Equine Oral Electrolyte paste
TRADE NAMES:Electrolyte Oral Gel
Equi-Phar Electramino Paste
The most common electrolytes affecting horses include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. Electrolytes play an important role in maintaining fluid balance as well as supporting nerve and muscle activity. When horses exercise, electrolytes are lost in the sweat. Loss of these electrolytes can have consequences involving normal body functions. The primary reason to administer electrolyte supplements is to restore the normal balance of these important compounds. There are a variety of products available which contain different electrolytes and in various amounts. Most electrolyte paste is delivered with a dosing syringe.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- A form of electrolyte replenishment
- Some products also contain amino acids
- Given orally
REASONS FOR USING:
- Oral electrolyte supplementation is utilized to replenish electrolytes lost during activity and sweating
- The amount of fluids and electrolytes lost with sweating is dependent upon the duration and intensity of the activity, the condition of the horse, the environmental temperature and humidity, as well as the availability for resting and drinking during an event
Oral electrolyte supplementation should be given according to your veterinarian’s recommendations.
Refer to product insert regarding specific dosing recommendations.
Give the exact amount recommended and only as often as directed.
Baseline blood work may be recommended to assess your horse’s general health before starting this form of supplementation.
Ongoing laboratory evaluation may be necessary to monitor fluid balance, electrolyte changes and acid-base status.
Oral electrolyte supplementation adjustments may be made based upon these results and an assessment of how your horse is responding clinically.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
- Oral electrolyte paste should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
- Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- Oral electrolyte supplementation can result in changes to electrolyte levels which may be detrimental to horses with a pre-existing condition
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your horse experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS PRODUCT BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your horse experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your horse receives more than the recommended amount.
WHAT HORSES SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your horse as there are a variety of supplements available and they are not suitable for all horses
- Not for use in horses with a known hypersensitivity to oral electrolyte products
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- Supplementation goals for your performance horse
- The importance of good management and nutrition in high performance animals
- What laboratory tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment
- When your horse may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this form of therapy
- If your horse has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your horse has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your horse or plan to give your horse, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your horse’s medications can be given together.
- If your mare is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your horse’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
Check with the appropriate regulatory body regarding the use in competition horses.
This is just a summary of information about Oral Electrolyte paste. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or oral electrolyte supplementation, please contact your veterinarian.