With Feeding Or Watering Means Patents (Class 119/456)
  • Patent number: 9346660
    Abstract: A water dispenser includes a slide table arranged in a lower portion thereof. The slide table includes a cup portion in which a piercing rod of a water supply line is provided, a container supporting portion configured to support from below a shoulder portion of a raw water container which is a transparent and deformable container, and a holder portion configured to guide downwardly s side peripheral portion of the raw water container. Since the surface color of the piercing rod is different from the surface color of the cup portion and the container supporting portion, it is possible to visually confirm how much the raw water container is pierced by the piercing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA COSMO LIFE
    Inventor: Yoshinori Orita
  • Patent number: 8316802
    Abstract: An animal cage box has a grommet for passing a watering conduit through a box side wall. The grommet is removably attachable at an opening through the side wall, using a non-round configuration by which the grommet is aligned for insertion into a non-round opening, and turned to hold the grommet in place. A flange on the grommet body rests against one face of the side wall. The non-round configuration includes one or more tabs that can be cut from the flange and are displaced axially by a distance equal to the side wall thickness. A hinge flap that can be grasped in the fingers helps to hold, align, insert or remove and twist the grommet relative to the side wall. The disclosed arrangement further minimized the cost of using inexpensive disposable cage boxes because relatively expensive grommets, for example of stainless steel, can be cleaned and reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Thoren Caging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Hallock
  • Publication number: 20110315087
    Abstract: A method for facilitating the delivery of water to a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages, for housing animals for an animal study, the method including providing a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages for an animal study at a laboratory facility site, and disposing a bag forming apparatus at a clean side of a laboratory washroom at the laboratory facility site, wherein the bag forming apparatus is capable of providing sealed bags of water for use in the cage level barrier-type cages. The method can further include providing bag material to the laboratory facility site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chinsoo Park
  • Patent number: 8047160
    Abstract: A keeping cage for laboratory animals, specifically rodents, is characterized in that it provides for a large floor surface on several levels, the transit of animals from one level to the higher or lower level being ensured by the presence of appropriate openings in the partitioning floors. The keeping cage allows for the provision of a space available to animals, which is sufficiently large in terms of floor surface and in terms of height between the floors to ensure a good level of wellbeing for the animals, which do not therefore suffer from behavioral disturbances. Cage for keeping laboratory animals, specifically adapted to keep laboratory animals, particularly rodents, including a base body to which an openable lid is connected, characterized in that the lid features a port for accessing the inside without removing the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Tecniplast S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Tamborini, Giovanni Malnati
  • Publication number: 20110132272
    Abstract: A disposable rodent cage used in both static and/or ventilated cage and rack systems, wherein the disposable cage includes a cage bottom. The cage may further be provided with a grommet disposed on the cage bottom and a bonnet constructed and arrange to fit over the cage bottom. The bonnet may further include a feeding and watering assembly. The cage may further include a filter cover that may be placed over an opening in the bonnet to cover the feeding and watering assembly. The bonnet may also include one or more elevated ribs disposed thereon to create an air seal when it is inserted into a canopy of a rack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: George S. GABRIEL, Neil E. CAMPBELL, Rodney E. GERRINGER, Edward K. ELDRETH, Lynn IRWIN, Chinsoo PARK
  • Patent number: 7866280
    Abstract: A method for facilitating the delivery of water to a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages, for housing animals for an animal study, the method including: providing a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages for an animal study at a laboratory facility site, and disposing a bag forming apparatus at a clean side of a laboratory washroom at the laboratory facility site, wherein the bag forming apparatus is capable of providing sealed bags of water for use in the cage level barrier-type cages. The method can further include providing bag material to the laboratory facility site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Hydropac/Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chinsoo Park
  • Publication number: 20100326365
    Abstract: An animal cage box has a grommet for passing a watering conduit through a box side wall. The grommet is removably attachable at an opening through the side wall, using a non-round configuration by which the grommet is aligned for insertion into a non-round opening, and turned to hold the grommet in place. A flange on the grommet body rests against one face of the side wall. The non-round configuration includes one or more tabs that can be cut from the flange and are displaced axially by a distance equal to the side wall thickness. A hinge flap that can be grasped in the fingers helps to hold, align, insert or remove and twist the grommet relative to the side wall. The disclosed arrangement further minimized the cost of using inexpensive disposable cage boxes because relatively expensive grommets, for example of stainless steel, can be cleaned and reused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: William J. Hallock
