If Chester and Gretel were riding in the Tour de France, K9 GoDog Sports Drink probably wouldn’t be. It’s like a performance enhancing drug….or something like that. Ha, ha.
This doggy sports drink was made for highly active dogs that participate in things like agility, Flyball, lure 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 that of those other “performance sports” dogs. I don’t go hiking with my dogs without it.
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 say that this stuff is amazing (not that I would lie and say it’s amazing or anything)!
In previous articles I have suggested to add a splash of no, or very low, sodium beef or chicken broth to your dog’s water on a hike to get them to drink more. K9 GoDog 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. Sometimes they drink it 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 and Chester and Gretel love it the same. 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.
The mix does have a tiny bit of an ick factor, at least to me. I am used to human sports drink powder that usually dissolves 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.
You can find the company that makes K9 GoDog, Animal Naturals, on Facebook for more info.