Can I Give My Dog Pedialyte?

Can I Give My Dog Pedialyte?Your dog can get dehydrated and you might 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 in the system, but electrolytes as well, like potassium, sodium and chloride. When a dog becomes ill, there is a tendency for them to refuse liquid.

Dehydration usually takes place when there is insufficient fluid intake, diarrhea and continuous vomiting. 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. When there is an excessive loss of body fluid, dehydration takes place.

Aside from illness, an extremely hot or dry environment can trigger problems for your dog. An onset of dehydration is not something that can be taken lightly and can prove to be fatal if not treated immediately.

Can I give my dog Pedialyte? Answer: Yes

Pedialyte, though primarily made for human use, may also be used for dogs. It is one of the most effective treatments to rehydrate your pet. It’s very effective at reestablishing the fluids and electrolyte balance of the system. If you are wondering how much you should give to your dog, check the dosage chart provided assuming you’ve purchased a dog formulated version of the product. Keep in mind that the appropriate dosage depends on the body weight of your pet.

You can also use a 50/50 mixture of Pedialyte and water. However, avoid mixing the product with other fluids, especially those with sugar additives. This may only worsen your dog’s condition by drawing out more water from the cells.

Pedialyte Overview

Pedialyte is a type of electrolyte mixture primarily made for infants. This solution effectively helps to bring a balance of electrolytes and fluid to the system. It is mainly comprised of chloride, sodium and potassium. Pedialyte also contain carbohydrates, like dextrose.

There are a number of treatments for dehydration in dogs. This may involve natural or other types of over-the-counter medications. However, one of the most effective solutions available is Pedialyte. It is a very popular treatment for K9s.

Dog Dehydration Symptoms

As a responsible owner, you need to always stay alert when it comes to your dog’s well being. Dehydration is one of the most common ailments experienced by dogs. This is not something that you should take lightly. Listed below are the most common symptoms that you should watch out for:

  • Sunken eyes
  • Decreased elasticity of the skin
  • Dry nose, eyes and mouth
  • Abnormal panting
  • Slow refill time of the capillary. (You can use your finger as a remedy. Simply apply 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 telltale symptoms, use Pedialyte as a remedy if you can’t consult with a vet. Be sure to apply the appropriate dosage.

Dog Dehydration Causes

Dog dehydration occurs when there is excess loss of fluid in the system. 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 extreme exposure to heat

As you can see, dehydration can be the result of a more serious underlying problem. Your dog may be suffering from any number 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 for them please consider reaching out for professional help.

Dehydration Treatment

A mild case of dehydration is usually when you do not observe your dog vomiting. This can be easily remedied with the help of Pedialyte which can be given orally, either by medicine syringe or bottle. You can buy over the counter products to treat such cases at your local drug store.

A severe case of dehydration is another story. This is a time when your dog usually refuses to eat, drink and starts to act lethargic. If such symptoms persist, call for professional help and schedule an appointment.

Treatment generally involves replacement of fluids to prevent further loss. Application of IV fluids is likely vital in this case. The veterinarian may require temporary confinement of your dog, at the clinic, for constant monitoring until they are clearly recovering.

Is it Safe to Use & Conclusion

Yes, you can give your dog Pedialyte. Though it is primarily made for human consumption, it is known to be generally safe to use for animals. If you notice dehydration symptoms in your dog, you can provide Pedialyte as treatment. However, observe proper caution when using it. To be on the safe side, consult your veterinarian regarding the right dosage. If symptoms persist, bring your dog to the clinic immediately.

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Sandra Amos November 16, 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?


Kandi Sowle May 15, 2013

My 3-pound Chihuahua was throwing up about three days ago and has had diarrhea ever since. What should I do?


Teresa May 21, 2014

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

Debbie McDaniel June 1, 2013



Tara June 9, 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.


James June 19, 2013

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

Carol Coyer March 24, 2013

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).


EarlieGirl August 22, 2013

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!


Debbie McDaniel June 1, 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 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 4, 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 4, 2013

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

Judy June 6, 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 up on the 9th. Should I wait till then?


James June 21, 2013

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.


Chiky July 5, 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 5, 2013

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


Rebecca October 22, 2013 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.


Josh October 24, 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!


Regina July 9, 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.


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