Electrolytes:These are minerals that form ions within the fluid in the body. Electrolytes are essential for normal function of every cell in the body. The balance of electrolytes within the dog is crucial in maintaining optimum fluid levels in the body. Electrolytes also play a key role in regulating the function of nerves and muscles, as well as ensuring normal functions in the body occur correctly. When dogs become dehydrated, one of the early responses is to draw fluid from the cells. This transfer of fluids takes with it the key electrolytes, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. The movement of electrolytes along with fluid can then impact the body’s normal function and in the short term can then impact performance and recovery. Long term dehydration can lead to damage to the body organs and overall health of the animals. Dogs require electrolytes in a number of situations, and these are particular benefit to dogs working hard during training and competition.
• Dehydration:steps should be always taken to avoid dehydration and any associated heat stress; good management practises will help ensure the dogs well-being is not compromised. When a dog has become dehydrated, it is important to replace fluids and lost electrolytes as soon as possible.
• Stress:during times of stress dogs may quickly go of their food & drink, and therefore can become dehydrated, so including ways to temp a dog to eat and drink is key to Optimum health and recovery.
• Physical Activity and Birth:Electrolytes are important to maintain hydration levels during whelping and will ensure dehydration does not impact milk levels. During periods of high activity, the addition of an electrolytes supplement helps maintain optimum hydration levels and ensure muscle function is not compromised. Effective supplementation of electrolytes can also support good recovery & allow the dog to perform at its best.
Where a dog has become dehydrated following sickness and diarrhoea it is recommended to seek veterinary advice.
Directions for use:
5ml for small dogs or 10ml for large dogs directly into the mouth, or onto the feed after periods of stress or heavy sweating.
Clean water should be always available.
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