Oral electrolyte solutions (Small Animal)
Maintaining hydration is important for animals that are physically active or losing fluids from a medical condition. Providing an Oral electrolyte solution can provide supportive treatment to assist those pets with mild dehydration. There are a variety of Oral electrolyte solutions that each contain various amounts of electrolytes. Electrolytes play an important role in maintaining fluid balance as well as supporting nerve and muscle activity. Pending your pet’s medical needs, your veterinarian can recommend an appropriate supplement. These products are available as a solution and are administered orally.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- A form of fluid and electrolyte replenishment
- Usually contain a combination of the following electrolytes:
- Some solutions contain amino acids and antioxidants
- Given orally
REASONS FOR USING:
- Oral electrolyte solutions are commonly used in pets that are mildly dehydrated due to reduced fluid intake or excess fluid loss from gastrointestinal conditions such as vomiting or diarrhea
If you are advised to provide an Oral electrolyte solution to your pet, follow your veterinarian’s directions carefully. Give the exact amount recommended and only as often as directed.
Oral electrolyte solutions are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding. Adjustments in therapy will likely be made based upon an assessment of how your pet is responding clinically.
Warming some products can increase the palatability for your pet.
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:
Check package details regarding proper storage recommendations; some products require refrigeration and expire after several days of opening. It is important to discard any unused portion.
Oral electrolyte solutions products should be stored in a childproof container.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- These products are usually well tolerated and adverse reactions are uncommon at recommended doses
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet 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 pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the recommended amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When you pet will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment
- What are the risks and benefits of using this form of therapy
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your pet’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
This is just a summary of information about Oral electrolyte solutions. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was recommended, please contact your veterinarian.