Can I Give My Dog?

Can I Give My Dog Pedialyte?

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

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

While there are a number of treatment options for dehydration in dogs, 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 very popular treatment for K9s.

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. However, it’s one of the most effective treatments to rehydrate your pet. It’s effective for reestablishing the fluids and electrolyte balance. It’s mainly comprised of chloride, sodium and potassium. Pedialyte also contains carbohydrates, like 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 it with any other fluids, especially those with sugar additives. Such chemical additives may only worsen the 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 the gums of your dog. 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 these symptoms, use Pedialyte as a remedy if you can’t consult a vet. Be sure to apply the appropriate dosage.

Dog Dehydration Causes

Dog dehydration occurs when there’s excess loss of fluid. Aside from illness, an extremely hot or dry environment can trigger this type of problem for your dog. Other common causes of dehydration are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Severe cases of diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Diabetes
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Kidney disease
  • Excess panting and drooling resulting from any number of factors.

As you can see, 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 the veterinarian may be required.

Persistent dehydration is a concern and if Pedialyte isn’t working consider reaching 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. You can purchase over-the-counter products to treat such cases at your local drug store.

A severe case of dehydration is another story. Maybe your dog refuses to eat, drink and starts to act lethargic. If such symptoms persist, call a vet and schedule an appointment. Generally treatment involves aggressive replacement of fluids to prevent further loss. Application of IV fluids is likely vital. The veterinarian may require temporary confinement of your dog, at the clinic, 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. Use 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 the clinic immediately.

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34 thoughts on “Can I Give My Dog Pedialyte?

  1. Sandra Amos

    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?

      1. Teresa

        I would get your dog checked. To me it sounds just like Parvovirus which is a very deadly disease.

    1. Debbie McDaniel


    2. Tara

      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.

  2. Carol Coyer

    I have a 5-1/2 pound female Yorkie. She started having diarrhea Wednesday night. 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 (Saturday). 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).

    1. EarlieGirl

      Any responses to your question about your Yorkie. Mine is 15 years old. She started doing the same thing. This is the 3rd day. She will drink water now. 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 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!

  3. Debbie McDaniel

    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 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!

    1. Julie

      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.

      1. James Post author

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

  4. Judy

    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 up on the 9th. Should I wait till then?

    1. James Post author

      Judy, how is your dog now? Sorry I didn’t see this post until just recently. What did the vet say? Please let us know. I hope your dog is ok.

  5. Chiky

    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.

    1. Rebecca

      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. Please someone help me.

    2. Josh

      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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