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Emergency Procedures for Deceased Pets
In the case of the sudden death of your pet you should:
Keep the deceased animal in a sanitary, cool environment
at refrigerated temperatures from 35° to 45°F (2° to
5°C) until tissue samples are collected.
DO NOT FREEZE.
DO NOT BURY.
immediately at 808-989-2028.
Please follow the instructions below as it is too late to
order and ship a tissue collection kit:
Emergency instructions for Harvesting and Shipping
Tissue from Pets
Ice Gel Packs
Styrofoam and Cardboard Boxes
Ice Gel Packs
Step 1: Obtain three or more sterile
bottles for preserving and transporting the tissue samples. Bottles
may be plastic or glass approximately 10 ml or 1 oz. size. Each
bottle needs a screw cap that can be securely tightened to prevent
Step 2: Prepare the transport media
from standard 0.9% isotonic saline solution.
Step 3: Collect muscle tissue samples
that are approximately 1/4 inch in diameter and at least 3/8 inch
Step 4: Place each muscle piece in
a separate bottle and keep refrigerated until shipped. Secure the
lids on the bottles firmly.
Step 5: Repeat the procedure described
in Steps 3 and 4 above until at least three sets of tissue samples
Step 6: Label each vial as follows:
a. Owner name
b. Pet name
d. Date samples taken
Step 7: Place the tissue bottles in
a Styrofoam box or insulated cooler with one frozen ice gel pack
(NOT DRY ICE). The samples need to be kept cold but not frozen.
Place the ice gel pack on the bottom of the container. Separate
the bottles from the ice gel pack with a layer of corrugated cardboard
or Styrofoam to prevent bottles' direct contact with the ice gel
pack. The container should be capable of keeping the contents at
temperatures between 35° and 45°F (2° to 5°C) for
72 hours. Check with your courier such as Federal Express or UPS
for assistance and shipment times.
Step 8: Immediately ship the package
by overnight courier for next day delivery to:
Raymond Page, PhD
Life Science and Bioengineering / WPI
60 Prescott Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Step 9: Please provide PERPETUATE
the courier's tracking number by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or telephone (808-989-2028).
Step 10: Ship
at least two bottles of tissue samples. Keep one bottle in a refrigerator
until your shipment arrives at the laboratory in satisfactory condition.