Pedialyte is an advanced hydration solution formulated with the optimal balance of sugar and electrolytes needed to help replenish vital minerals, fluids, and nutrients, the loss of which can lead to dehydration. Pedialyte has been assisting people to recover from dehydration for more than 50 years.
The solution can be freely used for dogs when they face dehydration caused by various issues, as Pedialyte has no side-effects in relevant circumstances.
Several external and internal factors may cause dehydration in dogs. Dehydration happens when a body lacks the amount of water it needs and can be mild, moderate, or severe depending on how much fluid is missing.
Reasons for dehydration can be:
- Refusal to drink enough water
- Excessive heat
Symptoms that may indicate dehydration include:
- Refusal to eat or drink
- Sluggish and lethargic movement
- Hollowed eyes
- Dry skin, especially around eyes, nose, and mouth
Despite the fact that the solution was made for humans, dogs can drink Pedialyte to recover from dehydration and restore the healthy balance of electrolytes.
If you think your dog suffers from dehydration, you should visit or phone a vet for recommendations. If the veterinarian decides that the problem is dehydration, he may tell you to use Pedialyte.
You should give the solution to your dog orally in a bottle, with the help or syringe or mixed in his drinking bowl. There are two types of Pedialyte your dog can drink – flavored and unflavored. It is better to use the unflavored one as it contains no color agents which may not be favorable for dogs.
Dosage depends on the dog’s weight. Phone the vet to specify the exact dosage. Usually, dogs can take at least 15 ml for every pound of their body weight per day to maintain proper hydration levels. You can divide the dosage into 3-4 equally split amounts every day.
A good rule to follow is that small dogs can take 1/8 cups every hour, while larger dogs – 1/4 cups every hour. Avoid mixing the solution with other fluids other than water. Sugar additives may worsen the situation by drawing out more water from cells.
If the dehydration is moderate, dogs do not vomit in most cases, and Pedialyte can settle the problem. However, more severe cases require more comprehensive actions to return the water balance in the pet’s body. For this, you need to consult with the vet.
Giving Pedialyte is not recommended when a dog is not dehydrated. The solution must not be applied for prevention. If you provide the solution to a healthy pet, it can raise the sodium levels in the blood to dangerous levels.