Can I Give My Dog Pedialyte?

Can I Give My Dog Pedialyte?If your dog becomes dehydrated you may consider giving them Pedialyte as a fix. Dehydration takes place when the body loses excess fluid. This doesn’t only involve water deficiency, but electrolytes like potassium, sodium and chloride as well. When a dog becomes ill, sometimes they’ll refuse liquids creating a frustrating and serious problem.

Insufficient fluid intake, diarrhea and vomiting can all contribute to dehydration in dogs. An onset of fever may also worsen the situation. That’s why water is so important. It comprises about 60% of your dog’s body weight. Water helps to dissolve food and eliminate toxins. Excessive loss of bodily fluids leads to dehydration which brings us to the subject of Pedialyte.

While there are a number of treatment options for canine dehydration, Pedialyte is best at helping to bring back a balance to your dog’s electrolytes and fluids. It’s probably the most effective solution available making it a popular treatment option for dogs.

Can I Give My Dog Pedialyte? Answer: Yes

Pedialyte, though primarily made for human use, may also be used for dogs.

Pedialyte is a type of electrolyte mixture primarily made for infant health. It’s also one of the most effective treatments to rehydrate your pet. It’s great for reestablishing fluids and electrolytes. Comprised of mainly chloride, sodium and potassium, Pedialyte also contains carbohydrates such as dextrose.

How much to give to your dog is open for debate. There should be a dog formulated version of the product. The appropriate dosage depends greatly on your dog’s body weight. We use a 50/50 mix of Pedialyte and water totaling a cup-full per hour or so. Avoid mixing with any other fluids, especially those with sugar additives as it may only worsen a dog’s condition by drawing out more water from the cells.

Dog Dehydration Symptoms

Dehydration is one of the most common ailments dogs experience. This isn’t something to take lightly. Listed below are common symptoms to watch out for:

  • Sunken eyes
  • Decreased elasticity of the skin
  • Dry nose, eyes and mouth
  • Abnormal panting
  • Slow refill time of the capillary. (Use your finger as a remedy by applying gentle pressure on your dog’s gums. Do this until the color in the area starts to lighten. You should see color return the moment you release the pressure.)

If you notice your dog showing some of these symptoms, use Pedialyte as a remedy if you can’t consult a vet. But be sure to apply an appropriate dosage.

Dehydration Causes

Dog dehydration occurs when there’s excess loss of fluid. Aside from illness, an extremely hot or dry environment can trigger it. Other causes of dehydration are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Diabetes
  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Kidney disease
  • Excess panting or drooling

But dehydration can be the result of a more serious underlying problem. Your dog may be suffering from a variety of infections or diseases which is why a visit to a veterinarian may be required.

Persistent dehydration is a concern and if Pedialyte isn’t working then reach out for professional help.

Dehydration Treatment

A mild case of dehydration is usually when you don’t observe your dog experiencing any vomiting. This can be remedied with the help of Pedialyte which is given orally, either by medicine syringe, bottle or their normal drinking bowl.

A severe case of dehydration is another story. Maybe your dog refuses to eat, drink and is acting lethargic. If such symptoms persist, call a vet and schedule an appointment.

Treatment may involve aggressive replacement of fluids while preventing further losses. Application of IV fluids may be vital. The veterinarian may require your dog to stay at the clinic overnight for monitoring until they are clearly recovering.

Some people use Pedialyte to treat dehydration resulting from the Parvos virus. It may help but it’s likely your dog would need something more in such dire circumstances.

Pedialyte Conclusion

Canine dehydration is not something to be taken lightly and can be fatal if not treated properly. The answer is yes, you can and sometimes should give your dog Pedialyte. Though it is primarily made for human consumption, it’s generally safe to use for animals. If your dog has dehydration symptoms then Pedialyte is a good treatment option.

Practice caution when using it by following proper dosage guidelines. To be on the safe side, consult your veterinarian beforehand. If symptoms persist, bring your dog to a clinic immediately.

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Kim January 20, 2015

We have a 5 pound Yorkie who has not been feeling good and acting a bit strange. We had him to the vet for two different blood tests. The first test brought us to the second test for Addison disease. Because his electrolytes are low, we want to give him the Pedialyte for humans but we’re unsure how much to give him. Do you go by the amount prescribed for infants or less? How do you administer it, eye dropper? Any help would be appreciated.

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Peter June 25, 2015

Start with 1/3 of the children dose. This is 2/3 water and 1/3 electrolyte. If he does not get better use 1/2 dose. This would be 1/2 water and 1/2 electrolyte.

