We are happy to announce the Calm-a-lid is now available for purchase! Head to the catalog to check it out
The Calm-a-Lid is a non-invasive head covering for alpacas and other camelids for use in handling and procedures. The Calm-a-Lid reduces stress by blocking and protecting the animal's vision, making it easier to work with.
The Calm-a-Lid offers eye protection for the animal. Alpacas do not close their eyes during shearing and their eyes can come in contact with dust and fiber. These have the potential to cause damage and even blindness.
The Calm-a-Lid was developed during ground-breaking studies of camelid reproduction. With stress being a huge influence on reproduction, it was key to find a way to minimize stress as much as possible. Stress can cause abortion, varying body weight, and health issues. Thus the Calm-a-Lid was born.
However, the Calm-a-Lid doesn't just work for research and ultrasounding - it was designed to be used during nearly every procedure necessary for your animals. Check-ups, nail trimming, teeth trimming, injections, and even shearing are only some of the wonderful times to employ the Calm-a-Lid. It is non-invasive, unintrusive and it protects your animal's eyes during these procedures. It will not only make things less stressful, but also faster, safer, and easier than ever before!
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"We have used the Calm-a-lid on our alpacas here at UMass for over a year. I find it works very well for fractious animals to calm them down without drugs. I have used it successfully for reproductive exams, foot trimming, and shearing. I recommend it to anyone for their alpacas and llamas."
Stephen R. Purdy, DVM
Associate Professor of Veterinary Education
Director of Camelid Studies
Director of Animal Management, UMass Center for Agriculture
University of Massachusetts Amherst
President, Nunoa Project Peru
"At Ice Pond Farm we have successfully used the Calm-a-Lid with three challenging alpacas.
The first was a Peruvian import who would cush, scream, and spit during every procedure. With the Calm-a-Lid applied, Sunshine's screams are much more subdued and she does not spit. Why spit if you can't see a target!
The second animal is an athletic girl who tends to buck during procedures, making it difficult to perform a neck vein blood draw. In this case, application of the Calm-a-Lid resulted in Enya standing like a statue for the entire procedure.
The third case was an aggressive young male at a neighboring farm. Once applied, the Calm-a-Lid transformed him into a perfect gentleman - even allowing us to calmly lead him into a trailer.
We have had outstanding results using the Calm-a-Lid with difficult animals in challenging situations, and can readily recommend this product. Nicely done!"
Jeff Groene and Sonya Hanson Ice Pond Farm Fiskeville, Rhode Island www.icepondfarm.com