  • Publication number: 20100242853
    Abstract: A reptile grow-out pen assembly (20) for containing a reptile, in particular a crocodile, includes an elongate container having at least one side having an opening (42) for entry of food into the container and at leat one closable and openable aperture (40f) associated with the container for entry and exit of the reptile, the container having at least a floor portion (40d) and side wall portion wherein in use of the reptile grow-out pen, at least a portion of the floor and at least a portion of the side wall are adapted to be submerged in water. Also disclosed is a reptile grow-out arrangement used for growing-out of reptiles including a plurality of enclosures (10a, 10b, 10c) each having at least one water body and a sloped reptile basking region located within the reptile enclosure and wherein the enclosures are connected so as to allow the flow of water from one enclosure to another; wherein the proportions of the enclosure are predetermined to minimise infighting amongst the reptiles therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL PTY. LIMITED
    Inventor: Grahame Webb
  • Publication number: 20100175629
    Abstract: Featured are various devices, apparatuses and systems for use in connection with animal studies or experimentation as well as methods related thereto. Such devices, apparatuses and systems include a scalable animal enclosure that is easily customized for a given application; a scalable and easily customizable sound attenuation chamber that can be used with such an animal enclosure; an olfactory discrimination system which can quickly delivery an odor to an animal while minimizing the potential for ambient contamination and a leak-free water delivery apparatus that provides a mechanism for the experimenter to determine water consumption without handling the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: James W. Garmon
  • Patent number: 7594481
    Abstract: An animal caging system has a plurality of stackable support trays with integral water supply conduits to supply water sequentially to each cage and eliminate any channels of stagnant water. Each support tray includes a vertical support member that engages the vertical support members of adjacent support trays in a stacked relationship, and a number of cage docking stations arranged around the vertical support member. The vertical support member includes a water supply conduit that extends to each cage docking station of the support tray and has openings in fluid communication with corresponding openings in the water supply conduits of adjacent support trays. In this manner, the water supply conduits of the stacked vertical support members combine to supply water in a single flow path to the cage docking stations on each support tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Animal Care Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Carter, Stieg E. Corell
  • Patent number: 7546816
    Abstract: A fluid delivery adapter for use with a wire bar lid is provided. Embodiments can comprise a support base having an aperture defined therein, the aperture being shaped and dimensioned to accept a fluid delivery valve. The support base can be adapted to be disposed on top of the wire bar lid to facilitate providing fluid from a fluid bag supported by the wire bar lid. The fluid delivery adapter can further comprise one or more displaceable side portions extending away from the support base, the side portions providing lateral support for the fluid bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chin Soo Park, Dale Murray, Lynn Irwin, Frank Gianni, Rodney Gerringer
  • Patent number: 7527020
    Abstract: Provided are animal containment systems and components, including single-use animal containment cages and modular rack units. Also provided are methods for assembling and using components of the animal containment systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Innovive, Inc.
    Inventors: Dee L. Conger, Thomas M. Perazzo, Matthew D. d'Artenay, Asa Cannell
  • Patent number: 7513218
    Abstract: An animal water supply system includes disposable containers such as plastic bags that can be supplied in bulk in sterile form and filled under a change hood or other sanitary environment using a filling machine located in the sanitary environment. The containers preferably comprise plastic bags configured to be suspended from a hanger of a bag filling machine. The machine's hanger is preferably configured to support a plastic bag during both bag filling and the subsequent insertion of a watering valve into the bag. The bag is further configured to permit its placement in or on a conventional cage while protecting the tearable material of the bag from the animal. If desired, a liner can be provided to further protect and support the bag or other container on a wire bar lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Edstrom Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Handley, Randal S. Knurr
  • Publication number: 20080282991
    Abstract: A temporary dog-confining device is provided for public use. Structurally, the device includes an enclosure formed from front, rear, and opposed side walls. For use, the rear and side walls are covered with screens to provide shade in the enclosure. Further, the enclosure includes a roof covered with a canopy for shading the enclosure. Also, the front wall defines an opening that is selectively closed by a door. In order to secure a dog within the enclosure, the device includes an assembly for locking the door in a closed configuration. Specifically, the locking assembly is operable by a user after a required payment. Moreover, the device includes a separately-accessible compartment mounted within the enclosure to house a fluid container for providing water to a dog in the enclosure. Importantly, that compartment is secured by a fastener that is operated independently of the locking assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Suzan Kimberly Krasoff
