Thursday, February 21, 2013

Electrolyte For Sick Lambs

Electrolytes are responsible for keeping the body hydrated so that the muscles and nerves can function properly.
Electrolyte solutions help restore electrolytes lost by the lamb during sickness due to dehydration.
Its best to feed electrolytes 30 minutes before or after feeding as electrolytes slow down the digestion of milk. You can purchase electrolyte tablets and solutions from your vet or you can try home made electrolyte. Commercial electrolyte solutions are preferred over homemade.
A well made fluid electrolyte will be able to replace the fluid and electrolytes lost during scouring. It will prevent excessive dehydration which is a leading cause of death in sick lambs.
A dehydrated lamb is an almost dead lamb.

Home Made Electrolyte Recipe

1 Quart Water
2 Ounces of Dextrose(corn syrup)
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Before you give the lamb the electrolyte ensure that that the lamb is not chilled. Mix the electrolyte with warm water. Try to get the lamb to suck on the bottle that contains the electrolyte. If the lamb will not suck from the bottle then you will need to use the stomach tube and syringe. You can also inject an electrolyte solution intraperitoneally you can get a lesson on how to do this from your vet.


  1. thanks for this post, can I use sugar to substitute the corn syrup?

    1. Hello
      You could use an organic honey or maple syrup to subsitute the corn syrup. Hope you enjoy the blog thanks for reading. Bye Linda

  2. how much Electrolyte do I feed the lamb?? Is it 50/50 of lamb milk replacement? 1 quart is roughly 950 milliliters (almost 1 liter), which seems like a hell of a lot. So do I also make 1 liter of lamb milk replacement then mix both mixtures (1 litre of Electrolyte and 1 litre of milk) together to then have a formula of 2 litres?? It would take the lamb a little while to drink all that...