Plantar Test/Tail Flick Meter, Heated glass

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  • Meter to test narcotics and strong non-narcotic drugs

    • Includes three acrylic animal enclosures that each hold two rats or four mice
    • Precise programmable digital control
    • User-defined humane cutoff feature
    • Adjustable beam intensity in 1% increments up to 250˚C
    • Reaction is detected automatically
    • Alphanumeric readout
    • Manual override of all timer functions
    • All functions and parameters entered via key‑pad
    • Tail temperature monitor option (for use with the Tail Flick meter)


  • Plantar test and tail flick test applications are combined in one platform
  • Stimulate other body parts by adjusting the height of the glass


  • Test the properties of narcotics on unrestrained mice/rats in Plantar mode

This unit, which is designed for testing narcotics and strong non-narcotic drugs, offers both Plantar (Hargreaves Method) and Tail Flick testing with a single unit. Either testing system is also available individually. In plantar mode, the visible light/heat source is directed at the paw or other desired body part, and in tail flick mode it is directed at the subjects’ tails. Test up to 12 mice or 6 rats simultaneously. If desired, other animals like cats and rabbits may also be used. Tests are simple to setup. The focused, radiant heat/light source creates a 4 x 6 mm intense spot. Because the light is visible, you know when the test starts and ends. The equipment is silent (no whining or clicking sounds) to avoid triggering an automatic response in conditioned animals. You can set a humane cutoff timer that automatically shuts off the heat if no response is observed during the designated time frame. 
When an animal is placed on cold glass, its reaction time may be slower. This unique system offers a heated glass option that prevents the glass enclosure from acting as a heat sink, giving a more accurate reading. An optional tail temperature monitor can also be selected for use with the Tail Flick meter. This option actually preheats the tail before experimentation. Once the preset tail temperature is reached, the test and timer automatically begin. A glass stand is also available in two sizes for large group studies.

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