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Be particularly mindful of correctly determining dosage: it is important to determine approximately how much your animals ingest, not how much they consume.  Typically animals spill part of their food, some, such as mice, quite a large percentage (10%-30%+); dosage should be based on the amount actually eaten by the animal.  We suggest that a short (few day) informal food intake survey be conducted of a representative sample of your animals, accounting for the amount of food leaving the hopper reduced by the amount spilled in the tray below.

Then the dosage percentage should be based on the ingestion amount.  For example, a mouse may "consume" (use up) 5 grams per day, but actually only ingest 4 grams.  If the dosage is based on a "5gram/day" assumption, the animals will only receive about 80% of the intended dosage; if based on a "4 gram/day" assumption, they will receive the full amount of the intended dosage.

 Calculating the Concentration of Compound in Diet To achieve your desired level of dosing, determine these variables and apply them to either one of two equations. Typical Examples Mouse Rat First, Determine Daily Dose - DD mg of Compound per kg of body weight  - CK 10 mg 10 mg Body Weight of animal (gm)  - BW 35 gm 300 gm CK(mg) x BW(gm) x .001 = DD Daily Dose of Compound (mg)  - DD 0.35 mg 3 mg Second, Determine Concentration in Diet - CD Daily Dose of Compound (mg) - DD 0.35 mg 3 mg Daily Food Intake (gm) - FI 3.5 gm 20 gm By applying one of two equations - Either to determine mg per kg diet / ppm: (CKmg x BWgm) / FIgm = CDmg per kg of diet = ppm 100 150 Or to determine percentage of diet: {(CKmg x BWgm) / FIgm}/10,000 = CD% of diet 0.01% 0.015%