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No, dogs cannot drink Powerade. The product contains additives, sugar and sodium that can cause your dog harm. You need not worry about your dog taking a sip or two of your Powerade. However, the safest liquid you can offer your dog is water.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Best to avoid
Nutritional Issues High sodium and sugar content
Potential Risks Obesity and diabetes
Symptoms Upset stomach, diarrhea, abdominal pain
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Why is Powerade Harmful to Dogs?

Sugar and salt (Sodium) are the two main ingredients in Powerade and the reason to avoid giving it to your dog. The nutrients in one bottle of Powerade1 may benefit humans, but that isn’t the case for dogs.

In fact, Powerade contains much more than the safe amount of sodium recommended for dogs. Consuming a lot of sodium can cause dogs sodium poisoning.

Powerade also contains excessive amounts of sugar, regular consumption of which can cause dental issues, diabetes and other serious problems.

What Can You Offer Dogs to Keep Them Well-Hydrated?

Oranges, cucumbers, and watermelons are all high in water. You can incorporate them in your dog’s diet in moderation to always keep them well-hydrated.

TIP: If you are on a hike with your dog and they are panting too much, a sip or two of your Powerade will not cause them harm. However, any more than that is best avoided. So, carry an extra bottle of water for your dog if you are off to a place where clean water is not accessible easily.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, dogs cannot drink Powerade Zero. Although a small slurp won’t hurt, it can still cause your dog harm if consumed regularly or excessively.

  • No, you should avoid giving your dog any kind of sports drink. The best drink to keep your dog hydrated is water.

  • You can offer your dog different kinds of food, like beef broth, to quickly hydrate them. Dehydration is a common problem in dogs and can cause harm.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.