Osmotic pump implantation

Osmotic pumps can be implanted subcutaneously or intraperitoneally and are often coupled with brain cannulas and provide a convenient method for the chronic dosing of laboratory animals. They reduce handling and stress to laboratory animals and allow for targeted delivery of agents to virtually any tissue.

Does not include osmotic pump cost.

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Cost: $77 before Hope Center Member subsidy.

Post-Operative care

This procedure will cause the rodent to experience a mild pain level. Your animal will be given buprenorphine, which will provide pain relief for 8-12 hours.

The following is the responsibility of the client and not included in procedure price.
For an additional fee, surgery core personnel will complete the following tasks and fill out the required DCM documentation (surgical record cards).

Rodent Post-Surgical Monitoring Card

Card Instructions

  • Monitor for 8-12 hrs for signs of pain and distress such as shaking, lethargy, chewing of tail, arched back, lack of grooming, etc.
  • Check surgical wounds for infection. 
  • Mark the green card daily for 1 time points and note the date sutures are removed on the front of the card. The card must remain on the cage until the sutures are removed in 7-10 days.
  • Keep the card for 2 years.

Hazardous Materials Card

Required if administering hazardous substances.

Card Instructions

Place the animal in a clean cage after it recovers from surgery.

DCM will not change the cage or directly handle any animals that have been exposed to hazardous materials while the red card is on the cage. They will add food or water as necessary. The experimenter is responsible for changing the cage until the card is removed 3 days after the last administration of the hazardous compound.

Once the red card is removed, change the cage and place soiled cage into an autoclave or biohazard bag. Ask your animal facility staff where they want the cage left for disinfection.

Special Instructions Card

Multi-purpose PI instructions to caretaker. Examples include fasting, special feed, special water, single housing, do not change cage, euthanasia, or other request as noted.

Card Instructions

  • House individually.

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