Effect of dietary nutrient level and source on feeder mouse nutrient composition

Citation

KoutsosĀ  EA, Griffin ME. 2009. Effect of dietary nutrient level and source on feeder mouse nutrient composition. In Ward A, Treiber K, Schmidt D, Coslik A, Maslanka M, Eds. Proceedings of the Eighth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Tulsa, OK.

Abstract

Whole prey items may contain lower nutrient levels than desired for feeding exotic carnivores. The purpose of this trial was to gather preliminary data on the effect of different dietary treatments on the nutrient composition of mice at various ages. Dietary enrichment with vitamin E and chelated minerals in general did not improve total body levels of most nutrients, but did increase whole body manganese. Increased dietary fat resulted in higher whole body fat in feeder mice, and resulted in higher body weights of mouse pups. There was significant variation in nutrient concentration due to pup age.

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