Buying a stethoscope can be a mind-boggling process. Everyone has a different opinion about which model is the best. Just like any other product there are people that have brand loyalty despite other options on the market. The most expensive is not necessarily always the best, although there are some excellent stethoscopes in the top tier price range. Knowing what you need in terms of durability, acoustic quality, and size will go a long way toward finding the best stethoscope for your budget. The following are just a few to consider from all price ranges.
Many practitioners swear by the Littmann Cardiology line as the highest quality acoustics to be had in stethoscopes. Littmann is a quality name in the field. The Cardiology III has a dual head chest piece for adult and pediatric patients making it handy if you are caring for very small animals in addition to larger animals. The head has a tunable diaphragm meaning you can hear high and low frequencies by adjust the pressure placed on the head. The cardiology III also has a dual lumen tubing allowing greater noise reduction. The biggest complaint about the cardiology III is the price. At a price hovering around $200, it is a worth investigating less expensive models that may provide sufficient quality.
The Prestige Medical Clinical I Veterinary Stethoscope This stethoscope was designed with Veterinary professionals in mind and features longer thick-walled single tubing. The Tubing can even be personalized so your name will be visible when your stethoscope is hanging around your neck. Prestige Medical Clinical I Veterinary Stethoscope All Stainless Steel Construction Dual Head Stethoscope Longer Thick-Walled Single Tubing for Large Animals Inside Alloy Sound Conductor Snap-On Diaphragm Retaining Ring Non-Chill Bell Ring Includes Extra Diaphragm and Two Sets of Eartipes Tubing Can be Personalized Total Length: 33″ Lifetime Limited Warranty with Replacement Parts for Life Personalization previews are intended for demonstration purposes only. Actual size and font style may vary.
Features of Veterinary Stethoscope
Award winning ergonomic design and excellent acoustic sensitivity deliver comfort and reliable diagnostic performance
Tunable diaphragm responds with a simple pressure change to capture low and high-frequency sounds
Anatomically designed headset is angled to meet the path of the ear canal
Non-chill rim and diaphragm offers welcome patient comfort
Latex free materials for allergy sensitive users
Two-sided traditional combination chestpiece
Tunable diaphragm on one side, traditional bell on the other