Making Your Own Electrolyte Water for Dogs

by Jodi Thornton O'Connell
    Help your dog stay hydrated by offering electrolyte formula.

    Help your dog stay hydrated by offering electrolyte formula.

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    Hot weather, illness and stress are just three reasons your dog may become dehydrated. To combat it, keep a few ingredients on hand to make your own electrolyte formula. An electrolyte solution will replace cell salts and minerals that are important for proper hydration, blood pH and nerve conduction.

    Electrolyte formulas combine salts and sugars to replace potassium, phosphorus, bicarbonate, chloride, sodium and calcium. You can use any natural sugar you have on hand, such as honey, agave syrup, fructose or table sugar. Sea salt and baking soda are the two most common salts called for in electrolyte recipes.

    Electrolyte recipes for dogs contain higher sugar-to-sodium ratios than electrolyte solutions for people, as dogs do not lose sodium as quickly. Country vet Kaetheryn Walker recommends a solution of 1 quart of purified water with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Another recipe, recommended by K911.biz, has 8 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt per liter of water.

    Do not use alternative sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose or stevia, as they will not supply the sugars needed to balance canine electrolytes. Commercial products designed for humans may contain the sweetener xylitol, which can cause poisoning, seizures and death in dogs.

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    About the Author

    Jodi Thornton O'Connell has been an outdoorswoman for more than 45 years. She shares her love of adventure in columns for "Out-and-About Magazine," "Adam’s Rib," "Senior Christian Lifestyles," "Creede Magazine" and various websites.

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