100. A model for lambs is also available and sells for about $40.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ritchey Tagg Limited, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4ES (ph 01765 689541; fax 01765 689851).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #1