Pedialyte is an oral electrolyte replenishing solution widely recommended to treat dehydration in children and adults. But, should you consider Pedialyte for dogs dehydration too? Yes, the oral electrolytes and glucose (sugar) found in Pedialyte can relief the signs of dehydration in dogs. Keep reading to learn how and when you should give Pedialyte to your dog.
When should I give Pedialyte to my dog?
Dogs may become dehydrated due to several reasons including vigorous exercise, spending a significant amount in the sun, indigestion, diabetes, food poisoning, infectious disease, among others.
You can use Pedialyte to relief the dehydration caused by physical activity or heat. It may also help in cases of mild diarrhea caused by indigestion. If your dog is vomiting or presents a profuse, watery, and foul-smelling diarrhea, you should seek immediate veterinary assistance. However, administering Pedialyte in the meantime can be substantially beneficial to your dog. Keep in mind that oral electrolytes are not a feasible choice to treat the dehydration caused by vomiting because these will not be absorbed (the dog will vomit the ingested fluids).
Severe cases of dehydration and cases involving vomiting require hospitalization and intravenous electrolyte administration. Look for the following signs to recognize if your dog is dehydrated.
Signs of dehydration in dogs
- Sunken eyes
- Dry nose
- Less skin elasticity
- Pale gums
- Dry nose
- Dry eyes
Common causes of dehydration in dogs
- Diet changes
- Food intolerance
- Intestinal parasites
- Food poisoning
- Bacterial infection
- Viral infection
How much Pedialyte should I give to my dog?
Consider giving your dog 2 to 4 ml of Pedialyte per pound of body weight. For example, if your dog weighs approximately 15 pounds you would give him/her 30 to 60 mL of Pedialyte. This dose may be repeated every 12 hours for a couple of days or until the signs of dehydration resolve. In addition to Pedialyte, make sure that your dog has access to plenty of fresh water. If your dog’s condition worsens or he/she becomes weak, has severe diarrhea or starts vomiting, you should take him/her to the veterinarian immediately.
If your dog doesn’t drink the Pedialyte voluntarily, you can use a syringe to administer the fluids orally. Give the solution slowly and carefully.
You may also mix Pedialyte with water in a 50:50 proportion and let your dog drink it from a bowl.
Can I give my dog flavored Pedialyte?
Yes, flavored Pedialyte is a safe option for dogs who may not be interested in the unflavored solution.
When should I seek medical attention?
A dog’s health condition may worsen rapidly. Therefore, any sign of disease should be considered serious. If your dog has a mild dehydration, it should resolve within 24 hours of receiving Pedialyte. Mild cases of diarrhea should also show improvement within the first hours. If your dog keeps having diarrhea or seems to be weak, apathetic, and does not want to eat, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Some signs of severe disease in dogs are
- Frequent watery diarrhea
- black and tarry feces
- Foul smelling feces
- Bloody diarrhea
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of interest in food