I am a breeder. I have used many incubators in my life now… I’ve been creative and made my DIY units… till my last one ran out , I decided to look around and find something cleaner ( when put together), something portable and affordable… I am not a USA resident ( so $=$$$) anyhow overall I am very happy with this unit… I already used it some kittens and I will not stress it enough to a must HAVE! I tell all my breeder friends-you need one at all costs ! It saves so many lives and helps babies… please do yourself a favour and get one… also lifeline pets were fast to ship it out and I got it within days! Hope this helps the person reading my review!
Nebulizer Adapter worked as described. It paired up great with our CompAIR Compressor Nebulizer System and Brooder 90. Shipping was fast. I would purchase again from Life Line Pet Supplies.
I would love to have given a review of this in action, but I haven't had a litter of pups yet since receiving. I can say, that when I received the incubator the UPS person had dropped the box down a few stairs on the way to the door. I was scared and we opened it right there to make sure the product was safe. The box had fragile handle with care all over it! To our amazement the whole unit was packed so tight with bubble wrap that everything was protected. Each piece was individually wrapped with care. I the UPS person and I were very impressed. We did make sure the unit worked and that is as far as I have gotten so far.
These are by far the best products I have used for tube feeding. Never an issue and always a must have to use and have on had.
Having to tube feed any animal has always been a challenge for me, because I worry about “get it wrong,” thus doing more harm than good. I’ve had to tube feed goats and puppies over the years and took the advise of my veterinarian who told me, “Look at it as if you don’t they won’t make it, because they probably won’t if you don’t.” The vet always supplied me with the red feeding tubes, which I found tended to be rather stiff in my opinion, thus not very forgiving. That did not help me feel any more comfortable when it came to tube feeding.
With my last litter in 2021 of Corgis, the dam developed Excess Fetal Membrane Fluid, or (in dogs) Canine Maternal Hydrops. She showed no outwardly visible signs such as edema or being lethargic. I did not think much of periodic urine dribble 6 days before her due date. 24 hours later, she went into labor, then I knew something was horribly wrong. Her labor quickly stalled and I headed for the vet. An ultrasound was done which showed puppies were in distress, but the excess fluid was still not obvious. I was given the option of meds to stimulate labor or do a c-section. I went with my gut and said c-section. It was not until the vet got in there that it was obvious there was a problem. Then, it was even obvious to me that there was too much fluid in her tubes that you really could not see the puppies. The choice of a c-section had been the right one!
If we have to do a c-section, we try to have one person per puppy based on the number expected by the x-ray done 7-10 days prior to the due date. That day we also had the advantage of both vets being on hand, so we had one vet to assist with the puppies after delivery as well. I feel so fortunate for that and the fact the the vet doing the c-section was familiar with “Hydrops” having seen it in horses, sheep, and cows before, so she acted quickly and was able to pull add through Ady and 4 of the 5 puppies survived. The 5th was barely breathing. It was a fighter and almost pulled through. The vet told me that Ady probably would not come into her milk because of delivering so early plus due to the hydramnios/hydrops, so I should “prepare for the long haul of tube feeding and bottle feeding puppies.”
I suddenly very felt ill prepared despite the feeding kit I had waiting at home of red feeding tubes, syringes, the standard puppy/kitten bottles and nipples you can find in stores (which I’d never had much luck with) and Miracle Nipples along with the goat milk I had waiting at home. 20 years of raising goats and 6 years of raising Corgis seemed like nothing facing the task of caring for Ady’s puppies as well as Ady. I’ve learned animal mama’s also tend to know when something is wrong and I knew Ady. I’ve seen the extremes; the ones that refuse to have anything to do with a weak baby and I’ve seen the ones that look longingly at me to help save their baby. I knew Ady would be giving me those sad brown eyes pleading for me to save her puppies and I felt unequal to the task.
It was that sinking feeling that I needed better solutions that had me immediately began an internet search. Thankfully, I came across Life Line Pet Supplies, where I learned about these clear feeding tubes as well as the Dr. Brown’s supplies they carry. It was the reviews that sold me on trying them. I paid for 2nd day shipping and my order arrived quickly as I used red feeding tubes in the meantime.
The clear feeding tubes (I have 3.5fr and 5fr on hand) are so much more flexible than most of the red feeding tubes I've used. Their softness and flexibility make me more comfortable tube feeding. I’m a very visual person, so the clear tube also means I can see the goat milk passing through the tube, which is comforting and eliminates any guess work. Being clear I am also assured I’ve gotten it as clean as possible. I measure the puppy as my veterinarian taught me years ago and place a piece of painters tape on the tube to mark how far in the tube should go.
