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Goat Electrolytes Print E-mail
Written by Administrator-GL   
Saturday, 02 June 2007

Electrolytes for your goats are important when replacing body fluids lost from dehydration whether it is from illness or hot weather.  

My Personal Choice for electrolytes is Vi-tal, it has minerals, electrolytes, and vitamins and goes along way unlike many of the other dry mixes that have fillers and not nearly the balanced ingredients this product has.

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Vi-tal is a concentrated, water-dispersable nutritional supplement of essential vitamins, electrolytes and trace minerals. Use Vi-tal to aid in growth and productivity, as well as to stimulate water consumption and maintain balance of body fluids in livestock and poultry.

Vi-tal contains vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, riboflavin, d-Panothenic acid, niacin, vitamin B12, menadione sodium bisulfate complex (source of vitamin K), Thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, plus electrolytes and trace minerals from: potassium chloride, sodium chloride, magnesium sulfate, calcium gluconate, sodium bicarbonate, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, ethylene diamine dihydriodide, and cobalt sulfate.

This is a list right from my package of Vi-Tal of the ingredients:

Vi-Tal ingredients:

Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate,Potassium Chloride,Magnesium Sulfate,Vit A supplement, Niacin supplement, VitE supplement,d-calcium pantothenate,Vit D supplement,Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vit K activity),Riboflavin , Vit B12 supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Mamganese Sulfate,Folic acid,Cobalt sulfate,Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide (EDDI is used as an additive in pet food and cattle feed with high bioavailability. Used to prevent iodine deficiency), Copper Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate,Calcium Gluconate
Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vit K activity)
Specifically, some people have confused sodium bisulfate with menadione sodium bisulfite complex, the vitamin K3 source. Further, it should not be confused with sodium bisulfite, a chemical preservative used in fruits and wine. So, maybe some background on this ingredient, how it behaves in a food, what it does for the animal and whether it is safe for use in petfoods is in order.


High level supplementation: mix 1 packet per 128 gallons of water

Moderate level of supplementation: mix 1 packet per 256 gallons of water

Low level of supplementation: mix 1 packet per 384 gallons of water


Can be found at most Tractor Supply Stores or you can contact the company direct.

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Mixing Vi-Tal electrolytes (This is for this product ONLY as other electrolyte mixes are not as potent)
for HIGH LEVEL supplementation:
1/4tsp/1 gallon water
1 1/4 tsp/5 gallons water
2 1/2 tsp/10 gallons water

for MEDIUM LEVEL Supplementation:
Scant 1/5tsp/1 gallon water
Rounded 3/4 tsp/5 gallons water
Rounded 1 1/2 tsp/10 gallons water

for LOW LEVEL Supplementation:
1/10 tsp/1 gallon water
Scant 1/2 tsp/5 gallons water
Scant 1 tsp/10 gallons water

There are other electrolyte mixes on the market as well:

Revitilyte Plus

Electrolytes Plus

Re-Sorb (My Least favorite but in a HUGE pinch it will do alright)



  • 1 QUART = 2 PINTS = 4 CUPS
  • 1 Teaspoon 5 MILLILITERS (mL/cc)







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