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HydroGel is a Barrier Packed non-wetting sterile water gel for animal hydration. 98% pure water, sterile inside and out, gamma irradiated to assure product integrity. HydroGel is particularly efficient for animal transportation as it is clean, dry and single use. It is also effective at supplementing compromised, weaning or recovering animals and serves well to transition animals to an automated watering system. With 24 month shelf life, it is an excellent back up to your existing water supply system.


Recommended Usage:

1- 8oz pouch per 5 mice/2 rats up to 5 days

1- 6 oz pouch per 5 mice/2 rats up to 4 days

1- 2oz Cup per 5 mice/2 rats up to 2 days


Available In:
70-01-5022 2 oz. (56g) cup (96 Units/Case)
70-01-1062 6 oz (170g) pouches (70 Units/Case)
70-01-1082 8 oz (227g) pouches (55 Units/Case)

Nutritional Information per 100g

Calories 6.2kcal
Protein 0
Carbohydrates 1.5g
Dietary Fiber 1.4g
Sugars 0
Fat - total 0
Calcium 3.3mg
Phosphorus 22.4mg
Potassium  52.5mg
Sodium 20.5mg
  • Animal transport - clean, dry, and single use. 
  • Supplement for compromised, recovering or weaning animals 
  • When transitioning animals to an automated watering system 
  • Back up Water Supply
  • Recommended Usage:

    1- 8oz pouch per 5 mice/2 rats up to 5 days

    1- 6 oz pouch per 5 mice/2 rats up to 4 days

    1- 2oz Cup per 5 mice/2 rats up to 2 days

What does Barrier Packed mean?

Barrier Packed products contain cups or pouches inside of a medical grade tyvek bag. This saves labor by eliminating the need to wash individual cups or pouches.

Why are gel products a good choice for research animals?

Unlike water bottles and mash diets, gels provide a consistent amount of hydration and nutrition without wetting the animal. While particularly useful when transporting animals, HydroGel, is also a great choices for recovering animals and special needs animals who require consistent, easy-to-consume hydration support. In addition, gels take the variables out of calculating consumption, therefore protecting results.

What is the best way to store HydroGel products?

Unopened, HydroGel is designed to be stored at room temperature and does not require special handling. Shelf life for unopened HydroGel is 24 months.

Once opened (if partitioned out in a clean environment) 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.

How much HydroGel do I need to supply for an animal during shipment?

The amount of HydroGel required is dependent on the species of animal, the number of days in transit, and the number of animals.

Daily water consumption differs by animal. Please note many factors such as ambient temperature, animal weight and environmental conditions impact the daily water consumption. The suggested values listed below should be used as a guideline for the frequently shipped animals.

  • Mouse 4-7g 
  • Rat 24-60g 
  • Guinea Pig 50-80g 
  • Rabbit 100-600G 

The number of days in transit also impacts the amount of hydration. Determine the number of days the animal will be in transit, then add one (1) day in the event of unexpected delay. For example, a three (3) day shipment will require at least four (4) days of hydration. Multiplying the daily water consumption by the duration of travel plus one extra day provides the amount of hydration required for one animal. Hydration for more than one animal is calculated by multiplying the hydration requirement for one animal by the number of animals being shipped.

Recommendations on the care and handling of the MDC1A mouse model  Janice A. Dominov Boston Biomedical Research Institute, Watertown, MA USA

Dietary influences on nonexercise physical activity and energy expenditure in C57BL/6J mice.  Kim JH, Park Y, Kim D, Park Y.

Colitis decreases mechanosensitive K2P channel expression and funciton in mouse colon sensory neurons.  Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol.2011 Jul301(1):  G165-74 Epub 2011 Apr 21.  La JH, Gebhart GF.

Duration Assessment of DietGel 31M & HydroGel Bilsky Laboratory University of New England August 6, 2012

Lipids 2012. trans-10, cis-12 conjugated Linoleic Acid Enhances Endurance Capacity by Increasing Fatty Acid Oxidation and Reducing Glycogen Utilization in Mice  Jun Ho Kim, Jonggun Kim and Yeonhwa Park

Open Neuroimag J. 2007; 1:  10-17.  Long-Term Monitoring of Post-Stroke Plasticity After Transient Cerebral Ischemia in Mice Using In Vivo and Ex Vivo Diffusion Tensor MRI  C Granziera,#1,2 H D'Arceuil, *#,1 L Zai,3 P.J Magistretti,4 A.G Sorensen,1 and A.J de Crespigny1

Longitudinal Evaluation of Mouse Hind Limb Bone Loss After Spinal Cord Injury using Novel, in vivo, Methodology Madonna M. McManus, Raymond J. Grill Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

HydroGel is an Adequate Source of Hydration for Surgically Modified Rat Models - As a result of this study we will continue to offer surgically modified animals HydroGel in transport . . . Read More 

HydroGel study for Rodents in Transit – AALAS ’09. . . Results on this study indicate that the use of gel resulted in higher food consumption, higher weight gain, and reduction of blood parameters indicative of dehydration compared to potatoes. . . Read More

Experimental & Translational Stroke Medicine 2011, 3:10 Intra-arterial administration of recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) causes more intracranial bleeding than does intravenous rt-PA in a transient rat middle cerebral artery occlusion model
R Christian Crumrine, Victor J Marder, G McLeod Taylor,