So you have found yourself with a sick dog and are wondering can I give my dog Pedialyte?
Below we are going to go into much detail about Pedialyte and Dogs answering the most commons questions asked including Is it Safe? Pedialyte Dosage in Dogs, When and How To Give Pedialyte in Dogs?
Can You Give A Dog Pedialyte? Is it Good For Them?
Yes, it is safe and good to give your dog Pedialyte to help replace those much-needed electrolytes and fluids. Fluid and electrolyte loss can come from diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, or just poor diet. Pedialyte is a great and easy way you can make your sweet dog feel better faster by replacing those minerals.
It is good to let your dog drink Pedialyte anytime you feel that they are dehydrated weather it is from being outside too long, diarrhea, vomiting or poor diet. Dosage for Pedialyte in dogs is usually weight based which we go into detail below.
What Is Pedialyte?
According to Wikipedia and Pedialyte’s own website, Pedialyte is a unique drink designed and made to replace the body with much-needed electrolytes such as Sodium, Potassion, and Zinc to help the body recover from sickness and dehydration.
What makes it special is its higher concentration of these electrolytes and much lower sugar concentration compared to traditional sports drinks such as Gatorade. This makes it a better choice to give to both humans and dogs when it comes to fluid replacement. The amount of sugar in Gatorade is actually just as high or higher than soda.
Pedialyte, unlike other popular sports drinks, does not contain sucrose which is known to draw fluid and electrolytes into the intestines causing further dehydration.
Below is the nutrition label of what is actually inside Pedialyte
As you can see Pedialyte is a generally healthy alternative to other drinks even water when it comes to hydrating your dog.
How Much Pedialyte For Dogs? Safe Adult Dosage
Although Pedialyte is not too dangerous for your dog it does contain sugar and electrolytes such as potassium which if given too much of could cause problems. So to make sure you are safely giving Pedialyte to your adult dog, let’s go over the typical dosage given to adult dogs.
You can safely give a dog about 10-15mL per Pound of Pedialyte. You can measure this out by using a syringe or measuring cup. Remember it doesn’t have to be super accurate but just get it as close as possible.
You can always give more Pedialyte depending on your dogs level of dehydration.
How Much Pedialyte For A 10Lb Dog?
Based on the measurements above I would say you could safely give a 10lb dog about 100 to 150mL of Pedialyte.
How Much Pedialyte For Puppy?
If you have decided that your puppy is dehydrated enough to give them Pedialyte it might be best to call your local Veterinarian to double check what is causing your puppy dehydration and probably see what they recommend.
Overall Pedialyte is safe for puppies as long as it is given in safe amounts. The best way to give puppies Pedialyte is by a syringe and over an hours time span so you don’t “Shock” their system all at once. You may want to even dilute the Pedialyte as well. You can safely give them about 10mL to 15mL of Pedialyte over the course of an hour.
How Much Pedialyte For A Dog With Parvo?
Parvo or Parvovirus is a potentially deadly virus that causes severe vomiting, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, and most importantly severe dehydration. It is usually a virus that is contracted by puppies from 6 to 12 weeks that have not been vaccinated. This is why it serious as small puppies are able to combat dehydration as well as adult dogs.
That’s why Pedialyte is important because of its ability to safely rehydrate dogs without any negative side effects.
So How Much Pedialyte Should You Give A Dog With Parvo?
Although the acceptable dose of Pedialyte in dogs is 10mL to 15mL, because of the seriousness of Parvo and the dehydration caused by it you could give them more than usual. I would start off at 15mL to 20mL of Pedialyte given slowly over an hour and maybe 3-4 times a day evenly spaced out.
Remember this is not Veterinarian advice and I would strongly consider consulting with your local Veterinarian if you think your dog has Parvo due to the seriousness of it.
Pedialyte For Dogs With Medical Diseases
You may be wondering if Pedialyte is good for dogs with medical conditions such as Kidney Disease, Bladder Stones, CHF, Diabetes, and Pancreatitis. Overall you can give your dog Pedialyte even if they have the above medical conditions.
Dog Kidney Disease –
A dog with Kidney Disease or CKD will experience dehydration more often than dogs without kidney disease. Giving Pedialyte to dogs with kidney disease can be beneficial if given in small amounts every so often. If your dog has advanced CKD then you may want to consult with your Veterinarian since it may be harder for them to get rid of excess Potassium compared to healthy dogs.
Dog Pancreatitis –
A dog with Pancreatitis will experience pain and vomiting due to the condition whether it is chronic or acute. Pedialyte is good for dogs with Pancreatitis since they can become dehydrated due to the hormone imbalance and vomiting. The extra electrolytes and minerals could help your dog get over their episode of Pancreatitis. As always consult with your local Veterinarian for further information about giving them Pedialyte.
Dog Bladder Stones –
A dog with bladder stones can have occasional drinks of Pedialyte but due to its high levels of sodium, you may not want to give them a lot of Pedialyte. Although this really depends on the cause of the bladder stones which can be caused by multiple things. You should probably talk to your Veterinarian in regards to Pedialyte for Dogs with Bladder Stones.
How To Give A Dog Pedialyte?
Now that you have learned a little bit about what Pedialyte is and how it is beneficial for your dog, you may be wondering how do I give my dog Pedialyte? There are several ways to give your dog Pedialyte. For adults, you can simply let your dog drink Pedialyte straight from their dog bowl.
For puppies, you may want to dilute the Pedialyte in 50% water prior to giving it to your dog. It is best to give puppies Pedialyte using a syringe over 1 hour to ensure that they don’t get too much too quickly which could cause their stomach to be upset.
In Short, Yes dogs can drink Pedialyte when they are dehydrated by almost any cause. It is best to give them it slowly over 1 hour and be sure to make sure they don’t have any bad reactions to it. Pedialyte makes for great electrolyte replacement in dogs and it is safe to give to most dogs.
I hope you learned something about Pedialyte For Dogs and Have a Good Day.