Virbac New Zealand

Rehydration & Recovery

Recharge

A convenient liquid formulation for rapid fluid and electrolyte replacement in performance horses

  • Horse

WHAT IS RECHARGE?

RECHARGE is the ‘sports drink’ for horses and contains a concentrated solution of electrolytes and glucose with a palatable apple flavour to:

  • Restore electrolyte levels immediately
  • Stimulate the horse’s natural thirst mechanism to increase fluid intake and support rehydration
  • Boost energy and assist in electrolyte absorption

RECOMMENDED FOR

  • Horses prior to, during and after travel
  • Performance horses following sweat loss
  • Rehydration after illness or diarrhoea
  • “Tucked up” horses – showing signs of dehydration

WHY CHOOSE RECHARGE?

  • Rapidly restores electrolyte levels - RECHARGE is formulated to provide rapid correction of fluid and electrolyte levels in the performance horse to maintain hydration, promote normal body function, provide efficient temperature regulation and heart and blood vessel stability and function.
  • Added glucose for energy and drive electrolyte absorption.
  • Versatile and palatable oral rehydration fluid – Can be diluted in drinking water or administered directing by a syringe over the tongue.

COMPOSITION

Each 60 mL dose contains:

  • Sodium 2.4 g
  • Potassium 1.8 g
  • Chloride 3.8 g
  • Phosphate 1.4 g
  • Magnesium 176 mg
  • Sulphate 695 mg
  • Glucose 15.6 g

DOSAGE & DIRECTIONS FOR USE

RECHARGE concentrate solution can be administered by oral syringe over the back of the tongue, with immediate access to clean, fresh water provided to drink as required. Alternatively, RECHARGE can be diluted with clean, fresh drinking water as directed. Dosage rates are for 450 – 500 kg horses. Offer half dose volumes to ponies less than 350 kg.

Horses (450 - 500 kg) By Oral Syringe over Tongue Made-up Drink in Water
Light Work (up to 30 minutes duration) 40 mL after exercise 40 mL in 2 litres of water
Moderate Work (30 – 60 minutes duration) 60 mL after exercise 60 mL in 3 litres of water
Heavy Work (Racing, Jumping, Dressage, Polocrosse, Polo, Stock Work) 80 mL after exercise 80 mL in 4 litres of water
Heavy Sweat Loss and Dehydration in all horses, Endurance, Eventing 80 mL after exercise 80 mL in 4 litres of water

Special Dose Rates

  • Severely Dehydrated Horses:
    •  6 – 8 litres of made-up solution (40 mL RECHARGE/litre water) may be administered by stomach tube as required under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon.
  • Endurance Exercise:
    •  60 – 80 mL can be administered by oral syringe over the tongue, during a ride or at check points, provided water is available or offered immediately.
  • Travelling Horses:
    •  40 – 60 mL over tongue with water provided 30 – 60 minutes before travelling, repeat every 2 – 3 hours during travelling, and again on arrival as required.

STORAGE

Store below 30˚C. Protect from freezing. Replace cap tightly after use.

PACK SIZES

RECHARGE is available in 1L chamber-measure bottles and 5L casks.

 

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