Pennywise Hint: Electrolyte Mix - KOTA Territory News

Pennywise Hint: Electrolyte Mix

                                                                  Electrolyte Mix for Animals
            Use for baby lambs, calves, goats, etc.  if the animal has an upset stomach and diarrhea
                               Combine in a large bowl.....
                                        1 package fruit pectin (Sure-Jell and Pen-Jell are two brand names)
                                         2 teaspoons baking soda
                                         1 10 ounce can chicken broth or 10 ounces warm water mixed with 4 chicken bouillon cubes or 4 teaspoons powdered Chicken bouillon
                                          1 teaspoon plain table salt
                              Mix well, it foams up a lot so you need to use a big bowl.  Let the foam go down a bit and then add 2 quarts (8 cups) warm water.
                                  Administer WITHOUT MILK for at least 3 days and then gradually introduce milk again.
                                  Baby lambs or goats get 8 to 16 ounces per feeding 3 times a day.  Baby calves get 1 quart (4 cups/32 ounces) 2 or 3 times a day.
                          This is a time-tested, tried and true recipe used by many rural farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, etc.  It's cheaper than commercial mixes and seems to work just as well.  This can be held in the refrigerator if the animal doesn't consume the whole recipe at once.  Reheat the solution in warm water.  DO NOT microwave as it destroys the ability of the pectin to do it's job.
                             It also goes without saying that if the animal doesn't show improvement within 24-36 hours...head for the vet!!
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