We live in Texas & it's very hot I was wondering if I could give my bullmastiff a pedialyte so he wont dehydrate.
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Fill a kiddie pool with water. He can sit in it and drink - ahhhhhh.
That feels better than panting. I would never feed pedialyte without checking with the Vet first.
Pepper answered on 6/19/10. Helpful? / 0
You could also take a clean spray bottle and fill it with water and spray his legs and feet and spray it in his mouth as well. Max loves it when we spray water in his mouth, LOL.
Ice cubes with a few treats or canned dog food frozen into them are another good way to get your dog hydrated.
You could also set up a sprinkle if you have a yard and play with him in it, and maybe he will drink from it?
I have read that pedialyte has artificail sweetner which is not good for dogs. I do know that when dogs are sick and dehydrated vets will occassionally prescribe it, but only for the above mentioned reasons. Apparently, it isn't advised to give to a healthy dog.
I lived in South Texas for many years. We now live in Oklahoma and the weather is still miserably hot. My oldest dog Hector, (lived with me in Tx too) did just fine on water alone. He is quite active, even for his age. He was 130 lbs at his largest, but still water kept him plenty hydrated.
You can get a small kiddie pool and keep it full of water. It stays cooler longer than using a pan or bucket. Large dogs tend to drink alot of water and this will ensure your mastiff has plenty of water at all times. If he gets hot, he may even lay in it. 2 of my 4 dogs still do that if they go out when it is hot.
So stick with water, it is safer with no worries that you might make your beautiful dog sick.
Hector answered on 6/19/10. Helpful? / 0
I'm with Hector, I would not give this to a healthy dog. You can actually end up overdosing them on salts and sugars by accident if they aren't truly dehydrated.
As long as Chief has access to shade (or better yet air conditioning inside) and plenty of cool water (try putting some ice cubes in the bowl for him to get interested in) then he should be ok.
If Chief has a medical condition or is older and has reasons why he might not be able to tolerate the heat, then definitely talk to your vet about how you can keep him cool for his particular conditions.
I would also second the kiddie pool idea. We got one last year during a heat spell and the dogs played in it and it really cooled them down quite a bit. We even stood in it with them and it helped us! LOL.
I would NOT, however, spray water on. Most dogs take this as a punishment and don't like the feeling of water being sprayed at them. And the LAST thing you want now is for him to be afraid of water!
Jack answered on 6/20/10. Helpful? / 0
I highly recommend you do not do that.
If it is so hot, fill a kiddie pool with water so he can be nice and cool, he can also drink and sit in the water at the same time.
How about a bowl of ice cold water? I give my dog's ice cold water in the Summer and it keeps them from getting hot.
Of course, you should never leave your dog outside in extreme temperatures.
Does your dog have a shady dog house? Build a shady area or put a tarp over a table or something to give the dog some shade.
Fill a Kong up and freeze it, then give it to your dog to cool down. You can buy the Kong on their website or at your pet store.
Please do brush your dog everyday. Brushing your dog is good for both you and your dog. Brushing your dog can also be good for cooling down.
Howard answered on 6/20/10. Helpful? / 0
We live in Texas and we do not keep our dogs out all the time at all, but even with a little bit of this awful heat and heat with humidity our vet recommends a syringe of pedialyte if he appears too hot to prevent dehydration or to bring their appetite back.My vet is a very good vet and I trust her completely.And my dogs are doing fine.We got the syringe for liquids from the vet.Use the clear.
(oral electrolyte maintenance solution)
My Precious Angel Aregon answered on 3/9/13. Helpful? / 0