Is Pedialyte Safe for Dogs?

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February 13, 2011

I have a dog I am treating for parvo under the care of a veterinarian. The vet prescribed Rebound, but the dog hates it. Has anyone ever used Pedialyte for children? Is it safe for dogs? My pup is recovering slowly and getting more spunky each day making it difficult to get the Rebound in him.

CB from NY


Pedialyte for Dogs

My dog contracted parvo, and an eighth cup of Pedialyte given every 3-4 hours saved her. All they need, essentially, is liquid and nutrient retention. Pedialyte not only is safe for canines, but they will often readily drink it (I found the orange and clear most successful). If your pooch is too weak to drink, take a dropper or spoon, pull the lip from away from the teeth (at the corner), and drop it in. Then hold the mouth closed so it has to be swallowed (a natural reaction). My dog went from extremely lethargic to normal within a few weeks. (08/26/2006)


By Tara

Pedialyte for Dogs

I don't know if your dog will drink this, but here's the recipe for making your own Pedialyte:

Mix all in 1 liter of boiled clean water:

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. potassium salt (this is Morton Lite Salt or salt substitute)

For children's taste you can add:
3 tsp. sugar (or flavored Kool-aid, not sugar free, unless the child has diarrhea, because sugar can make it worse.) (08/26/2006)

By Cyinda

Pedialyte for Dogs

I wouldn't give the dog anything until I contacted my vet and asked them. The vet should be aware of everything that is going on with the dog, especially now. You need to tell them that the dog hates the stuff that they prescribed. (08/28/2006)

By Robin

Pedialyte for Dogs

My granddaughter has a dog who had parvo at 5 weeks. I researched the web and this is what I did. I gave it 1000mg vitamin C every 4 hours, an antibiotic, and chicken broth with rice cereal in it. When I started this routine the puppy was foaming at the mouth and had bloody stools. It took 4 days to heal him. He is healthy today. He is 2 yrs old. Hope this helps. (08/28/2006)


By juanita warden

Pedialyte for Dogs

Pedialyte and a squirt bottle. My dog survived parvo this way. Blowing in your friend's face much like you can do with a child to swallow works well too. And it seems not to be as intimidating as holding their mouth shut may be. Also please know that your vet can in addition to meds make a "cocktail" of meds and other things and administer into the nape of your friend's neck. This is hard to watch and your friend will not like this, however it's less costly and can start working immediately. Also another displeasurable process for meds is: to place the meds at the back or deep in the sides of their mouth using a squirt bottle and blowing slightly into the face will get that much needed medicine down.
Aragon is 2 now. (10/14/2007)

By Anna

RE: Pedialyte for Dogs

Pedialyte for Dogs

Although not a vet, I do not believe that giving a dehydrated dog chicken broth is a wise idea for various reasons. Yes, in theory the protein in the broth would be good for the sick pup, but the positive effects of protein is outweighed by the negative effect of sodium in the broth. Even the low sodium broth may actually increase the dehydration of the dog.


With a high sodium load in the intestines of the dog, the natural response to digestion is to equalize the gradient. Therefore, the dog's body will actually flush the bowel with water. This may lead to greater dehydration. (04/07/2008)

By Chris

Pedialyte for Dogs

Yes my vet told me to give my 10 month old pup Pedialyte so she doesn't get dehydrated, but you should call a vet to see about the proper dose your dog will need and how often. Every dog doesn't weigh the same or need as much as others. Mine weighs 80 lbs and I have to give her 3/4 of a cup every half an hour. (06/01/2008)

By stephanie

Pedialyte for Dogs

There is lots of artificial stuff in Pedialyte. Plus, I have never had much luck in getting my dogs to take any. However, my local pet store told me that COOL PET Holistic makes recovery formulas that are very popular there and similar to Pedialyte, but without the artificial flavors, sweeteners, and colors. I bought a bottle and it worked like a champ! The diarrhea and all was gone in a day and his appetite was back too. (01/05/2011)


By Dave Roberts

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