Treating hypernatremia can be challenging and needs a special approach based on the type of the imbalance. Acute hypernatremia in canine can be easily treated using fluid therapy while chronic hypernatremia needs extreme caution and prompt administration. Dogs that are diagnosed with chronic hypernatremia should be confined as fluid therapy should be done in two-hour intervals. When not administered properly, the patient could experience seizure or brain damage such as cerebral edema.
Once your dog’s water and sodium levels has been stabilized, your veterinarian will then focus the treatment on the underlying disease to prevent the imbalance from occurring again.
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 on 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.