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Rabbit, swine and other species

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The most common custom rabbit diets are those with a standard diet base and added cholesterol. Typically, the added cholesterol ranges from 0.25% to two percent. Additional fat can also be a feature of these formulas. To preserve pellet quality we recommend no more than six percent additional fat. Added fat is most often supplied as peanut oil, corn oil, coconut oil, or a combination. We recommend the Teklad base diets 2030 or 2031.

Rabbits do not readily consume purified diet. When specific nutrient manipulations are necessary, hybrid diets or at least some alfalfa meal inclusion is recommended. Contact us for formula examples or to discuss your specific needs.

Most often, customized diets for swine feature natural ingredients with added fat and cholesterol. Here are three variations on this theme:

  • TD.92033      Swine diet (15% lard, 1.2% cholesterol)
  • TD.92052      Swine diet (15% lard, 1.5% cholesterol)
  • TD.93296      Swine diet (15% lard, two perecent cholesterol)

We recommend these diets in meal/powder form, as pellets are not very durable. Other natural ingredient and purified diets with various nutrient manipulations are available. Contact us for further information.

The most common custom Guinea pig diets are those with a standard diet base (such as Teklad 2040 or 2041) and added cholesterol.

Guinea pigs do not readily consume purified diets, so when specific nutrient manipulations are necessary, hybrid diets (mixture of refined and natural ingredients) are recommended. At the very least it is advisable to retain some alfalfa meal in the diet. Contact us for further information.

Most times, diets that are developed for mice and rats are suitable for hamsters and gerbils, and vice versa. We may advise increasing specific nutrients in a purified diet for hamsters and gerbils. Contact us for further information.

Depending on the focus of your research, customized diet for non-human primates can contain natural ingredients, refined ingredients, or a mixture of both.  Custom diets for primates often feature adjustments in fat type, fat level, and cholesterol. Contact us for further information.

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