We are big fans of summer and the sun, no complaints about the unusually hot English weather over here! However although us humans may love it, not all pups do and we have to be extra careful about making sure pooches stay hydrated when out and about in the hot weather. Especially now Belinha is a senior señora, this is even more important for me, so when I first heard about Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs, a hydration drink for dogs at the Canary Woof Dog Show earlier this year, I was intrigued.
What was this hydration drink for dogs all about…was it like a sports drink for humans but for hounds instead? Turns out the answer in a nutshell is yes, it is.
We were offered the chance to try Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs ourselves so we’ll tell you what we thought, but first here’s the essential info you need to know. Oh and we’ve got a chance for you to enter a giveaway to try some out for yourselves, more on that in a moment.
What is Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs?
Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs is a specially formulated hypotonic drink which replenishes fluids, minerals and glucose similar to how human hydration drinks work. Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs is natural chicken flavoured to make it more palatable for dogs and contains a prebiotic fibre to promote healthy tummies. I was also pleased to see that it was hypoallergenic and could be frozen….Oralade Pupsicles anyone?
I wasn’t sure how Belinha and Moleque would react to it as sometimes even though they are clearly thirsty they won’t drink much water, especially when we’re out and about. Well, I needn’t have worried, after the first sniff it was guzzled down and clearly passes the palatability test!
Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs – Key Facts
As Belinha is on a diet, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t inadvertently giving her a high calorie treat! Here are the key facts on the nutritional composition:
Purified Water, Glucose 2.1%, MInerals 0.65%, Galacto-Oligosaccharides 0.1%, Chicken Liver Hydrolysate, Natural Flavourings
11 kcal per 100ml
Crude Protein 0.3%, Crude Fat 0.1%, Crude Fibre 0.1%, Crude Moisture 96%, Inorganic Matter 0.5%, Potassium 0.07%, Sodium 0.10%, Chloride 0.20%, Phosphorous 0.026%, Calcium 0.006%
Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs is hypoallergenic and made from hydrolyzed chicken. The Oralade website also mentions that it’s also suitable for diabetics and dogs with renal problems.
As Belinha is on a diet, although the Oralade Hydrate Plus website says a dog of her size can have up to 600ml in a 24 hour period, I gave Belinha much less than that and it still definitely helped her hydrate.
Note: Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs is not to be confused with Oralade GI Support which contains amino acids and is a vet prescribed product. We were initially confused based on some of the product literature we had read but verified this with Oralade who confirmed the difference between the two and that Oralade Hydrate Plus can be given as a treat also.
When to use Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs?
Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs is recommended for a range of situations – working/active dogs, hot weather, travel, whelping recovery and more according to the Oralade website. However, I was interested in it for it’s most simple use, keeping my dogs hydrated when out and about or even at home in hot weather. It can also be used in winter when dogs can become de-hydrated from central heating.
On the Oralade website, the recommended water intake for a dog is 30-50 ml/kg body weight per day so for a 20kg dog like Belinha, that’s at least 600ml which I’m pretty sure she doesn’t drink even though there is always fresh clean drinking water available.
Keeping your hound hydrated is even more of a problem if you’re out and about on a long walk or at a dog event and the sun comes out in full force. So having a bottle of Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs in my bag suddenly seems like a no brainer and the sensible dog parent thing to do!
You can read more about the facts behind pet hydration on the Oralade website in their health tips section.
What we liked about Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs
- The dogs clearly see this as a treat so it’s way to give them a treat and help them stay hydrated at the same time
- It’s easy to pop a bottle in my bag for when we’re out and about and I know the dogs will be keen to drink it
- It’s low calorie (when given in moderation) and hypoallergenic
- Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs can be frozen to make hydration pupsicles too
- Oralade supports Guide Dogs UK especially with their puppy and breeding programme and has been doing so for 10 years, more details on the Oralade and Guide Dogs UK partnership can be found here
- Oralade have also been supporting London’s Homeless and their pets with Oralade Hydrate Plus donations through the charity DOTS (Dogs On The Streets) during the heatwave this summer
Where can you buy Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dog?
You can buy Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs from the Oralade website. Oralade comes in two sizes; 400 ml which is £4.50 per bottle or £24 for a six pack or 150 ml which is £1.50 per bottle for smaller pups. For orders over £25, delivery is free otherwise delivery is £5. You can see a feeding guide here to work out which would be the best size for your pup.
Would you like to get your paws on some Oralade Hydrate Plus for Dogs to try for yourself? Then look out for our giveaway over on our Facebook page tomorrow!
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