Gatorade is a popular drink that is often advertised as a thirst quencher, but should you give it to your dog?
You may be tempted to give your dog a bowl of Gatorade if he’s dehydrated, however, you should never give your dog anything unless you know it’s okay for it to consume.
Is Gatorade is okay for your dog to drink and if not, what is a healthy, dog-friendly alternative? We are going to answer both of those questions in this article.
Because it includes electrolytes, Gatorade is frequently advertised as a thirst quencher, but should you offer it to your dogs? The answer isn’t so simple.
Why? Let me explain.
Can Dogs Drink Gatorade?
Can dogs drink Gatorade (or Powerade)? Although the drink does contain electrolytes, the answer is yes, but it isn’t healthy. Here’s why.
Although Gatorade isn’t necessarily poisonous to dogs, it isn’t healthy for them either. Gatorade is packed with sugar which your dog shouldn’t consume a lot of.
Dog’s should consume sugar free Gatorade either. Why? Well, sugar-free Gatorade contains a sugar alternative called sucralose which is not poisonous but can cause your dog to have diarrhea if you’re not careful.
You also have to consider the fact that Gatorade also has a fair amount of sodium, which if you don’t think your dog should have much of, this may be another reason to avoid gatorade.
Health Alternatives to Gatorade
If your dog is dehydrated, try giving it some water. Water should do the trick unless the dog is moderately or severely dehydrated. If that is the case, please take your dog to the vet.
You could also give your dog some electrolyte water or even a small amount of coconut water if you wish; they are both fairly rich in electrolytes.
Coconut water isn’t the best choice, however, as it doesn’t contain a healthy balance of electrolytes, but it won’t hurt if your dog has an ounce every now and then.
Gatorade isn’t toxic to dogs, however, it isn’t healthy for them either.
Gatorade contains a lot of sugar which dogs shouldn’t consume too much of.
It’s not the end of the world if your spill some Gatorade and your dog starts licking it off the floor, they just shouldn’t drink a lot of it.
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