K9 GoDog Total Sports Drink for Dogs is a sports drink was made for highly active dogs that participate in things like agility, Flyball, coursing, hunting or hunt tests. I discovered it while browsing online and bought some to try. I have always said that hiking is our flavor of agility and the energy expenditure is very similar to those other “performance sports” categories.
This supplement is more than just a human sports drink reconfigured for dogs. Its designed specifically for the canine metabolism and features a proprietary blend of electrolytes, short-burst and long-range energy fuels, plus vital buffering agents that help neutralize performance-robbing, potentially-lethal lactic acid buildup. The drink claims to help keep your dog hydrated, increase endurance, increase oxygen delivery and increase safety and fun.
I can honestly (I was not compensated for this and the company doesn’t even know we exist) say that this stuff is absolutely amazing!
In previous articles I have suggested you add beef or chicken broth in your dog’s water on a hike to get them to drink more. This stuff has some kind of “meaty” flavor that Chester and Gretel love. The smell is subtle so I can’t tell you what flavor it is but they lap the stuff up as soon as I pour in their bowl or right out of the water bottle.
I notice they have energy longer when they drink it. It is not just “power of suggestion” either. I always come from a place of skepticism when something makes such strong claims. I can’t say if all the “behind the scenes science stuff” is true but I have seen the pep in their step increase (or last longer), them stay more chipper and wide-eyed and them recover quicker (OK, THAT part might be “imagined” but I really feel they do).
This stuff is really easy to use. I bought the little packets and you just dump it into a standard sports bottle (about 20 oz.) and mix. I actually put more water in it than that to make it go farther. I have put in about 30 oz of water and it seems to have the same effect.
The only thing is that you can’t share a water bottle with your dogs and will have to bring a separate one for them. That can make your pack a little heavier but it is WAY worth it.
It does have a tiny bit of an ick factor, at least to me. I am used to human sports that usually dissolve completely in water. This stuff doesn’t dissolve completely so you can see a bit of a “scum” on the top of the water when you put it in the bowl. That is not a “deal breaker” in my book though.
I would recommend this dog sports drink to anyone that hikes or does highly active sports with their dogs. I even use it if we are in a place that is super hot so they stay hydrated.
As soon as we run out I will definitely order more. I comes in a big canister too but I will continue to buy the packets because it is more convenient for us to hike and travel with.