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can i give my cat pedialyte in his water to help with hydr

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can i give my cat pedialyte in his water to help with hydration.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.

Hi Julie,

 

Yes, pedialyte given orally can help with dehydration as it will replenish both water and electrolytes. Even something like Gatorade can be given as it will have a lot of the same benefits.

 

The best rehydration is IV fluids, next is fluids under the skin (subcutaneously) and then oral. The best therapy, of course, is treating the underlying disease.

 

I hope this helps, best of luck.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
im already giving him pedialyte orally. can i put it in his water so he'll drink it that way too.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.

yeah you can put it in the water.

 

Why do you think your cat is so dehydrated?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
because he doesnt eat and your collegue told me to give him pedialyte.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.

Ok, well I would be more inclined to just let him drink plain water and warm up some canned food or baby food to entice him to eat. The plain water will correct his water deficit and the food/ pedialyte will help with his electrolyte imbalance.

 

If he's really that lethargic in the morning then I'd get him looked at by a vet to see what's going on and to see if he needs more specific therapy.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
how much longer do i give him the pedialyte for ? been giving every 10 minutes for an hour stop for two then repeat process since yesterday. he also still wants regular water and i am taking him to vet at 1:30 today sun.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.

You should only need to give the pedialyte every 4-6 hours and just do it until he is eating on his own. It's only a temporary transition from not eating to getting back on food- it's not meant to be a sole nutrition for any period of time.

 

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