Baby Owl In Recovery


ThermoCare offers Warming Intensive Care System (ICS) Units providing the best possible environmental care for small animals, which aid in the care and management of sick, recovering, or chronically ill animals through the use of our patented “Safe Heat,” water-lined design.

Our products have been used by responsible Veterinarians, Researchers, Breeders and Pet Owners for over thirty years to prevent or lessen the debilitating effects of hypothermia in all newborns, convalescents and post-surgical patients, or those that may be in respiratory distress. ThermoCare’s water-jacketed Warmer Intensive Care Systems (ICS) are the safest, most reliable, and versatile animal incubators available.

DW-1 Incubator With Accessories


Customers choose ThermoCare over other brands because of the patented design which provides, even, moist heat without hot spots. This has proven, for many, to speed recovery times with better results.

Thermocare ICU Warmer

ThermoCare’s recovery warmth cages act as pre-op or post-op therapy warmers, incubators, lab rodent warmers, and recovery warmth cages for hypothermia pet patients while also facilitating other types of therapy and critical pet care.

Our newest water jacketed ICU warmer with improved base, lighted digital thermostat, stainless steel thermistors, and improved heating insulation.

The water-lined Warmer was designed to provide SAFE HEAT by a breeder of Burmese kittens suffering from F.I.P., back in 1975. Her veterinarian advised to keep the kittens warm, but to use HOT WATER BOTTLES because they could “burn up” on heating pads. After months of sleepless nights holding kittens on hot water bottles and changing the water every two hours, she asked her veterinarian why there isn’t a temperature controlled HOT WATER BOTTLE which is CONCAVE, so the kittens could be put inside it. The veterinarian agreed it was a good idea, and after a two year search for parts and production methods, in 1977, the first water-lined Warmer was made! Veterinarians at trade shows suggested improvements over the years which led to the clear plastic covered Warmer for safe heat, oxygen induction and medicated nebulization treatments – the INTENSIVE CARE SYSTEM! Veterinarians keep us going with comments like, “Your unit saves more lives than I do!”

What the ThermoCare Intensive Care Units Can Do

  • Heat Safely: Post-operative patients and all cases of hypothermia without “Hot Spots” in a “Safe Heat” environment.
  • Humidify: The internal atmosphere; operating the humidifier from an oxygen line, air compressor or oxygen generator.
  • Nebulize: The internal atmosphere, without condensation; operated from an oxygen line or our optional air compressor.
  • Medicate: Patients in lower respiratory stress with a nebulized mist of 1-3 micron size antibiotic particles.
  • Administer Oxygen: With an oxygen air blender, and/or with a humidifier or nebulizer to moisten the atmosphere.
  • Birth, Brood or Whelp: Hypothermic newborns with the “Safe Heat” of a water-jacketed Warmer and cage cover.

Incubate: Eggs or newborns needing controlled heat therapy, oxygen and/or medicated nebulization after birth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get the Dome shaped, or Flat shaped, clear plastic cover?

The flat cover is used for small animals like tiny kittens, puppies or rodents. The dome covered units are used for other types of small animals that may need more head room. Once you choose the style of cover to best fit your needs, the Warmer will serve you for many years as a Portable Intensive Care System, an Oxygen Cage, or a Post-Operative Recovery Warming Unit to speed recovery times. Optional accessories provide a way to introduce oxygen, additional humidity or ambient air. The adjustable vented handport covers are located on the top of both the flat and dome tops and, when open, discourage buildup of heat, humidity, and CO2. The Dome Cover on the small unit provides a 15-inch compartment height while the Flat Cover has 6.5 inches of headroom.

What If I Need a Medium or Large ICU Unit?

If the smaller unit doesn’t fit your needs, Thermocare offers 33 x 42 inch cages that have 3-4 times the capacity of the smaller one — capable of holding up to an 80-pound dog! 

Do Your Products Use Motor Fans?

No motor fan is needed. Motor fans could actually ignite the oxygen being supplied to the unit with the smallest of sparks, so Thermocare units do not use or supply motor fans. The air within the ThermoCare small animal veterinary incubator, and the heated water lining in the Warmer, are both naturally circulated by convection currents.

Who Uses ThermoCare "Safe Heat" Units?

Positive feedback inspires the ThermoCare Team to provide personal service to each customer – and that’s what makes this partial list of repeat customers impressive:Harvard University Medical School, Cleveland Metro Park Zoo, Food and Drug Administration, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Buffalo Zoo, Stanford University, and University of California , Davis– among many others!