Learn how the 3M™ Bair Hugger™Normothermia System’s blanket designs provide safe and effective warming therapy for your furry patients.


Warming solutions for Veterinarians

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What veterinarians need to know about caring for their patients

Actively warming throughout the surgical journey is as important for animals as it is for humans.¹

Animals undergoing anesthesia will experience “vasodilation,” which allows periphery blood to mix with core blood. Often, periphery blood is colder than core blood, resulting in a decrease in core temperature.²

Although animals experience the greatest amount of heat loss immediately after induction and during the first 20 minutes of the surgery, heat loss begins immediately after pre-medication because sedatives and tranquilizers depress the hypothalamus (the “thermostat” of the animal). Experts suggest that active warming should begin immediately after pre-medication has been administered.³

Failing to actively warm animals during surgery can result in negative outcomes such as adverse cardiac events, an increase in blood loss, or impaired tissue perfusion, all of which could lead to an increase in surgical site infections.⁴

3M™ Animal Health Products

Cat lying on hospital bed with 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Underbody Blanket

3M™ Bair Hugger™ Animal Health Blankets

For your furry and feathery patients, 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Normothermia System offers active warming solutions including 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Blankets, 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Units, 3M™ Ranger™ Blood and Fluid Warmers as well as 3M™ Ranger™ Irrigation Fluid Warmers.

3M™ Bair Hugger™ Blankets feature unique, flexible designs that provide safe and effective warming for your patients. A variety of designs are available to help you warm patients of all shapes and sizes. With Bair Hugger™ Brand therapy you don’t have to worry about leaky water mattresses caused by claw punctures.

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Why is it important to warm your furry patients?

Buyer beware: Common mistakes when buying/using 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Units

  • Refurbished units sold online from independent retailers are not under warranty from 3M. Please use caution when purchasing these units as you do not know the history of the machine (how it was used, how it was repaired or maintained). Refurbished units are often priced higher than a new machine from a 3M distributor. Please call an approved 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Brand distributor for new unit pricing.
  • 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Units are approved for use with 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Blankets only. Reusable blankets or other disposable blankets are not to be used with 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Units.
  • Reusing the same 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Blankets on multiple patients is not recommended. Blankets may become contaminated during any surgical procedure, putting the animal at risk.⁵

1. J. I. Redondo, P. Suesta, I. Serra, C. Soler, G. Soler, L. Gil, R. J. Gomez-Villamandos. Retrospective study of the prevalence of postanaesthetic hypothermia in dogs. Veterinary Record, 2012; 171 (15): 374 DOI: 10.1136/vr.100476

2. E. M. Mazzaferro, DVM, MS, PhD Diplomatic ACVESS. Warming the Patient. Clinicians Brief.com, August 2007.

3. E. M. Mazzaferro, DVM, MS, PhD Diplomatic ACVESS. Warming the Patient. Clinicians Brief.com, August 2007.

4. C. Byers. Cold Critters: Understanding Hypothermia. Veterinary Medicine.dvm360.com., February 2012


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