DECRO® jacket: a soft, stretch but resistant jacket for an optimal acceptance by the animals
DECRO Jacket is one of the main components of the solution. Firstly developed in rats, it is now available for multiple species. The jacket has benefited from extensive R&D work before reaching the current model, and has been extensively tested in different facilities and on animals from different strains, single housed but also socially-housed with cage-mates.
Only 10mn are necessary to equip an animal. To facilitate the dressing, we have designed a “dressing tube” that looks like an enrichment element in which the rat naturally wants to enter. The use of this dressing helper is not mandatory and may vary from one specie to another
Jackets are reusable on the same animal for several days, until the size does not fit anymore. You may need jackets of 2 sizes for a long study. This could depend on the age of your animals or possible weight variations
The jacket protects the external ECG electrodes and allows the recording of plethysmographic respiratory signals thanks to its 2 RIP bands (thorax and abdomen)
The jacket contains the Bluetooth emitter in its backpack, maintained with a hook. The ergonomics of the emitter has been tested to be the least disturbing for the animal’s movements
Animals are unrestrained and can express normal behaviour while being equipped with the jacket. Rats can wear the jacket continuously for periods of 48 hours
Different models are available from syrian hamster (150g) to juvenile minipigs (below 3kgs)
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