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ALPHA-dri®

SHEPHERD SPECIALTY PAPERS

Premium Laboratory Animal Bedding

that is Clean, More Absorbent and

Economical Right Out of the Bag

  • Assured variable control - Defined composition assures accurate control of variables, which makes ALPHA-dri ideal for GLP research

  • Dust elimination - Sanitary and virtually dustless, ALPHA-dri® reduces cross contamination, filter clogging and problems of dust adherence to animals.

  • Cost reduction - Approximately ten times as absorbent as wood chips, ALPHA-dri does more with less material. What's more, its rapid evaporation means it stays dry longer. Since you need less material to do the same job, ALPHA-dri reduces storage space and cuts maintenance time and labor.

  •  Improved animal observation - Bright, white color aids in animal observation. Discharges and lab spills are readily noticeable.

  •  Static elimination - No static means no troublesome bridging in dispensing equipment.

  •  Availability - ALPHA-dri is supplied in technical, irradiated, and individually batch-certified grades.

  •  Uniform Particle Size - ALPHA-dri is manufactured with our strict quality control at our facility.

  • Packaging - Both certified and technical grades are packaged in high strength autoclavable bags.

  • Fast, easy ordering - For more information, prices or samples of our specialty products for laboratory and animal care, see your nearest Shepherd distributor today. Or call toll-free 800/382-5001.

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.

For more information regarding the endotoxin and mycotoxin articles, please email your request to:

 

 

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  • - For more information, prices or samples of our specialty products for laboratory and animal care, see your nearest Shepherd distributor today. Or call toll-free 800/382-5001.