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Disposable Polypropylene Animal Feeding Tubes

A recommended animal welfare refinement, plastic gavage tubes from Instech Laboratories are flexible to reduce trauma, translucent to visualize delivery, and disposable to eliminate both the cost of cleaning and the chance of compound crossover.

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Polypropylene Feeding Tubes for Rodents – Disposable Animal Feeding Needles for Mice and Rats

Our oral gavage tubes are flexible to reduce the risk of trauma and disposable to eliminate the cost of cleaning and the chance of compound crossover. Flexible tubes are recommended as an animal welfare refinement over rigid metal tubes.

We manufacture the feeding tubes using medical grade materials to minimize the risk of interactions with test compounds. The tube is constructed of polypropylene, the same material used in plastic syringes. The soft elastomer tip is designed to prevent inadvertent placement in the trachea and reduce the risk of perforation.

Available in boxes of 250 pieces (50 sterile pouches of 5), or smaller boxes of 50 pieces.

Proper restraint and dosing technique are critical for success, and the technique with flexible tubes is different from rigid tubes; see the training videos on the main Instech website for assistance.

Features and Benefits

  • Flexible to reduce the risk of perforation
  • Soft tip to minimize trauma
  • Disposable – no cleaning
  • Disposable – no risk of residual compound
  • Faster to train new technicians
  • Available in a variety of diameters and lengths (request a free sample pack to find out what works best for you)

 

New size available
Instech have added a thirteenth size to their line of polypropylene tubes for rodent oral dosing. The 64mm (2.5in) length sits halfway between the 18ga-50mm (2in) and the 15ga-78mm (3in) tubes. It is designed for rats that are small enough that the 78mm tube, the most popular rat tube, might accidentally enter the stomach during gavage. The 15ga tube has an outer diameter of 1.8mm, a soft bulb tip 3mm in diameter, and an inner diameter of 1.2mm. If you are administering viscous compounds, backpressure with a 15ga tube will be approximately eight times lower than with an 18ga tube.

 

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Ordering Information

Part Number Description Quantity
FTP-22-25 Plastic feeding tubes, 22ga (black) x 25mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-22-25-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 22ga (black) x 25mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-22-38 Plastic feeding tubes, 22ga (black) x 38mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-22-38-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 22ga (black) x 38mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-20-30 Plastic feeding tubes, 20ga (yellow) x 30mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-20-30-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 20ga (yellow) x 30mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-20-38 Plastic feeding tubes, 20ga (yellow) x 38mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-20-38-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 20ga (yellow) x 38mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-18-30 Plastic feeding tubes, 18ga (pink) x 30mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-18-30-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 18ga (pink) x 30mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-18-38 Plastic feeding tubes, 18ga (pink) x 38mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-18-38-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 18ga (pink) x 38mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-18-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 18ga (pink) x 50mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-18-50-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 18ga (pink) x 50mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-18-75 Plastic feeding tubes, 18ga (pink) x 75mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-18-75-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 18ga (pink) x 75mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-15-64 Plastic feeding tubes, 15ga (blue) x 64mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-15-64-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 15ga (blue) x 64mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-15-78 Plastic feeding tubes, 15ga (blue) x 78mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-15-78-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 15ga (blue) x 78mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-15-100 Plastic feeding tubes, 15ga (blue) x 100mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-15-100-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 15ga (blue) x 100mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-13-90 Plastic feeding tubes, 13ga (purple) x 90mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-13-90-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 13ga (purple) x 90mm, sterile Box of 50
FTP-13-150 Plastic feeding tubes, 13ga (purple) x 150mm, sterile Box of 250
FTP-13-150-50 Plastic feeding tubes, 13ga (purple) x 150mm, sterile Box of 50

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