Life-Aid Xtra, a powder for oral solution, is an oral rehydration product indicated for the reversal of the processes of dehydration, electrolyte loss and acidosis associated with scour in calves, whether due to nutritional, bacterial, viral or cryptosporidial causes.
Dosage: A solution, which is administered orally, is prepared as follows: dissolve the contents of one sachet in 2 litres (3½ pints) of warm water.
Administration: All milk and milk replacer is withdrawn on first signs of scour. Two litres of the solution, freshly prepared as directed, is given twice daily for 2 days. The solution provides an adequate source of nutrients and electrolytes which are readily absorbed. For the next 4 feeds (2 days) 1 litre of solution and 1 litre of milk replacer is administered. Thereafter normal diet is resumed. If symptoms are severe, the solution may be fed 3 or 4 times daily. The solution may be given for a maximum of 4 days only, when administered on its own.
A water soluble powder contained in a single 83.74 g sachet which forms an clear solution on mixing with water for oral administration.
COMPOSITION % w/w
Sodium Citrate Ph.Eur 4.681
Sodium Acetate Ph.Eur 3.917
Sodium Propionate M.S 2.293
Sodium Chloride Ph.Eur 5.589
Potassium Chloride Ph.Eur 3.559
Potassium Dihydrogen Orthophosphate Ph.Eur 1.624
Glucose (anhydrous) Ph.Eur 75.237
On reconstitution in 2 litres of water the available concentrations are as follows:
Sodium 90 mmol/1
Potassium 25 mmol/1
Chloride 60 mmol/1
Phosphate 5 mmol/1
Propionate 10 mmol/1
Acetate 20 mmol/1
Citrate 6.67 mmol/1
Dextrose 175 mmol/1
The propionate, acetate and citrate ions together yield 50 mmol/1 bicarbonate.
Keep feeding utensils clean and avoid overfeeding.
Adequate colostrum should have been fed to calves.
Normal feeding should be resumed after the course of treatment.
Do not use solution contaminated with foreign material.
Any medicated water not consumed within 24 hours should be discarded.
Meat - Nil
In severe cases some calves may require additional i.v. rehydration therapy. In such cases consult a veterinary surgeon. If condition fails to improve after 4 days consult a veterinary surgeon.
Dispose of any unused solution in slurry or dirty water. Dispose of unused product and empty packaging in the farm refuse.
Store in a dry place. Do not store above 25oC. Keep out of the reach of children.
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