1. How is the transmitter attached?
It is sutured to the vulva lips with 3 simple sutures.
2. Does a veterinarian have to suture the transmitter?
The suturing process is very important, so we do recommend that it be done by someone who is familiar with such procedures. We provide specific instructions in our video and our instructional manual.
3. What is the chance of a false alarm?
You should not experience false alarms if the equipment is tested and used per the instructions and the suture is performed properly.
4. When should the transmitter be attached?
When you are concerned that the expectant mother needs constant attention. We recommend 1 to 2 weeks prior to the expected delivery date.
5. How many births can be monitored simultaneously?
As many as necessary. You will need a transmitter for each animal you are monitoring, but only one receiver.
6. How many uses do you get from a transmitter?
One from the single use (red) and ten from the multi-use (blue) **provided the instructions are followed and the magnet is not left out of the transmitter shelf for long periods of time.
7. What causes a transmitter to go bad?
The transmitter has a battery inside with a certain amount of life. When the actuating magnet is in place in the shelf of the transmitter, the battery is dormant, or not being used. When the magnet is pulled out, the battery is draining. The longer a magnet is out of the shelf at one time, the more life you drain from the battery. RED TRANSMITTERS WILL GO DEAD IF YOU LEAVE THE MAGNET OUT OF THE SHELF FOR 60 CONSECUTIVE SECONDS. The blue transmitters have a few hours of life.
8. How do you know when a transmitter should be replaced?
It will not activate the receiver, or it activates the receiver only at close range. It is IMPORTANT to always test transmitters at FULL RANGE before suturing.
9. Can you test a single use transmitter?
Yes. In testing, the magnet is out for a couple of seconds. It is the CONSECUTIVE time out that kills the battery.
10. Can the transmitter batteries be replaced?
No. The body of the transmitter is hermetically sealed to protect against moisture. Opening the seal allows moisture into the body, thus contaminating the delicate electronic components inside the transmitter.
11. Is the foalert technology compatible with miniature horses?
Yes. The system has been used successfully with most breeds of Horses, Llamas, Cows, Sheep and Camels.
12. What is the usual charge for suturing the transmitter?
Consult your veterinarian.
13. Is the system effective in case of dystocia?
Yes. The initial premise behind the development of this system was to allow an attended birth in case of a dystocia. The system is designed to activate when the vulva lips physically open at birth. We do have documentation that, in some cases, the straining of a mare during a full breech will dislodge the magnet, thus activating the transmitter.
14. How long do I have to reach the birth site once the system alarm sounds?
Actual birth time will vary depending on the species, breed and specific animal. The alarm sounds when the vulva physically opens. Depending on how quickly you react upon hearing the alarm, the newborn may already be on the ground upon your arrival. The system allows you to rest, knowing that you will be alerted and be on hand for imprinting, to assist with problems, deal with initial examinations, and take steps for disease prevention.
15. Can the transmitters be used for more than one season?
Yes. They should be cleaned with soap and water, stored in a cool place, separated by bubble wrap, with the magnet in the shelf. ALWAYS test transmitters at full range prior to suturing.
16. What is the range of the system?
An animal wearing a transmitter can be up to 150 – 200 feet from the standard range receiver and 1000 -1200 feet from the long range receiver. Range will vary depending on obstructions. Metal obstructions block transmission
17. How do I hear the alarm sound if I’m not in the barn?
We have accessories whereas you can be alerted via telephone or secondary alarm.
18. Can I rent this system?
Many veterinarians offer systems for lease, please check with equine vets in your area.
19. What methods of payment do you accept?
You can prepay with a MasterCard or Visa or we can ship COD.
20. What is your lead time for orders?
We can typically ship the same day, provided you order prior to 2:00 p.m. EST. Orders received after 2:00 p.m. will be shipped the next business day.