Animal technicians have always faced the problem of supplying animals with water, especially during transport. Years ago, when we still did not have sophisticated computerised systems, electronic identification chips, robotic cage cleaning and refilling systems and so on, the development of a very special product started.

As in all developments, the developers found themselves confronted with unexpected and complex problems. The main concern and problem was sterility. The whole idea behind the product was to eliminate the need of bottles and automatic watering systems for the daily supply in vivaria and to eliminate the use of perishable fruit- or potato parts during transport. The new product should not be as receptive for fungi and bacteria as fruit- and potato parts are, it should be a reliable and durable source of water for a longer period.

After two years of development the product was ready for production and marketing but there was barely a response from the target groups. Only a few organisations became aware of the new product, understood the benefits of it and started using it in large or small volumes. Many clients followed them after repeated positive reports about the use of the product.

That was many years ago.

Today we do have sophisticated computerised systems and we do have electronic identification chips, we use the Internet for very fast global communication, in short: the world has changed.

Nowadays the above described product, since many years known as Solid Drink®, is generally accepted by the majority of the animal technicians. Breeders utilise one or more of the Solid Drink® products, especially because the product is a reliable source of water that widely prevents the loss of weight of animals during transport.

The, easy to handle disposable gel packs, did indeed eliminate the need for bottle cleaning, the problems with leaky and blocked pipe systems and the use of perishable goods like fruit and potatoes. Today it is clear that the goal that the developers were aiming for is achieved: to create a sterile source of water for all kinds of purposes that is easy to use for animal technicians and easy accessible for animals for daily use, during transport or after surgery. Additional is the decreased risk of weight loss by animals during transport and it is no longer necessary to accept the risk of contamination of perishable goods, which could harm the animals and prohibit them to eat or drink.

General information


Water is essential to life-sustaining biochemical and physiological processes. For long periods animals can survive without food, but after short periods without water, most animals will show substantially changes in metabolism, condition and behaviour (stress) and some of them will die. A popular way of watering animals is by supplying water replacements in a solid formulation.

Fluid balance

The body water contents are regulated tightly by controlling input (i.e. drinking, via impulses from the brain's thirst centre) and output (as an effect of the antidiuretic hormone ADH- on water reabsorption in the kidney). If animals cannot conserve water, losses will occur. If water is not available, the food intake will decrease and thus the body weight will decrease substantially. This process should normalise when water is supplied to the animals. In transportation the animals will arrive at their destination with a certain degree of dehydration.

Water replacement

Solid Drink® is originally designed as a solid water source to be used during shipment of animals and is nowadays used by most of the high standard animal breeders. The product contains only natural raw materials, is sterile and has a water contents of over 97%. By eating Solid Drink® during transport, animals will arrive at their destination with a minimum of weight loss and dehydration. Solid Drink® replaces water-bottles, perishable fruit- or potato parts, which are unreliable and insanitary watersources which only last a short time. In addition: by using Solid Drink® transport boxes will remain clean.

Recovery after surgery

Solid Drink® is also suitable as a water replacement for animals which have had surgery and are not able to stretch themselves to drink from the water nipples.

Solid Drink®-Energy Bio, Solid Drink®-DeHyPrev Bio - Solid Drink®-DeHyPrev Vit Bio and Solid Drink® Diet Bio.


Solid Drink® is produced from only sterile and biological components. After production Solid Drink® is packed in air tight buckets and than irradiated. 

Gamma Irradiation

By Synergy Health / Steris license number I-SZW/CK/VCR/KEW, no. 95/1040S, issued by the Dutch Ministry of social affairs and employment; The national and international Quality Assurance System Standards: NEN-ISO 9002 and the EN 46002 (including EN 552), ISO 14001 (environment certificate).

The irradiation dose applied is controlled by Synergy Health B.V. The calibration of the dose meters is carried out by the National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom. Irradiation dose is a minimum of 10 KGy guaranteed and certified with each delivery.

Analysis report

Sterility tests are carried out by incubation of the product by an independent laboratory. Analysis reports available.