  • Patent number: 7451723
    Abstract: A multipurpose rat cage is provided for housing a plurality of different species of rodents therein. The rat cage includes a cage bottom having a plurality of integral side walls, a floor and an open top end. The floor has a length and a width such that the area of the floor is between 80 square inches and a 140 square inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Lab Products Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chin Soo Park, Jessica R. Matthews, legal representative, John E. Sheaffer, Dale Murray, Eric A. Deitrich, Lynn Irwin, Rodney Gerringer, Albert P. Ruggieri
  • Publication number: 20080098961
    Abstract: A method for facilitating the delivery of water to a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages, for housing animals for an animal study, the method including; providing a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages for an animal study at a laboratory facility site, and disposing a bag forming apparatus at a clean side of a laboratory washroom at the laboratory facility site, wherein the bag forming apparatus is capable of providing sealed bags of water for use in the cage level barrier-type cages. The method can further include providing bag material to the laboratory facility site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chinsoo Park
  • Patent number: 7293529
    Abstract: A kennel system having a floor assembly including at least one floor unit having a floor pan and a grate. The floor pan has a drain, an integral water receptacle and a trough for guiding fluid to the drain. The grate is positioned over the floor pan. The grate has a plurality of grate opening for the flow of fluid through the grate to the floor pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Raymond J. Bauman
  • Patent number: 7077075
    Abstract: A feed trough is provided for use in cultivation containers for growing frogs and other amphibians. The feed trough is comprised of a sloped floor. In some embodiments the floor slopes downward to an opening from which, during operation, airflows. The opening is covered by a perforated cover that retains the feed particles collected from the sloped floor and provides sufficient opening for airflow that propels the feed particles from the perforated cover into the airspace of the cultivation container. During operation, airflow passes through the opening with sufficient force to suspend in the air feed particles that have rolled along the sloped floor, or fallen, onto the perforated cover covering the opening. The movement of the feed particles in the air stimulates feeding by the frogs or other amphibians. Feed that is not consumed falls onto the sloped floor, rolls onto the screen or wire mesh covering the opening, and is resuspended by the airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: H. Kenneth Holyoak
  • Patent number: 6986324
    Abstract: A method of forming a valve assembly for delivering a fluid from a fluid bag to an animal caging system for housing an animal can include forming, in an injection molding machine, an upper member having a piercing member and a connecting member. The upper member has a fluid channel defined therethrough; and forms, in an injection molding machine, a base having a flange member and a base fluid channel defined therethrough. The base is designed to be matingly coupled to the upper member. The method can further include forming, in an injection molding machine, a stem member designed and dimensioned to be disposed in part within the base fluid channel. The stem member has an actuation portion extending through a spring element. The stem member has a top portion having a lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Hydropac/Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chinsoo Park
  • Patent number: 6983721
    Abstract: A method for facilitating the delivery of water to a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages, for housing animals for an animal study, the method including; providing a plurality of cage level barrier-type cages for an animal study at a laboratory facility site, and disposing a bag forming apparatus at a clean side of a laboratory washroom at the laboratory facility site, wherein the bag forming apparatus is capable of providing sealed bags of water for use in the cage level barrier-type cages. The method can further include providing bag material to the laboratory facility site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Hydropac/Lab Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George S. Gabriel, Neil E. Campbell, Chinsoo Park
  • Patent number: 6766768
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an animal cage for containing animals having a wire bar lid configured to fit on top. The wire bar lid has a perimeter portion with a first support portion and a second portion. The first support portion has a first top side and a first bottom side. The second inner portion has a second top side and a second bottom side. A plurality of longitudinal wire bars are also provided where the longitudinal wire bars are connected directly to the second bottom side of the second inner portion of the perimeter portion in a single welding procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Ver Hage Enterprises
    Inventor: Richard P. Ver Hage
  • Patent number: 6588371
