What is the tpg diet for sugar gliders?
This is a common question many new glider owners have.
What does it entail?
Is it even safe for your pet?
Curious and confused? You’ve come to the right place.
As a pet glider parent, I will tell you precisely what it is and how to make it.
What is the Sugar Gliders TPG Diet?
The tpg diet is a famous sugar glider diet many owners have been using for the past decade. It is the brainchild of one Priscilla Price, a trusted name in the pet glider community.
When I first bought my little marsupial, I relentlessly searched the internet for the best diet.
Here I was, stuck with a pet not many people knew how to take care of. The internet had many crazy diets for sugar gliders.
As a suspicious sugar glider parent, I didn’t trust the diets I saw. I’m sure you can relate. I needed something that would work on a consistent basis.
Sure I could try out some frozen vegetables, but for how long would I feed that to my pet glider? Some ideas for sugar glider brunch were downright laughable.
I found myself looking for a fresh diet after only a few weeks. But then I stumbled upon the tpg glider diet, which piqued my curiosity.
I didn’t know if it was a healthy diet, but I took the plunge anyway. The results were fantastic, and my pet glider loved it. So what is this tpg diet?
She came up with the diet with the help of qualified veterinarians and nutritionists. Otherwise, no one, including me, would have trusted it!
This diet centers heavily on feeding your glider healthy natural food. Reputable sugar glider experts back it as a worthy option for your pet. Some laud it as the best for achieving the perfect ratio of vitamins per sugar glider.
Dr. Dayna Wilems of Aurora Animal Hospital lists the diet in this piece alongside the sugar glider BML diet as some of the best diet plans (1) for sugar gliders. The ingredients aren’t as wild as you might have seen from some other plans on the net.
In the wild, gliders are mainly omnivorous and feed primarily on insects, tree sap, and bee pollen. That means they don’t need multi-vitamins like your pet glider since their diet is whole.
I found such a diet difficult to replicate for my pet glider. That’s why stumbling upon the tpg diet was such a huge relief. The tpg diet, with its variety of fruits, healthy treats, and nutritional variety, made perfect sense.
All you need to make it you can get at your local store and a few online.
So, what’s this famous recipe, and how do you prepare it?
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TPG Diet Recipe
The TPG diet recipe is quite simple to follow, as you can see here (2). I often freak out when I think about complex diet plans with complicated ingredients or equipment to prepare.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite a good cook even if I’m saying it. I just wanted something simple. Fortunately, the godsend TPG diet isn’t that complex.
What Should You Have to Make TPG Sugar Glider Diet?
Ingredients Needed For This Recipe
The table below shows the ingredients you need and in what amounts.
|Ingredient||Amount||Points to Note|
|a) Fresh or frozen fruits||2 cups||Mangos, bananas, grapes, kiwi fruits, raspberries, pineapples, peaches, or cantaloupes|
|b) Protein||6-8 ounces||Chicken, eggs, or ground turkey are excellent options.|
|c) Plain yogurt||6-8 ounces||Stoneyfield Farm yogurt or Dannon|
|d) Calcium-fortified Orange Juice Concentrate||6 tablespoons||Best for combating calcium deficiency|
|e) Fresh or frozen vegetables||2 cups||A Leafy vegetable type such as kale, sweet potatoes, collards, snow peas, green beans, carrots, squash, jicama, and lima beans. You can also use token amounts of broccoli.|
|f) Uncooked Oatmeal||6 to 8 tablespoons||Baby rice cereal also isn’t bad|
|g) Wheat germ or ground flax seed||1 to 2 tablespoons||You can avoid using this ingredient if you have fresh veggies and fruits|
|h) Apple sauce||4 cups||Should be unsweetened|
- Food processor
- A tablespoon
- A large bowl
- Small storage containers ( ice cube trays are fine.) You can store several frozen portions of the meal for future use.
Once you have collected all the above ingredients, you’ll have all you need. Although I found most of the elements from my local store, I had to order a few online.
I trust you won’t have that difficult a time getting this from your local store. Fresh fruits, 2-4 different fruits, aren’t that difficult to find.
For whey protein or fresh vegetables, any local store might have them.
Also, avoid diet ingredients with preservatives, artificial sweeteners, or color additives.
6 Steps to Follow for TPG Sugar Glider Diet
With everything in place, follow the directions below:
- Wash all the fresh veggies and fruits thoroughly.
- Chop the veggies and fruits into small pieces. Although a processor would work best, you can still use a knife. Be sure to cut them into extremely tiny pieces.
- Cook the proteins (Nothing complicated, cook them as you would your food)
- Thoroughly mix all the ingredients, excluding oatmeal
- Now add oatmeal until you attain a paste with the consistency of cake batter. This is important; it shouldn’t be too runny or outright thick
- Freeze the mixture and store it in an airtight container. The food is now a complete meal.
Add calcium powder and multivitamins for each glider’s serving. Measure 1/8 tablespoons per glider and offer it to them with fresh water. it
That wasn’t too hard, was it? You don’t have to be a seasoned cook to prepare sugar glider food with this recipe.
If the above directions prove a little convoluted, the video below can be a gem.
How Often Should I Feed TPG Diet to My Sugar Glider?
Now you have the recipe and the directions for preparing the tpg diet. But then you must wonder, how often can my critter deal with this?
Won’t I bore them with the same diet every day?
Well, not exactly.
You can make this your critters’ primary meal on a daily basis. Of course, you’ll need to add in some occasional treats to spice up meals.
The tpg diet, despite having all the nutrients your pet will need, also requires some spicing up with treats.
Dr. Wilems says yogurt drops, honey, ground bee pollen, and mealworms are excellent treats. The NC State Veterinary Hospital Exotic Animal Medicine Department agrees (3).
But the treats don’t need to be a daily occurrence. Giving too many treats erodes the benefits of the TPG diet for sugar-glider health.
Due to the excess sugar in such treats, you could find yourself raising a fat glider. It would be best if you didn’t use sugary treats on a daily basis. Sometimes offer your pet glider a protein treat as part of their daily portion.
Tpg or bml diet: Which one is the best?
Both diets have the ideal balance of nutrients your glider needs. So, there isn’t one that is better than the other.
Can I include canned human-grade chicken in the tpg diet?
Always use cooked chicken. Boil the chicken to soften, so the gliders have an easy time eating it.
Should I always stick with the same ingredients when making the TPG diet?
You don’t always have to stick with the same ingredients. Gliders can eat different vegetables, so feel free to include additional ingredients.
I think you might agree that the Tpg diet for sugar gliders is relatively straightforward to prepare. If you doubted it, then maybe it’s time you stopped with your doubting.
The tpg diet will need little supplementing with multi-vitamins or other treats. So if you want to raise happy sugar gliders, try it and see for yourself.
Have you tried TPG diet for your sugar gliders? Let us know your experience below!
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- 2. TPG Diet | Sugar Glider Nutrition [Internet]. DRAGONSTONE RANCH. [cited 2022 May 10]. Available from: https://www.dragonstoneranch.com/tpg#:~:text=The%20Pet%20Glider%20Exotic%20Fresh%20Diet%20consists%20of%20chicken%2C%20turkey
- 3. Caring for Your Pet Sugar Glider [Internet]. Available from: https://cvm.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Caring-for-your-Sugar-Glider.pdf
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