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Can you give a dog gatorade

Can you give a dog gatorade


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Can you give a dog gatorade?

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I have seen people do that, but it is only a last resort (not the answer to any real questions, just the last resort of "what can I do" when your dog is in danger)

The problem is that the salt in the gatorade (and other electrolytes like water) can dilute the blood in your dog and cause a drop in the blood pressure, so it is not recommended for dogs. It would probably do the same thing if you give your dog any drink (water, electrolytes) that contns too much salt.

So I would advise to let them drink water or the normal drinking water and not do anything else.

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Dogs can't process and excrete salt. This is the reason why they drink salt water in captivity: It's the only way to prevent them from getting dehydrated, which would be fatal.

Your dog could drink a mixture of water, regular drinking water and salt, but in a ratio where the salt concentration is less than 1g/L (about 1 teaspoon per 1 liter). This can cause a sudden rise in blood pressure, and should only be done as a last resort. The salt is not harmful for your dog if it is diluted in a large enough quantity of water, but it's important to get the blood pressure under control before continuing.

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Yes, you can. It should only be used as a last resort. What I've seen people do is to mix a small amount of the solution with a tablespoon of salt for their dogs. I do not recommend doing this for more than a few days. My concern is that the salt will cause your dog's blood pressure to rise. Even if your dog is fine for a few days, it could cause problems later.

As @L.Dutch says, it's the salt that's the problem. If you really can't get your dog to drink salt water, a teaspoon of baking soda will do the same thing, and is cheaper and easier.


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