Sugar Free Electrolyte Powder
Electrolytes are extremely important for proper re-hydration therapy to take place in the body. Water alone will not hydrate your reptile if it's electrolytes are depleted or out of balance. Any time you begin any type of nutritional therapy on a sick or malnourished reptile, hydration therapy with electrolytes is essential. A reptile that has been off food for any amount of time, will need fluid therapy with electrolytes before beginning any solid foods. Imagine an athlete running a marathon and only drinking water, they are still at risk of dehydration due to their lost electrolytes. Without electrolytes, cells, tissues and organs are unable to function properly, because the electrical impulses that rely on them, rely on on a balance of the conductive minerals calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium. Plain water will not hydrate if these minerals are depleted or out of balance, so replenishment is crucial.
There are commercial products that can be used temporarily or during an emergency, but they are full of sugars and lack what is really necessary to maintain a good balance of electrolytes. Pedialyte has no calcium or magnesium, and has way too much sugar for use with reptiles. Say no to dextrose!
Oral re-hydration is the best way to keep your animal from losing excess fluids. Baby reptiles, should be given fluids 2 or 3 times per day, juveniles and adults at least once per day. They may not drink every time you offer, but will learn to enjoy the flavor over plain water. Remember, a dehydrated animal, will not be able to eat.
Add 1/4 teaspoon to 4 ounces of fresh water, refrigerate unused portion up to 1 week. We suggest making 1 oz at a time.
What is considered an electrolyte? They are typically the minerals Calcium - Potassium - Sodium - Magnesium
The problem is, most commercially available electrolyte drinks for humans, contain a lot of sugar and this is not okay for reptiles to consume for more than a couple days. Even many of the popular sports drinks are now doing away with simple sugars and replacing them with complex carbohydrates.
Zero sugar! Uses .75g of complex carbs instead. Pedialyte has double that in sugar.
Sodium 9mg - Pedialyte has 2.5mg
Potassium 18mg - Pedialyte has 1.25mg
Magnesium 3mg - Pedialyte has 0
Calcium 8mg - Pedialyte has 0
Also contains an array of water soluble B vitamins to aid in energy metabolism, these vitamins are not stored in the body and can be depleted very easily when a reptile is dehydrated. Once a reptile is well hydrated and has the vitamins needed to turn food into energy, their appetite will increase naturally.
- 1/4 oz Jar is 5 grams of powder (makes 40 ounces)
No artificial sweeteners, coloring or flavoring
Each gram of powder contains the following ingredients
|Vitamin C (as Ester C® calcium ascorbate and calcium citrate)||37mg|
|Thiamin (as thiamin HCI)||0.18mg|
|Riboflavin (as riboflavin 5-phosphate and riboflavin)||0.20mg|
|Niacin (as niacinamide)||.6mg|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI)||.25mg|
|Folate (as folic acid)||12mcg|
|Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)||.75mcg|
|Pantothenic Acid (as D-calcium pantothenate)||.6mg|
|Calcium (as dicalcium phosphate, Ester C® calcium ascorbate, and calcium citrate)||10mg|
|Phosphorous (as potassium phosphate and dicalcium phosphate)||8mg|
|Magnesium (as magnesium oxide and magnesium aspartate)||3mg|
|Zinc (as zinc citrate)||.35mg|
|Selenium (as selenium L-methionine complex)||.4mcg|
|Chromium (as chromium dnicotinate glycinate)||1.25mcg|
|Copper (as copper oxide)||.05mg|
|Manganese (as manganese sulfate)||.05mg|
|Molybdenum (as sodium molybdate)||.8mcg|
|Chloride (as sodium chloride)||14mg|
|Sodium (as sodium chloride)||9mg|
|Potassium (as potassium phosphate and potassium aspartate)||18mg|
|Choline (as choline bitartrate||.25mg|
|Vanadium (as vanadyl sulfate)||1.25mcg|
|Phyto-Blend: Pine bark 4:1 extract, grape seed extract, bilberry fruit extract, and grape skin extract||1.25mg|
|Stevia Leaf Extract||15mg|
Other ingredients: Non-GMO Maltodextrin, natural flavors, citric acid, malic acid, beet color,Lo han Guo fruit extract, silica.