Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products introduces a reformulated Land O'Lakes® Electrolyte System.
It is essential that oral electrolyte solutions contain an alkalinizing agent to address acidosis caused by the acid-base imbalance that occurs during scours. Products containing bicarbonate have been used effectively for this purpose for many years.
“Research by Dr. Geof Smith at North Carolina State University demonstrates that electrolyte products containing acetate as the alkalinizing agent have advantages over bicarbonate,” says Dr. Tom Earleywine, technical services director for Land O’Lakes Animal Milk Products. “As a result of this key research, we are pleased to announce the Land O’Lakes® Electrolyte System Add Pack treatment is now one of the only U.S. electrolyte products formulated with acetate as the alkalinizing agent.”
Smith explains, “Our research shows that abomasal pH rise is not observed when using acetate-based oral electrolyte solutions. Maintaining a low abomasal pH addresses the risk of bacteria reaching the small intestine that may lead to infection or clinical disease.”
Acetate benefits include: producing energy when metabolized; stimulating the sodium and water absorption in the calf intestine; and inhibiting the growth of Salmonella, E. coli and other bacteria.
The Land O’Lakes® Electrolyte System is designed to address the effects of scours, electrolyte loss, nutrition and dehydration. It is a two part, cost-effective program structured to address the effect of scours and dehydration before it starts and after it has taken hold of the calf.
“The use of electrolytes is vital year-round, but critical during summer heat and stress. The quality of commercial oral electrolyte solutions can vary greatly,” says Earleywine. “When choosing an electrolyte product, remember that it must satisfy the calf’s need for sodium and potassium to replace what is lost, as well as provide agents that promote sodium and water absorption from the intestine.”
 Update on oral electrolytes, Geof Smith, DVM, MS, PhD, diplomate, ACVIM, Dept. Population Health & Pathobiology, North Carolina State University.