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LATEX TEATS & FEEDING BOTTLES
Bird stocks Passwell Latex Teats and Feeding Bottles.
Passwell makes their latex teats with a sleeve to fit bottles with a neck
diameter of 18-24mm. The 120 ml plastic
bottle has graduations in mL and fl. oz., that fit these teats.
( Click on picture to the left to view teat types in
more detail and check table at bottom for code details )
Teats should resemble mothers’ in
shape and length for mouth comfort, fit and correct tooth eruption.
Marsupial teats get longer as the joey grows, so progression to longer
teats is important. Suggested uses for the various teat sizes and shapes
are made below, however individual carers will be able to decide which is
the best for their individual animal.
Size of Hole
There is no hole in the teats, so
the carer can make a hole to suit the age of the animal. Pierce the tip of
the teat with a hot needle to make a hole about 1 mm in diameter, or for
large animals, cut a hole with scissors. If the hole is too small,
excessive sucking will quickly weaken the tip and the end will blow out.
If this is happening then the hole is probably too small for the animal.
Make a larger hole. The hole should be large enough for milk to drip out
slowly, when the bottle is inverted.
Small animals can be fed using a syringe with a teat
pulled over the end, to give greater control of milk flow with the
plunger. Guidance should be obtained from experienced carers on correct
feeding technique for different animals.
Care and Storage
Latex is a natural product. Deterioration can be slowed
by storing teats in a dry place away from light. An opaque, airtight
container should be used. Immediately after use, teats should be washed in
warm soapy water, dried and stored as above. Some carers sterilise by
boiling or with infant sterilising solutions.
||Type of Animal teats can be used for
||Small in-pouch kangaroos, wallabies,
||In-pouch kangaroos, wallabies, koalas
||Out of pouch kangaroos, wallabies
||Out of pouch kangaroos, wallabies,
||Deer. 26 mm finish to fit larger bottles
||Flying Fox, some breeds of dog
||Cats, rabbits, carnivorous marsupials
||Small dogs, possums, gliders
||Small, hard to feed mammals
||Large dogs, wombats, koalas