    Abstract: A housing system for aquatic animals has a shelf-like rack holding tiers of individual tanks or aquariums (aquaria), each removably suspended from structural members that engage flanges of the tanks. The tanks are tilted inwardly of the rack and have covers with fittings on the higher or outer side, that intercept flow between a supply and a drain to inlet water when the tank is in the rack and to recycle the water at any tank position that is unoccupied. The inside bottom of each tank is contoured, for example with a longitudinal trough, so sediment collects at a low spot on the lower or inner side, where a drain inlet is placed to provide a drainage outlet that opens at a velocity increasing restriction at which sediment is entrained. The drain has a spring biased valve that opens the drain only when the tank is fully inserted in the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Thoren Aquatic Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Hallock, William R. Thomas
  • Patent number: 6257170
    Abstract: An aquatic housing system that has a frame that defines two or more housing levels. Each housing level has a plurality of tanks for housing aquatic animals. Each tank has a front mounted plumbing assembly that allows both water overflow and drainage to be conveyed away from the tank. A valve located in the drainage connection allows the tanks to be flushed or converted from a deep water animal to a shallow water animal without removing the tank from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Pharmacal Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Kristen Alyssa Gundersen
  • Patent number: 6142100
    Abstract: A water and/or liquid foodstuff dispenser for small pets which comprises a container having, at a bottom thereof, a dispensing device which is constituted by a tubular element arranged at an obtuse angle with respect to a longitudinal extension of the container, with a flanged tang which is hermetically connected to the container, and is provided with a free end which is perimetrically folded inwards and internally provided with a flow control element which is pushed closed by a spring, a stem of the control element protruding outside the free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Marchioro S.p.A. Stampaggio Materie Plastiche
    Inventor: Domenico Marchioro
  • Patent number: 5996535
    Abstract: A cage system for laboratory animal care has a plastic cage with a molded perforated-bottom, a snap-on plenum cage top, a cage top feeder lid and a snap on waste tray. The floor of the cage is shaped with rounded perforations and domed protrusions to deflect both liquid and solid waste down to the attached waste tray. A filtered air supply is introduced into the lid of the cage and passes through orifices in the bottom of the lid, flowing laminarly through the body of the cage and out perforations in the floor over the waste tray. A water supply system for the cage is provided. No bedding is required in the cage. The system is air tight and air in any one cage is isolated from air in all other cages in the system which can be mounted on a rack. A drain for liquids is provided in the waste tray. In an alternate embodiment, the cage has an imperforate floor. A plurality of cages are supported in a rack. Several configurations to support the cage within the rack are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: CCR, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Semenuk, Richard A. Norwood
  • Patent number: 5865144
    Abstract: A cage system for laboratory animal care has a plastic cage with a molded perforated-bottom, a snap-on plenum cage top, a cage top feeder lid and a snap on waste tray. The floor of the cage is shaped with rounded perforations and domed protrusions to deflect both liquid and solid waste down to the attached waste tray. A filtered air supply is introduced into the lid of the cage and passes through orifices in the bottom of the lid, flowing laminarly through the body of the cage and out perforations in the floor over the waste tray. A water supply system for the cage is provided. No bedding is required in the cage. The system is air tight and air in any one cage is isolated from air in all other cages in the system which can be mounted on a rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Semenuk
  • Patent number: 5765506
    Abstract: An animal watering system and method which includes a number of drinkers which can be remotely adjusted, upwardly and downwardly, to correspond with the height of the animals to be watered, as the animals grow, the drinkers having a carriage which slides within a support frame anchored to the animals' cage. The method and system of the invention allows force to be applied to the carriage in both the upward direction and the downward direction for remote height adjustment, and a coupling system permits the simultaneous remote height adjustment of some or all of the drinkers in the animal watering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Lubing Systems Corporation
    Inventors: John M. Hawk, Robert J. Cron
  • Patent number: 5749321
    Abstract: An animal rearing apparatus includes an animal rearing cage and a framework to which a plurality of side plates together forming the periphery of the animal rearing cage are detachably attached. At the bottom of the animal rearing cage, there are provided a bottom plate detachably attached thereto and defining a plurality of openings vertically extending therethrough and an excreta collecting portion for receiving and collecting animal excreta dropped through the openings of the bottom plate. The animal rearing cage has a ceiling thereof sectioned by a top plate or the excreta collecting portion belonging to an animal rearing cage on the upper stage. The framework or an attachment member thereof includes, at portions thereof corresponding in level to the ceiling of the animal rearing cage, engaging portions for detachably engaging and suspending engaged portions provided at upper portions of the respective side plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Santen Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshimi Ikuse, Mitsuhiro Nishiwaki, Tamotsu Yonekura, Kaoru Nakamura, Yoshinori Watatani, Mamoru Ueshiba