The Plas-Labs Feret restrainer is a modifed version of a similar device initailly described by Dr. Daniel McLain in the Volume #35, No. 7 issue of Lab Animalmagazine.
The Plas-Labs units are offered in four (4) sizes taking into consideration the animals age, weight, and sex. The units are constructed of optical quality clear acrylic (Perspex™), and a formed black plastic nose cone with an Acetal™ locking slide. The main restraining cylinder can be rotated 360° to provide complete access to the animal. All units are mounted on a white acrylic base plate with suction cup feet to guarantee reliable stabilty during testing procedures. Counter top space required is 11.5" x 21."
The restrainers are offered as follows:
Catalog #571-FR, Size 64 mm I.D. x 18" long for animal weight range of 400-700 Grams.
Catalog #572-FR, Size 79 mm I.D. x 18" long for animal weight range of 650-1,100 Grams.
Catalog #573-FR, Size 88 mm I.D. x 18" long for animal weight range of 1,000-1,750 Grams.
Catalog #574-FR, Size 101 mm I.D. x 18" long for animal weight range of 1,500-2,000 Grams.
Insertion of the animal: Make sure the black nose cone is located near the front end of the restrainer.
- Place a small towel over (on top of) the clear plastic cylinder, loosen the two (2)black knobs, and remove the rear tail plate.
- Position the Ferret at the rear of the unit making sure the nose is pointing into the cylinder. The Ferret will enter the cylinder.
- Lift the animals tail and insert it through the long slot in the rear tail plate. Adjust the tail in the plate, and tighten the two (2)black knobs.
- Loosen the front nose cone locking knob and slide the cone up to the Ferret's nose. When adjusted correctly, tighten the nose cone locking knob.