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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Chiky July, 2013

My 11 week old Morkie is on his 3rd day Parvo IV treatment. He’s able to keep Pedialyte and baby food in but we have to springe or finger fed him. I’m hoping I will see a difference soon by the 5th day. Vets aren’t giving me real help but instead giving me the mortality rate.

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James July, 2013

What do you mean they are giving you the mortality rate? Are you serious? Please find another vet ASAP!

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Rebecca October, 2013

Help! My dog is a Morkie. I don’t know if he has parvovirus. He goes in to see a vet Thursday, that’s the earliest appointment they had. I’ve been giving him pedialyte and it seems to be working. He’s better today. What else can I do for him? I’m 8 months pregnant right now and I’m so emotional. I love this dog as if he was my baby.

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Josh October, 2013

It sounds to me your Morkie may have Gastritis if he’s up and around after the Pedialyte. I noticed in very small breeds their stomachs are super sensitive. My Chihuahua had similar symptoms and her intestines were acting up from human food she got a hold of.

Just keep her diet up with rice or cottage cheese for a few days to make sure she’ll hold it down OK. Hope this helps!

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Judy June, 2013

My Pitbull puppy has been acting sick. He hasn’t eaten for about two days but the second day I gave him Pedialyte and he vomited only once. Should I keep giving him Pedialyte and when should I take him to the vet? He has his second set of shots coming soon. Should I wait till then?

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James June, 2013

Judy, how is your dog now? What did the vet say? Please let us know. I hope your dog is okay.

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Debbie McDaniel June, 2013

Can I substitute a small amount of Gatorade for Pedialyte, until tomorrow? My English Bulldog/Pit Bull hasn’t eaten since yesterday. He has taken in about 7oz of water, twice. He ate an awful lot of pizza the day before yesterday, and threw up about 7 awful times. Then he got listless, tired and sick. He does not want anything to do with our food now. Poor baby. Lessons are learned by the whole family. No more sneaking him bites!

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Julie July, 2013

Pizza could be the problem. There are onions on most pizzas and onions can be poisonous. Dogs have difficulty digesting vegetables, too. Don’t ever give your dog chocolate, grapes, or raisins as these can be potentially fatal. Small amounts of Pedyalite is alright but be careful of the amount.

See your vet as the amount has to do with the weight of the animal. Be careful not to give it to him/her if eating/drinking something sweet. But always check with a vet before administering anything.

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James July, 2013

Great advice Julie. I hope to see more comments from you because it’s apparent you know what you’re talking about.

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Carol Coyer March, 2013

I have a 5-1/2 pound female Yorkie. She started having diarrhea recently. She expels about 1 tablespoon liquid stool about every 4 hours. I have been giving her Pedialyte (1 tsp every 3-4 hours).

Should I increase that amount? I removed food from her yesterday. Currently, I am snowed in and the roads are impassable, so cannot get to a vet. I have been giving her 1 tsp water per hour, via syringe.

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Earlie Girl August, 2013

Any responses to your question about your Yorkie? Mine is 15 years old and she started doing the same thing. This is the 3rd day. She will drink water now but I don’t want to give her too much at one time. Should I be giving her Pedialyte instead since she has lost so much electrolytes? She has always been there for me and my kids. Kids are grown now and gone off to college, etc. She’s lost her hearing and almost can’t see. I can’t put her down and I know if I take her to a vet that is what they will do. Please help!

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Sandra Amos November, 2012

My 2.5 pound Chihuahua wakes up choking, drooling and disoriented with loss of balance. She does not want to eat or drink water. Will Pedialyte help her?

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Debbie McDaniel June, 2013

It could save her life. I know, I’ve been through a grueling bout of “Parvo” with our Pitbull pup, back in 1988. A whole lot of love and a wonder-drug called PEDIALYTE! No one thought “Bud” had a chance!

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Sally October, 2014

Totally agree. Saved my puppy with Parvo giving syringes of pedialyte every hour for about a week and antibiotics from vet. But he had intestinal issues later on and saved him from that. Then heart valve disease, Addisons disease as well. He’s still kicking at 4 1/2 and I should have put him down with the Parvo. He has suffered much since. Just a thought. They are never ‘healthy’ after that.

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Tara June, 2013

My 3 pound Chihuahua puppy (we think she’s around 8 months) became lethargic, anxious, confused, disoriented, had a loss of balance and coordination, started excessively drooling, would blankly stare, and started pacing the perimeter of our apartment, along with other neurological issues developed over 3 days. The degree of severity varied, and not all symptoms occurred at once. She had suffered a Grand Mal Seizure 2 months ago, but recovered fully.

The vet put her on supplement to treat hypoglycemia and she was doing great until these symptoms gradually started. She quickly deteriorated and the vet ran a couple of simple blood tests which showed she has Hepatic (liver) shunt! Basically it means the liver is being bypassed and is not working, forcing kidneys to do all filtering in turn causing kidneys to now fail. Toxins are building up in body, causing seizures.

Unfortunately only surgery can cure this but can be managed medically with medicine and a special diet if caught early! Symptoms can be very subtle such as drooling, disorientation and loss of balance. You could save your pup’s life by doing simple blood test! It’s very scary but go to vet ASAP! Good Luck.

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James June, 2013

Tara do you have an update on your Chihuahua? I hope she’s doing better now. Please let us know.

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