Can I Give My Dog Pedialyte?

Can I Give My Dog Pedialyte?When your pet dog is refusing liquids then Pedialyte may be the answer. Water deficiency, or lack of electrolytes like potassium or sodium, could be quite serious for any canine.

Insufficient fluid intake, diarrhea and vomiting can contribute to dehydration. A fever could worsen the situation. Excessive loss of bodily fluids obviously leads to a dehydrated dog which brings us to Pedialyte.

While there are a number of other treatments, but Pedialyte can work very well to bring back a balance to your dog’s electrolytes and fluids. It’s probably the most effective and safest solution which makes it a popular choice.

Can I Give My Dog Some Pedialyte? Answer: Yes

Though primarily made for humans, it can also be given to pets when necessary.

Pedialyte is a replacement therapy that was designed for infants but is suitable for dogs. It contains important minerals including chloride, sodium and potassium. This electrolyte formula happens to be one of the best re-hydrating treatments around. Our oldest dog was sick last year and we discovered that he actually loves the raspberry-flavored Pedialyte.

Some Dosing Information

There are different Pedialyte products and some are already diluted so you do not need to mix the contents with water. In any case, exact dosing is open for debate but generally the appropriate amount depends on your dog’s body weight. A good rule of thumb is 1/4 of a cup of Pedialyte every hour or so but you may need to dilute it first.

Avoid mixing with other fluids, besides water, especially those with sugar additives since it may worsen your dog’s condition by drawing out more water from the cells. It may be necessary to use a syringe to ensure that your buddy consumes the amount they need to recover.

Signs of a Dehydrated Dog

Water makes up about 60% of your dog’s body weight and it greatly helps to dissolve food and eliminate toxins. You can see why dehydration is one of the most common ailments dogs experience. Don’t take it lightly!

Symptoms to watch out for include sunken eyes, decreased elasticity of the skin, abnormal panting as well as dry nose, eyes and mouth. If you notice your dog showing some of these symptoms, Pedialyte may be a remedy if you can’t consult a vet.

Reasons for Dehydration

Quite simply, dog dehydration occurs when there is excess loss of fluid. Aside from illness, an extremely hot or dry environment can trigger it especially when there’s insufficient fluid intake. Other causes of dehydration are fever, diarrhea, vomiting, diabetes, viral or bacterial infection, kidney disease, excessive panting or drooling.

In other words, it can be the result of a more serious underlying problem. Persistent dehydration is a concern and if Pedialyte isn’t working reach out for professional help. Your dog may be suffering from a variety of infections or diseases which is why a visit to a veterinarian is prudent.

Mild vs. Serious Cases

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 given orally, either by medicine syringe, bottle or their normal drinking bowl.

More serious cases involve aggressive replacement of fluids while preventing further losses. 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.

The application of IV fluids could be vital. A vet may require your dog to stay at their clinic overnight for monitoring until they’re clearly recovering.

Conclusion on Pedialyte

Canine dehydration isn’t to be taken lightly and can be fatal if not treated properly. Yes, you can and sometimes should give your dog Pedialyte. It is safe for animals. If your dog has symptoms of dehydration then Pedialyte is a good treatment option. Follow dosage guidelines and consider talking with your veterinarian beforehand. If symptoms persist, bring your dog to a clinic immediately.

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Judy March, 2016

We have an older dog and she has a big abscess near her bottom. We have given her antibiotics and she has lost so much weight. Today she hasn’t eaten anything so I have been given her pedialyte. We’re watching her closely. I even have to carry her today. I’m so worried about her.


Valeria March, 2016

My dog is 12 years old and recently lost his companion to cancer. He refuses to drink anything and we can’t afford a vet again. I’m really worried. Can I give my dog water and chicken broth or Pedialyte in a syringe? If so how often and how much?


April December, 2015

I went on a trip for 2 days and when I came back my dog was really sick. He won’t eat but he does drink a bit of water. When I came back from the trip he wouldn’t look me in the eyes. I fell really bad. What can I do?


Vicky August, 2015

My 18 pound Dachshund threw up her food from this morning’s breakfast. It looked undigested. The dog has since thrown up 2 more times. She’s drinking a lot of water but still acts lethargic. Should I give Pedialyte and if so how much? Alternatively, should I just try to treat her for upset stomach?


Karen July, 2015

I have a 6 month old German Shepherd. He’s been throwing up and has had diarrhea for 24 hours now. Can I give him Pedialyte?


Kim January, 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.


Peter June, 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!


Joshua December, 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!


Ann October, 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.


Megan January, 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.


Jack October, 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.


Kellee November, 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!


Lorraine January, 2015

Please take your dog to the vet.


Moriah July, 2014

I have 2 Pomeranians and 1 Pit Bull. The Pit 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? Please help! These are my babies.