Make it easy on you and your Yorkie. Fill a bottle with an eye dropper and then let him sit on the table. Put your arm around him and hold his head gently. Open his jaw and apply the eye dropper in his mouth. I position the dropper towards the throat, not at the front of the mouth. If he is scared just talk to him gently. My Yorkie peps up within an hour and starts to run around. Good luck!

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Joshua December 31, 2014

I use Pedialyte when my dog has the runs. She is a 12 pound mini Pinscher. I do about a teaspoon of Pepto in a syringe and about 2 tablespoons of Pedialyte in a baby syringe. My sister is a vet tech and after talking to her boss, he uses similar methods for dogs with Parvo. It can only help when your dog isn’t feeling to well!

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Ann October 12, 2014

My diabetic dog has diarrhea after insulin and food. Can I give Kaopectate or Pepto? The vet is closed today and tomorrow. His glucose is fine. He acts okay, less energy. He eats and drinks.

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Megan January 2, 2015

Local pet stores should carry several brands of anti-diarrhea medicine for dogs and puppies. They are usually open on days vets are closed.

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Jack October 7, 2014

I have a 12-pound Silkie-Terrier. He is almost 13 years old. 2 days ago he was around lots of dogs at a park, the first time in all these years he’s been around a bunch of dogs like that. And of course wouldn’t you know it – one of the puppies there was a sickly-looking skinny Poodle. About 18 hours later, I woke up to him throwing up several times, what looked like bile along with the dogie treat I gave him before we went to bed. A few hours later I discovered a decent sized pool of liquid-thick diarrhea on the hardwood floor.

He is drinking a whole lot, which is very important – but he won’t eat well. I couldn’t get him to eat anything yesterday except one hot dog bun and that was after wetting his appetite with the smallest smear of butter. Then today he ate a tiny bit of peanut butter (not the best thing I know!) but better than nothing I thought. I have yet to see him eat anymore of the bread.

He hasn’t thrown up since yesterday that I can see. But the diarrhea is still happening, and is quite severe, a pale brown close to absolute liquid. I did notice 5 long strands of grass, each protruding and each were in need of my gentle assistance in being removed completely.

That’s the situation. I’m going out now to get some Imodium. I read vets say it’s 100% okay, at .5/1 mg per dog pound, so I’m going to give him 1mg. And I’ll find some Pedialyte and give it to him with a 50/50 water mix.

I’m concerned what he could have gotten from that skinny looking dog. He has always had a sensitive stomach but without savings and on disability going to the vet would have to be a by-payments method. I haven’t taken him to a vet in the last 12 years. He’s been pretty healthy since then.

My questions are:
What could he have picked up from the sickly-skinny puppy, and does it sound like a germ or rather an upset stomach? He is drinking like a champ! Every few hours he drinks a ton of water and he keeps the water down. But he won’t touch any of the cooked chicken or salami that he usually can’t resist. That’s his regular food, and it does not smell bad or look spoiled. I made it all around 4-5 days ago and it’s kept in a closed container in a very cold fridge.

Anyone have any ideas or advice? I know small dogs are in a way like tiny children or babies in that they can be running and walking around all good and fine but have the ability to go downhill very quickly. So I am highly concerned. Thanks for any advice.

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Kellee November 25, 2014

I’m concerned about all of the things you are trying to give your dog. I would definitely not be giving him bread with butter, peanut butter or salami. If he’s old and sick already, those high fat items could make him worse. Boiled chicken is okay. Totally plain scrambled eggs made without butter, oil, salt, pepper, etc. are very easy for them to digest. Mashed sweet potato is good for them, too. It’s the same story – cook, mash, nothing added and make sure it is really a sweet potato. Pumpkin puree can help with the poops, just make sure you get 100% pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie filling. All of that stuff is gentle on the tummy. Butter? Salami? No!

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Lorraine January 17, 2015

Please take your dog to the vet.

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Moriah Mckinley July 30, 2014

I have 2 Pomeranians and 1 Pit Bull. The Pitbull is one year up to date on everything and is not due until January 2015. My youngest Pomeranian is 11 weeks and she had her first set of shots. She isn’t due for her second until August 10 and my other pom is 4 months and goes for his boosters august 10.

They all have been experiencing diarrhea and vomiting lately. I talked to my vet and they said it is very possible that they could become affected with Parvo even if vaccinated. The Pitbull has no diarrhea but is spitting up thick clear mucus. My youngest Pomeranian has diarrhea and my 4 month pom has watery puke with bits of his food in there as well. Could I give them Pedialyte to stop the puking and diarrhea? Help, these are my babies.

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Jo June 23, 2015

All 3 need to see a vet as soon as possible.

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