Elevated lactate is the key to keeping your dog hydrated.

It’s essential for the digestion of milk, but not enough to sustain the growth of a baby dog.

So how can you keep your dog comfortable in the bathroom when your dog is lactating?

Read More: “I think the most important thing you can do is make sure you’ve got a water dispenser in the room and that you’ve been hydrated for as long as possible,” says Darlene, a certified professional nursing assistant and owner of the Upper Peninsula, Florida, nursing service, EMB.

“That way, when your pup goes to the bathroom, he’s in the water for as much as possible.”

The problem: Elevated milk, and especially the lactate-free varieties, can cause diarrhea and dehydration, and your dog may not get enough of a supply of electrolytes.

If your dog can’t get enough, your dog might have to eat food or drink liquids that won’t be absorbed.

“That can be very dangerous,” Darline says.

“If your dog has a history of diarrhea or dehydration, then he’s probably going to have a lot of diarrhea.

That could cause severe dehydration and death.”

So, what should you do?

There are two main options to help your dog get enough electrolytes: water and electrolyte pills.

Water is more difficult to absorb than electrolytes, and if your dog does get a dose of electrolyte tablets, you might need to refill them often.

“When your dog needs to be on a higher dosage, it’s a lot harder to get him on,” Darrine says, so it’s important to check in with your vet about how much to refill.

“For the most part, if you’re using water, it is very important to use a water bottle or some type of hydration bottle.

It will make sure your dog gets all the electrolytes that he needs,” she adds.

“Also, if your pup is not getting enough electrolyte, he’ll probably have to go to the vet and find out what the problem is.”

If you’re not sure how much electrolyte you need, you can check on your dog on a regular basis.

“A good rule of thumb is, if he is in a water bowl and not on a towel, he should be drinking a gallon or two of water a day,” Darryl says.