Hypernatremia in Canine

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Too much sodium is potentially life threatening to your four legged pals. When the concentration of sodium and the levels of fluids become imbalance, intracranial hemorrhage and neurologic changes will occur.

Hypernatremia is an electrolyte imbalance defined as increased sodium concentration in the blood. This imbalance is caused by either excessive loss of total body water or increased sodium intake. According to the Association of American Feed Control (AAFC), an average healthy dog should consume no more than 100 mg of sodium every day. This includes sodium from salt and other additives which can be found in the nutrition label of a product. Dogs who consume too much salt (from commercial dog food and treats) are at risk of developing this condition. 

In a world where everything is processed and pre-made, monitoring your pet’s sodium intake can be challenging. So it is important to check the product label first when purchasing ready-to-eat meals and prepackaged pet food products in the supermarket.

But do not overdo it. Getting too little sodium can wreak havoc their body. Give them sodium-rich foods and sodium supplements, if needed. Bentonite clay is rich in sodium, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals that, when ingested, can act as a supplement that replaces the missing nutrients needed by the body. Also, it is also known as an effective detoxification tool that remove toxins from the body.


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