Replenish is a canine supplement developed by veterinarian, Dr. Rachel Walsh DVM, that keeps our active dogs at their best by restoring vital nutrients lost during either work or exercise. As a former All-American NCAA Division 1 track athlete and Biochemistry major at Rice University and an active participant in dog agility competitions, Dr. Walsh was inspired to created an all natural canine supplement that supports both hydration and recovery after high intensity activities. After years of research which included testing Replenish on her own dog, Sammy, she successfully pioneered a solution that keeps our furry friends at the top of their game.
If dogs are dehydrated, they will not be able to adequately lower their overall body temperature by panting. Increases in water consumption increase the overall blood volume and thus allow more volume to be cooled by the panting. Replenish is a chicken flavored hypotonic solution that will entice our dogs to drink enough water to rehydrate their body. The hypotonic concentration enhances absorption and delivery of nutrients to vital organs and muscles.
Exercise also depletes the body’s energy storage in the cells which is referred to as “glycogen”. Recent studies suggest that consumption of simple sugars such as dextrose, one of the main components of this product, within a few hours of exercise will replenish the glycogen storage in the dog’s cells back to almost 90-100% capacity compared to the 50-70% that is normally reobtained with a normal diet fed the evening after exercise. This product will significant help with fatigue and soreness that is normally felt the day after an active day.
FULL BODY SUPPORT
Hydration is necessary to support brain and other organ cooling during exercise and high temperatures. Additionally, hydration is needed for the muscles to be adequately perfused by blood. Inadequate perfusion can lead to lactic acid production and heat generation. Severe dehydration also puts our pets at risk of organ damage and heat stroke.
Replenish contains Vitamin B6 and B12. B Vitamins are unregulated during extreme exercise and supplementation can help replenish their storage. Vitamin Bs are very safe because they are water soluble vitamins and any excess ingestion will be excreted in the dog’s urine.
Extreme exercise has also been shown to cause oxidative damage to the cells. Replenish contains blueberry extract to provide antioxidants in the forms of polyphenols and cyanidins, to help combat oxidative damage. Blueberry supplementation has been scientifically proven in sled dogs to significantly increase the blood antioxidant concentrations after consumption.
Replenish does NOT contain electrolytes. Dogs do not sweat when exercising and therefore do not lose electrolytes like we do. Adding supplemental electrolytes could actually be harmful to the dogs because excess electrolytes can cause diuresis and additional dehydration.