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Wombaroo makes latex teats with a sleeve to fit bottles with a neck diameter of 18-24mm. Wombaroo supplies a 120ml plastic bottle with graduations in mL and fl.oz., that fit these teats.

TEAT SELECTION: Teats should resemble mothers’ in shape and length for mouth comfort, fit and correct tooth eruption. Marsupial teats get longer as the joey grows, so progression to longer teats is important. We suggest uses for our teats but carers will decide which is the best size and shape for their animal.

SIZE OF HOLE: There is no hole in the teats, so the carer can make a hole to suit the age of the animal. Pierce the tip of the teat with a hot needle to make a hole about 1mm in diameter, or for large animals, cut a hole with scissors. If the hole is too small, excessive sucking will quickly weaken the tip resulting in the end blowing out. If this is happening then the hole is probably too small for the animal. Make a larger hole. The hole should be large enough for milk to drip out slowly, when the bottle is inverted. 

FEEDING TECHNIQUE: Small animals can be fed using a syringe with a teat pulled over the end, to give greater control of milk flow with the plunger. Guidance should be obtained from experienced carers on correct feeding technique for different animals.

STORAGE: Latex is a natural product. Deterioration can be slowed by storing teats in a dry place away from light. An opaque, airtight container should be used.

CARE: Teats should be washed in warm soapy water, immediately after use, dried and stored as above. Some carers sterilise by boiling or with infant sterilising solutions.



To care properly and assure a longer life for your latex teats and tubes; please follow these directions.

Your teats are made of latex rubber and are not pierced. The process is very easy and the first thing is:


A hot needle creates a hole which will not close allowing milk to just pour out whether or not the animal sucks.

Start with a small cold needle and pierce the nipple making as small a tear (a rip not a hole) as possible. Try the teat on your little one and watch to see if it's getting any milk. As long as it is sucking the tear should open then close when each suck stops.

If too little milk comes through increase the size of the rip with a bigger needle. It is a little difficult to get used to but after a while you will get the idea, as too, will your little one.

After a lot of use the tear will get too big and too much milk will come out each suck. You can put a small wad of cotton wool inside the teat to restrict the flow.

Eventually, you will need another teat. Don't expect the latex teat to last as long as a plastic or other type of rubber. Your puppy will love the latex teat as its as close to the real thing as you can get.

The latex teats stand up well to liquid chlorine disinfecting. It will effect their color (turning them a milky white) but not their quality or use. The latex teats should not be boiled unless for emergency usage. Use any chlorine liquid (human infant sterilizing solution) or tablet medium for disinfecting.

The feeding tubes are reusable until stomach acids make them loose their pliability. To ensure total disinfection use a syringe to draw up disinfecting medium through the tube. If tube feeding an entire litter, there is no need to disinfect the tube after feeding each pup. One tube is fine to use for all pups in the same litter as long as no symptoms of viral or bacterial illness are evident. In the case of one pup seeming unwell, use a different tube for that particular pup.

Between uses, store teats in an airtight container as air does perish all things made of latex rubber. Teats should be dusted with talc or edible flour (ie. corn or rice) to prolong their life when not in use. To pierce them turn inside out (if possible) and use an UNHEATED needle.

Teats will fit onto 10-12 ml. syringes minus the plunger. The exception is the deer teat which has a larger finish and fits sterile plastic drink or glass milk bottles. Bottles are also available from Pet and Wildlife Nursing Supplies.

Wombaroo Heat Pad  

260mm x 360mm
Soft PVC cover
10 watts


Useful for artificial pouches, old, sick and orphaned animals such as marsupials, dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles!


This heater produces a temperature on the surface of the pad of about 20°C above room temperature.

When room temperature is less than 10°C. 
Animals should be as close as practicable to the pad surface.

When room temperature exceeds 10°C.
Animals should be insulated from the pad surface by inserting layers of woollen fabric between them and the pad. The thickness of insulation required will depend on the room temperature and should be adjusted so that the animal appears comfortable.

Measure the temperature where the animal rests with a thermometer. It should be between 25°C and 35°C, depending on the age and type of animal

Seek professional advice if uncertain of your animal’s needs. Young animals can rapidly suffer heat stress if the temperature is too high.

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For more information on Wombaroo products:
Write To: PO Box 151, Glen Osmond, S.A. 5064 Australia 
Phone or Fax: 61-8-83791339 
Email : wombaroo@adelaide.on.net 

PET AND WILDLIFE NURSING SUPPLIESI must also make mention of Pet and Wildlife Nursing Supplies (Carla Timmins) of Willoughby, NSW who carry the most wonderful feeding & nursing equipment for small mammals, including Wombaroo products. The "hard-to-find" small bottles, latex teats, feeding tubes and syringes give us a great start! You can order over the internet and delivery is very prompt! Click here to visit their site and see the extensive range Carla distributes.


Note: I am not an agent for Wombaroo, nor do I receive any commission from them
- I simply highly recommend their products!

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