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Can Dogs Drink Pedialyte?

Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Pedialyte can help dogs with dehydration, but there's a great natural alternative.

Pedialyte can help dogs with dehydration, but there's a great natural alternative.

Why Give a Dog Pedialyte?

Pedialyte is a supplement that some veterinarians will prescribe for dogs with dehydration secondary to vomiting or chronic diarrhea. It is mainly saline, or salt water, but also contains potassium and some artificial colors and flavors.

Dogs can drink Pedialyte just fine, but may not like the flavor if they are already sick. There are some concerns about a dog drinking too much Pedialyte since it contains so much sodium, but as long as your pet has access to normal water it is not much of a problem.

Pedialyte Alternatives

If you are concerned about providing fluids and electrolytes to your dog but are concerned about using a commercial product like Pedialyte, coconut water is an excellent alternative. Coconut water contains all of the chemicals that a dog needs to rehydrate after vomiting or diarrhea (1), a lot of micronutrients that are not in Pedialyte, and in my experience is very well accepted by dogs.

(There is some concern that coconut water can be overconsumed in humans since it contains more potassium than sodium, but this has never been reported in dogs.)

Sources:

  1. Yong, J. W., Ge, L., Ng, Y. F., & Tan, S. N. (2009). The chemical composition and biological properties of coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) water. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 14(12), 5144–5164. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6255029/

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.