Topic: Pictures of Dewer, NW Instructions and Supplies
For all the ladies out there who have wondered what the Shipment looks like from Northwest... enjoy this picture series!
First, the dewer in its box. The box is 1 foot wide and deep, and 2 feet high. I can lift it, and I'm not that strong... so less than 20 pounds.
Next, what's written on the side of the box. NW did say they'll be getting new boxes soon, that don't scream "Cryobank" all over them.
These are all the packets of information that came with the box, including our two insemination kits (one for each vial).
What you see when you take out the papers:
For comparison, with my hand, but it makes the tank actually look smaller than it is... That or I have really big hands!
This is Jane's hand lifting the... I don't know all the words. She's lifting the container that the caines are attached to. The caines have the actual vials stuck to them. So you lift out the container, THEN pull out the caines (takes two hands).
She's reaching for the actual caine now, while her other hand holds up the container.
This is what the vial looks like attached to the caine, right out of the dewer. You just kind of snap it off. The vial is plastic, so you won't break it. But one time, it kinda went flying across the room and rolled under the bed... cough. Yeah. Hold it tightly while you are snapping it off! Thank goodness they have screw-tops that are really well sealed.
Putting it all back in, this is what the container and caines look like inside the dewer.
This is the vial defrosting on our dresser. It crystallizes for the first few minutes, then the crystals melt into water, and it gets wet, then it's not too cold to hold in your bare hands anymore (it gave me shivers holding it right out of the tank).
This is the instruction sheet for the Basic At Home AI kit.
These are the contents of the Basic kit, including one instruction sheet, one syringe/catheter instruction sheet, one syringe, one catheter, and one instead cup.
A close-up of the syringe and catheter:
Our vials had more than 1ml in them, so we had to do a refill and reinsertion. To avoid having to do that in the future, we bought 3mm syringes from the exact same company Northwest gets their supplies from. This is the link to the exact product we bought: http://www.shopmedvet.com/category/s?keyword=3CC22X1VL
They worked awesome for this time. We have a box of 100 of them too, for $6. Maybe some gals on the forums want to go in and split them, for like 2 bucks each, get 20? They do have needles, but they unscrew (while still in a safe case), and you can throw them away. But we actually used the needle to suck up EVERY last drop out of the vial. Much better with the syringe than without actually, in terms of getting it all out of the vial. Then we sucked up a little more preseed to make sure none was in the needle, then cased, unscrewed and threw away the needle. Then used the syringe.
I believe you can also get catheters from the same website. We didn't look, as we were doing IUI vials as though they were ICI.
I hope this helps other ladies out there wondering what exactly their tanks will look like! I hear sometimes Northwest also puts in pregnancy tests too, with cute notes wishing you luck. Our two tanks did not have these, but that's okay - we ordered cheap tests of eBay!