After several days, I was able to get 3 puppies onto the Dr. Brown’s Accu-Feed bottle with the Ultra Preemie nipple. The 4th puppy resisted everything, even tube feeding was a huge challenge with her. She fought it with all the strength she had! Thankfully and as I expected Ady (she was as determined as I knew she would be) came into her milk it just took 2 weeks.
My newborn kit will never be without these clear feeding tubes, painter’s tape, an assortment of Dr. Brown’s bottles & nipples, Miracle nipples, an assortment of NeoMed syringes and Dr. Brown’s bottle warmer!
Before storing the feeding tubes, I make sure they’re completely dry, then put them in a zip lock bag (getting out as much air as possible) before putting them back into my newborn kit. Then store the whole kit in a cool dark place to help prolong the life of the tubing. I keep powdered goat milk on hand in the freezer to prolong its shelf life as well.
After a good bit and research I settled on this incubator. Still a little leery I went through with the purchase. I had a long talk with the manufacturer and discovered he had been a breeder and show dog person. That gave me a good bit of comfort knowing this person knew the importance and what we put into our puppies. I opted for the humidifier with, though I have not yet used or needed it at this point. It arrived perfectly and carefully packaged with very clear assembly instructions. I did watch the assembly video as well which was very thorough. I had 2 litters coming shortly so I practiced a bit with it. Both of my girls ended up being emergency C-sections within a day of each other...talk about stressful! But knowing these pups were in the perfectly heated environment from the minute they were cleaned up helped MY stress, while they waited for mom to recover. Driving home with them plugged in and digital monitoring was so good...and I could see them! Both the ER clinic and my Vet were highly impressed by this and pretty much everyone HAD to see it...even the day Vets as they started rolling in that morning. The one Dr. said he felt it was a must have for their clinic since it had the nebulizer/O2/humidity ports as well. I will be interested to see if they purchase them! Just a few days after the birth of the second litter I had a wee one with difficulty....failure to thrive a bit. Having the Incubator on stand by was a blessing for sure...the puppy is doing well now.
If you have 2 litters a year...you will use this. If you have one rough litter...you WILL use this!
Both of my cats get oral medications and these syringes are a good size and a perfect fit for drawing liquid out of dispenser bottles. I’ve had others with tips too small or too large to fit, but these are just right.
Love the mini Miracle Nipples for the neo-natal kittens. They latch right on them.
Like the miracle oring syringes because they last longer than the other syringes for feeding and hope the nipples will work for my wildlife babies.
The syringes are terrific, very easy to read & to use. The rubber plunger works great, thank you! Very fast shipping as well.
In cat rescue I end up bottle feeding orphan kittens and keep Miracle Nipples on hand year round. It becomes a challenge with nipples. The pet baby bottles you buy on the shelf on the store you have to puncture the hole for the milk to flow and it never works for me or the baby animal. They don't like the nipple and they don't like the volume that comes out. You can attach your Miracle Nipple to these bottles. It's the best solution I have found. If you have to add pumpkin to the formula for constipation it sometimes plugs up because the hole in nipple for formula to flow is small. I mostly use the longer nipple which may be to long for new born kittens but Miracle Nipple has a shorter one as well I also keep on hand.
Absolutely order the 2-way oxygen connector. This makes it easy to connect to the incubator. Also if it becomes necessary to use the oxygen mask this
makes it simple to do and able to keep the pup in the incubator.
Choosing this incubator was an excellent choice. I have a litter and it working perfectly and exactly as described. The temp is steady and stays within a 1 degree range. I can also easily control the humidity. I would highly recommend this incubator.
I use the 3.5fr feeding tubes for very young foster kittens that are unable to feed from a bottle. This size is perfect.
I’ve had my incubator for two weeks now and it is performing well. I take it back and forth between work/home and it is lightweight enough to do that but sturdy enough that I feel comfortable doing so. The ordering process was really easy; they answered my questions (even after what I would have considered office hours) and helped me sign up for the non-profit discount. The incubator arrived within two days of ordering and was packed securely. It gets up to temp quickly, is very quiet, and easy to operate. Appreciate the built in viewing light and cooling feature. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an affordable incubator and would work with this company again.