DietGel® Recovery

CH2O Lid-DietGel Recovery
Product Code:
  • 72-06-5022 2 oz (56 g) cups
Suitable for:
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Swine
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Mice
  • Primates


DietGel® Recovery is a flavor enhanced nutritionally fortified water gel including all six essential electrolytes that aids in the recovery of post surgical, weak or impaired rodents. Proven to increase survival rates in compromised animals. Formulated with purified ingredients that provides over 70% water, calories and electrolytes.

 NOW with enhanced flavor and all 6 essential electrolytes!
See our DietGel® Recovery Nutritional Formulation Comparison Sheet for more info.
Learn more about dehydration and the importance of electrolytes in our electrolytes replenishment blog series.

Delivering Solutions

  • Hydrates, replenishes, supports recovery
  • Increases pup survival rates
  • Increases post-surgical survival rate
  • Reduces time and labor
  • Aids in overall health during long-term shipping

Delivering Quality

  • Commercially sterile
  • Tyvek® medical packaging
  • E-Beam irradiated
  • Purified ingredients exclude phytoestrogens and nitrosamines
  • Complies with quality standards as tested by an independent laboratory
  • Certificate of analysis by manufactured lot
  • Individually coded with lot and date of expiration


  • To be administered under the direction of a veterinarian
  • Manufactured for use in research animals


Purified Water, Cane Sugar, Corn Syrup, Molasses, Vegetable Oil, Hydrocolloids, Plant Protein (Wheat), Electrolyte Blend, Food Acids, Mineral Mix.

Shelf Life

Shelf life is 24 months, unopened at room temperature storage.

Recommended Dosage

• To be administered under the direction of a veterinarian
• Manufactured for use in research animals
• Dosage: 1 cup is designed for 5 mice over 2 days based on
average size and consumption. Monitor intake.
• Cut an X on the top of the plastic pouch before presenting it to
the animals for better access to the gel


Supplement for:

  • Weanlings
  • Post Surgical
  • Debilitated and aging animals

Research Papers

  1. Actin-binding protein cortactin promotes pathogenesis of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis by supporting leukocyte infiltration into the central nervous system


  • When should I use DietGels®?

    DietGel® products are soft diet formulation with carbohydrate, fat protein, and fortified with a mineral and vitamin mix (with the exception of DietGel Recovery, which only contains mineral mix). They are a superior alternative to mash diets, that can be used as the sole source of nutrition for up to 7 days. reducing time and labor costs.  However, customers have used the product as a sole source of nutrition for up to 3 months with no issues. Please consult with your nutritionist for long term use. DietGel products are designed to provide compromised rodents a palatable source of hydration and energy and are an excellent solution for supplemental hydration for:

    • Breeding and weaning of pups 
    • Post-surgical support 
    • Neurologically compromised rodents 
    • EAE models, Transgenic Mice 
    • Shipping
  • What is the best way to store DietGel products?

    Unopened DietGel can be stored at room temperature and does not require special handling. Shelf life for unopened DietGel is 18 months.

    Once opened (provided the gel has not been contaminated) ClearH2O products can be stored either at room temperature or at 4°C in a sealed bag/container to prevent the product from drying out for approximately 2 weeks

  • Why does DietGel sometimes have white or brown specs?

    Non-soluble ingredients are sometimes visible in DietGel, showing up as white to brown specs or clumps. The non-soluble ingredients do not affect the nutritional integrity of the product, making it 100% safe to use for your research animal.

  • Why does the color of DietGel vary from case to case?

    Color variation occurs during our sterilization process. When DietGel products are produced the color is a milky white. The product is then sterilized. The irradiation process changes the product color from a milky white to a caramel color. Product position within the sterilization chamber results in color variation. All of the product is 100% sterile and safe to use.

  • Can I use DietGel Recovery for support during shipments?

    DietGel Recovery is an excellent choice as a hydration source when shipping mice and rats. Many sites have successfully used DietGel Recovery during transport of rodents who arrive dry, healthy and require less time to acclimate. DietGel Recovery is sterile purified water gel containing 60% water. It is fortified with calories and minerals and provides 155 kcals/ 100 grams.

    When shipping guinea pigs we recommend using HydroGel. In a recent study conducted by Charles River Laboratories, consumption and weight loss of guinea pigs during transit was significantly better with HydroGel compared to a sweetened gel. The study showed that animals consumed more HydroGel, therefore preventing body weight loss and decreasing clinical pathologic indicators of dehydration.

  1. We have used the gel-diet-recovery for nude mice bearing tumors and treated with a new compound. It has been efficient. Most mice have recovered from weight loss and dehydration.

    Senior researcher
    Gustave Roussy
  2. Diet gel recovery was used in a cage of pre-weaned mice in which the mother had died. The mice were weak and not very active. The next day all surviving mice were active and had increased body condition

    Brandeis University
  3. Best product out there for our mice to recover after surgery and bleeds.

    Vet Nurse
    Taconic Bioscience
  4. This Diet Gel was perfect for the recovery of my mice after surgeries. I placed the gel a week before the surgeries for them to get used to the taste and smell, and by the time of the surgery, they liked it a lot and were very happy to eat it, helping in their recovery and preventing them from focusing on the stitches. Great product!


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