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Guinea pig diets

Teklad guinea pig diets are complete and balanced diets formulated to meet the nutritional needs of guinea pigs during various stages of the life cycle.

Protein supplied by plant and fish meal sources provides the balance of essential amino acids required by guinea pigs. Fat from soybean oil supplies essential fatty acids necessary for a good hair coat.

Teklad guinea pig diets are properly fortified with vitamins and minerals to meet the needs of guinea pigs during growth, maintenance, and reproduction.

Vitamin C is included in these diets because guinea pigs (as do man and other primates) require a dietary source of vitamin C to prevent scurvy. Stabilized vitamin C (L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate) is used to extend the shelf life.

Alfalfa meal is included as a high-quality forage product to help maintain the normal functioning of the guinea pig's digestive system. The firm, pelleted diet aids in preventing feed wastage.

Products
Teklad guinea pig dietsNon-autoclavable formIrradiated
Teklad global guinea pig diet 2040, 2040C 2940
Teklad global high fiber guinea pig diet 2041 2941
Teklad guinea pig diet 7006  
Not all products are stocked locally; extended lead time and additional fees may apply.
Many diets are available in certified format designated by a “C” following the product code. When diets are certified a representative sample is tested for a panel of contaminants. If not stocked as certified, certification can be made available upon request. Minimum order size and additional charges may apply.

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There is no definitive point where one is able to predict when a specific diet will spoil or become deficient in one or more nutrients. The common guideline of a six month shelf life is based on longstanding practice in North America. In Europe and Asia, differences in local practices and regulatory oversight have led to Teklad standard natural ingredient diets being routinely used out to nine months and sometimes 12 months post-manufacture. This practical experience, along with literature support and vitamin testing over time, gives us confidence that these diets continue to support animal health and study integrity out to at least nine months post-manufacture. Please refer to your institution for guidance if you are unsure of local policies.

Recommended storage conditions:

  • Cool and dry; at or below 70 degrees fahrenheit, humidity below 50% ideal, but up to 65% is acceptable
  • Clean and free of pests
  • In original packaging or in a container that prevents continuous exposure to light and minimal exposure to air

Guinea pigs should be allowed ad libitum access to diets placed in a feeder attached to the front or side of the cage.