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Can Dogs Drink Gatorade & Is It Safe?

Can Dogs Drink Gatorade & Is It Safe?

Hydration for dogs is just as important for you as it is for your dog. When we lose vital minerals during exercise no amount of water will be able to replenish what has been lost. Gatorade is known to replenish electrolytes and contains sodium and potassium which helps if you have lost fluids quickly over a short period of time.

The question remains can your dog drink Gatorade.The quick answer to this question is yes.

Gatorade for dogs can be given in small amounts. Here are some general symptoms your dog can display when they are dehydrated according to AKC. If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, we highly advise you reach out to your vet. We aren’t a substitute for professional veterinarian help.

  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting with or without diarrhea
  • Reduced Energy Levels and lethargy
  • Panting
  • Sunken, Dry looking eyes
  • Dry Nose
  • Dry Sticky Gums
  • Thick Saliva

Gatorade can also be used after your dog loses fluids from their hind quarters. Since Gatorade contains sugar and sodium you will need to take caution when giving your dog Gatorade. There are also other alternatives like Pedialyte that has less sugar, but it isn’t always readily available. It should also be noted that while Pedialyte has less sugar but it has more sodium and potassium. Before you give anything to your dog talk with a vet first.


Instructions On How To Give Your Dog Gatorade

  1. Introduce it slowly and you will want to dilute it with water.

This will help reduce the sugar and sodium content within the sports drink. This is easier than trying to give your dog a few small sips at a time. It should also be noted that when you are giving your dog water and they are dehydrated it can be hard for them to keep the water down. Have around a 50% mixture of both water and Gatorade and don’t fill up their dog bowl fully as this can upset their stomachs which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

You can also freeze Gatorade for dogs and let it thaw out overtime in their water bowl.

  1. Moderation is Key

Remember moderation is the most important aspect when you are giving them Gatorade. You shouldn’t give your dog a sports drink every day. This only should be done if you feel that your dog is getting dehydrated or has diarrhea. This applies to all sport drinks and isn’t solely for Gatorade.

  1. Contact your vet

Before you give your dog anything new asking a vet is the quickest and most reliable source for information. If your dog was experiencing digestive issues while Gatorade can help in the short term it might be a long-term illness affecting your pooch. While we can’t diagnose that issue a vet can.

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Comments 7
  • Maria Calderon
    Maria Calderon

    My Yorkie has digestive issues. Right now he has had diarrhea. And last night he started with bloody diarrhea. I just got him Gatorade Frost Crisp and Cool. I have not fed him. Am I doing the right thing?

  • Jasmine

    My when my dog is not feeling well and having diarrhea I give Gatorade and crushed crackers. it help and been helping her when her stomach don’t feel well and settle her belly. But every dog is different 🙂

  • Jeni Bean
    Jeni Bean

    THANK YOU! Of course I am sitting here on a Sat. nite @ 9pm w/ my brand new puppy, who is illin! This may have saved him till Mon. when hopefully I can find a vet to take him in. So thank you for the fast answer ( it took 20min. & he perked up a bit). Then I read the rest of course. I am Forever grateful, I would lose it if I lost him! I know this is not replacement for a vet, but it should help till Mon. Thank You!!!!

  • Jazmin Pettigrew
    Jazmin Pettigrew

    What could my dogs eat

  • Katelyn Gasperd
    Katelyn Gasperd

    Can my small dogs eat or drink this or that or could not eat this or drink that

  • Evan Salinas
    Evan Salinas

    How much in fluid ounces

  • Robert Lawrence
    Robert Lawrence

    Very helpful. Although I should’ve looked up the answer first. Oops!

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