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Neutradex: Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Neutradex?

During exercise, lactic acid and “free radicals” build up in the muscles and if not neutralized and removed can lead to cramping, stiffness, fatigue and slow recovery. Neutradex® is formulated to combat the effects of acidosis and dehydration, particularly after fast work.

Neutradex® also encourages dogs to drink, increasing the action of the kidneys in clearing toxic waste produced during hard exercise.

 

How does Neutradex® work?

Neutradex® contains sodium acid citrate salt in a thick sugar syrup base. The acid-citrate salt is a buffering agent - providing mild neutralising power against alkaline salts, but strong neutralising or buffering activity against acid salts, or build up of acid in the blood or urine. Therefore it is most beneficial when used after a trial or a race where lactic acid build-up in the muscles and blood should be effectively and quickly neutralised to prevent soreness and discomfort. The sodium content (although the sodium requirement is low in greyhounds) given as an after race recovery aid stimulates the animal to drink more water, which in turn corrects post-race dehydration and flushes acid and metabolic wastes from the kidneys.

Neutradex® has many special attributes. Here are some:

  • It encourages greyhounds to drink.
  • Neutradex® is ideal for dogs that cramp.
  • Neutradex® increases the action of the kidneys to clear toxic wastes produced by hard exercise.
  • Neutradex® helps prevent dehydration.
  • Neutradex® helps prevent muscle soreness after fast work.
  • Neutradex® buffers the acid buildup in muscle cells.
  • The sodium part of Neutradex® stimulates the thirst response to encourage drinking and flushing of toxins from the body.
  • Neutradex® is caramel flavoured in a 1 litre bottle.

 

Can Neutradex® be used in the pre-race period?

Neutradex® is limited in its use to the post-race period. Although it is helpful in counteracting dehydration by stimulating the desire to drink, it is not as effective as Recharge® in meeting electrolyte needs and promoting fluid replacement and electrolyte balance after travelling or racing.

Neutradex® should not be given within the 24-36 hours prior to racing, although it may be given after the last trial or hard gallop before a race. Alkalinisation of the urine may increase the outflow of potassium salt and the flushing effect may eliminate other pre-race supplements of iron and B complex vitamins and reduce their retention time in the body.

 

Can Neutradex help buffer against cramp?

During exercise, lactic acid and free radicals (harmful substances) build up in the muscles and if not neutralized and removed can lead to cramping, stiffness, fatigue and slow recovery. Neutradex® is formulated to combat the effects of acidosis and dehydration especially after fast work. Give 6 mL over the tongue or in milk or water as soon as possible after fast work.

 

How Do I Use Neutradex?

It is not recommended that Neutradex® be used for everyday use, because of its potential to increase the excretion of potassium by alkalinising the urine. Potassium is an electrolyte often deficient in greyhound diets and is essential for optimum nerve and muscle function. The standard dose rate is 6mL mixed into the morning milk, or given by syringe over the tongue, for at least the first morning after a race, and preferably two mornings after a hard race. Neutradex® is limited in its use, to the post-race period. Although it is helpful in counteracting dehydration by stimulating the desire to drink, it is not as effective as Recharge® in meeting electrolyte needs and promoting fluid replacement and electrolyte balance after travelling or racing.

Hint: Greyhounds that are not fit enough for the distance or speed of a race often develop low grade acidosis in their back and hind limb muscles. This causes them to “blow-up” or swell in the muscles within 30 minutes up to 6 hours after racing, resulting in discomfort, pain and loss of appetite.