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Q: Pedialyte for cats and dogs?

January 25, 2009 | By AnimalLover4ever31 | 10 answers | Expired: 2139 days ago

AnimalLover4ever31

Can you give cats pedialyte to rehydrate them and make them feel better quickly? Or is there something specifc they have for them when they get sick and have diarrhea & are vomiting? My kittens recently got sick off of some Iams kitten food they ate and that was the result, I guess the food did not agree with them for some reason b/c it wasn't expired but it made them really sick I had to throw it out. I did not want to give it away and take a chance of getting any other animals sick. They are all better now and back to there old selfs, but for fututre reference I would like to know.

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EddieWayne
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Jan 25, 2009

My vet recommends Pedalyte for rehydration of cats or kittens that need help. I usually keep a bottle of the unflavored type on hand as an emergency. The bottles are large however and I usually ended up wasting it until a friend mentioned she freezes it in an ice cube tray. That way she always has some on hand.

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Ric O.
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Jan 25, 2009

Our vet had us use this for hydration of a sick animal. The trick was getting it into her. She was not impressed with something in the liquid. We used a large syringe and four hands, a little at a time and often.

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Kristen H.
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Jan 25, 2009

You want to be careful with oral fluids when your animal is sick because many times if they are vomiting they will not keep fluids down either. When you bring a sick animal into a vet clinic they will usually do intravenous fluids or at least subcutaneous fluids so that they will take effect quicker and you don't have to worry about them vomiting it back up. Usually the fluids they use will have certain electrolytes that are generally lost when vomiting and diarrhea are present. Before you give your animal anything make sure to contact your vet. I don't know what all the electrolyte concentrations are in pedialyte but I wouldn't give it without talking to a professional.

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