Can the Cleanest Bedding Material
Also be the Most Economical?
The Answer is, Yes!
- ALPHA-dri® is comprised of pure, virgin paper cellulose which is virtually free of confounding contaminants.
- For this reason, ALPHA-dri® is suitable to use right out of the bag for most studies.
- Bedding materials comprised of harvested by-products like corn cob and wood chips usually require autoclaving or irradiation treatments to reduce biological contaminants to acceptable levels.
- Contaminants like Mycotoxins and Endotoxins are still present in corn cob and wood bedding materials despite either sanitization treatment.
- Autoclaving bedded cages can cost as much or more than the bedding itself.
- ALPHA-dri® absorbs 300% of its own weight which is 5 times more absorbent than some grades of corn cob.
- Superior absorbency means the quantity of bedding needed per cage can be significantly reduced.
What You Need to Know!
Recent Studies indicate corn cob and hardwood bedding materials are naturally contaminated with potentially study disrupting substances. These contaminants resist heat, autoclaving and irradiation-treatments.
Your animals have more contact with their bedding material than any other housing component.
Consider these points:
- Estrogenic Mycotoxins derived from naturally occurring fungi are present in all corn cob bedding material. Mycotoxins have been shown to affect reproduction rates and potentially disrupt endocrine related studies.
- Endotoxins derived from gram-negative bacteria are present in corn cob and hardwood bedding. Endotoxins may affect immunological and respiratory studies.