Access to the cheek teeth of rabbits is a problem recognised by all involved in their dental care. A combination of the diets fed to pet rabbits and the head shapes selected for, both contribute to malocclusion issues, requiring treatment which necessitates access via the (small!) rabbit mouth.
The table top gag is designed to hold the rabbit at the optimum angle for easy access. The traditional gag tends to drag and tilt the head sideways The addition of the light makes a huge difference to visibility, without the need for more hands in the way.
The platform of the gag itself is now made of PTFE. This has very different thermal properties from the original metal base. It is a far better insulator and helps retain the patient’s body heat during anaesthesia.
Care of the Table Top Gag
Routine cleaning of the Table Top Gag with environmental detergents and disinfectants is adequate. For best results use cleaners designed for stainless steel on the metal components, and avoid iodine based compounds on the PTFE base as this may result in staining. This is purely cosmetic and will not affect the gag’s performance.
All moving parts should be lubricated regularly with surgical instrument lubricant to keep them moving freely.
The complete gag is autoclavable. If available, use the 121˚ setting although 135˚ can be used. Take the top assembly off the platform before autoclaving. Pack the platform flat, as far as possible from the heater element, and do not stack other items on top. The platform should be left flat to cool after autoclaving, to avoid any distortion.