Jo June, 2015

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


Angela February, 2014

I have a 6 1/2 year old Cairn Terrier. He weighs 25 pounds and he has had very loose stools for the last 2 days. Can I give him Pedialyte and see what happens and if so how much do I give him?


Joshua January, 2015

It won’t hurt him and it will prevent dehydration. I use a baby syringe dropper. At 25 pounds, probably use a full dropper. If my dog gets runs, I use a little Pepto and Pedialyte.


Sarah January, 2014

My 11 year old Pug is a newly diagnosed diabetic with diabetic ketoacidosis. He’s been in the hospital since Tuesday and is on 1-2 units of insulin BID. We had to bring him today due to inclement weather and financial concerns. Is it okay to give him Pedialyte since there is no glucose in it? I didn’t ask my vet before the clinic closed. He also has a UTI and is on a cephalosporin.


Julie December, 2013

I cannot get my almost 10 year old female retriever mix to eat since Christmas. I have tried soft foods, hard foods mixed but nothing works. I did get her to eat a few dog biscuits but she won’t eat those now. She is drinking on her own but not often. She does urinate, has not thrown up, but does have diarrhea. I can’t see a vet right now. What can I do for her between now and then so she does not get dehydrated? She is losing weight quickly.


Felix August, 2013

I have a 12 year old Akita/Border Collie mix. We just came back from camping Sunday and he seemed fine. On Tuesday, I noticed that he didn’t want to eat all his food and he has always been a good eater. About 1 hour later, he vomited about 4 times.

Since then he has not wanted to eat and he does not drink as much water as he usually does. I tried giving him bread last night and he ate it but threw it up about an hour later. What should I do?


James August, 2013

Felix if your dog’s symptoms do not improve within 24 hours you should visit your vet. Keep the dog under close observation and if the condition worsens visit a veterinarian immediately. It seems he was exposed to something over the weekend.


Pat Shields August, 2013

My rescue Dog, Buddy, is a Terrier mix who weighs 26 pounds, approximately 11 years old and is blind. In the last 2 weeks he has been drinking an excessive amount of water even during the night and urinating often. I live in Miami, Florida and attributed it to the heat 90+ degrees. In the last week he had 2 episodes of collapse/sort of seizure like that lasted about a few minutes while on short walks. He also starts the walks out panting, which he has never done.

This morning he got up from his kennel walked a few feet and collapsed again this time losing control of the bladder. The event lasted the same amount of time but he was lethargic about getting up and around. Blood work was done after the first episode and the only thing found was a slightly lowered level of kidney function. The vet suggested low protein food which I have tried for 3 days. I believe that he becomes dehydrated. I am going to try Pedialyte. Do you have any suggestions?


Anonymous September, 2013

Go see the vet and do a half and half, Pedialyte and water mix.


Claudette August, 2013

My toy poodle has not eaten from Wednesday night. I went to the vet yesterday. He had fever and was still not eating. The vet gave him 4 injections, and a formula to take 1/2 hour before eating to protect the stomach. Well he got the that twice and still has not eaten. The doctor said to give him Ensure. Today he threw up everything even the water he drank, 3 to 4 times!

Then I went online and Abby’s recommended Pedialyte. I ran out and got it, and gave it to him twice already in a syringe, 6ml each. Earlier, I also gave him 1/2 a dose of vitamins, 1cc that stayed down. He is resting comfortably and I hope all stays down so he can get chicken broth with rice tomorrow. Can anyone tell me how long it takes to dissolve in the stomach? I don’t want to overfill his stomach.

Is it safe for him to get liquids during the night, or 2 or 3 in the morning? He is very weak and can hardly walk, but he’s hanging in there! In June, he got a sickness and was recuperating fine.


James August, 2013

If you don’t see an improvement in the next 24 hours I would return to the vet Monday morning. I hope he regains his strength by the time you wake up on Sunday!


Robert Uberti August, 2013

The most important thing is fluid for a dog. Just like humans, they can go longer without food than fluids. Leave some food next to their water as well. For fluid, give them Pedialyte and your friend will be alright. Good luck and let me know how he’s doing, will pray for you both.


Regina July, 2013

I have an 8 year old, very stubborn, German Shepard. For some reason in the last few years, he has become fearful of his water bowl. I cannot think of any incident that caused this. He has always been a little skittish about water bowls, but water from puddles, lakes, snow, glasses, and anything else that would not conveniently hold daily water for a dog is fine.

We have tried dozens of different bowls and we have one now he will use, but he still isn’t drinking enough. I’ve noticed a change in his urine since the snow and rainy season is over. Can Pedialyte be a daily, long term treatment? If he isn’t going to cooperate with drinking enough water, I need to find a way for him to get more out of the water he drinks.


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.


James July, 2013

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


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.


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!


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?


James June, 2013

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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!


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?


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!


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.


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 a vet ASAP! Good Luck.


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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