WebMD explains that electrolyte solutions such as Pedialyte must be diluted by one-half before giving to dogs to treat dehydration due to gastrointestinal problems. Add the diluted electrolyte solution to the dog's normal drinking bowl. There are also specially made electrolyte solutions that are safe for use in pets and are flavored to encourage the pet to drink.
The point of an electrolyte solution for a dog is to replace lost fluids and minerals in order to prevent dehydration. Electrolyte fluids for dogs are flavored especially to encourage them to drink more fluids. PetMD notes that electrolyte solutions help dogs with gastrointestinal problems to avoid dehydration.
DoctorDog.com states that electrolyte solutions such as Pedialyte are to be administered at 2 to 4 cubic centimeters per pound of the dog's body weight. For instance, a 50-pound dog gets 100 to 200 cubic centimeters of the diluted electrolyte mixture. This dosage is given each hour depending up on the severity of dehydration.
Dehydration in dogs is caused by excess fluid loss. Lack of fluid intake causes the animal to lose sodium, chloride and potassium, according to DoctorDog.com. Fever, diarrhea and vomiting also cause dehydration in dogs. Severe dehydration is indicated by lack of skin elasticity and is a serious condition. Consult a veterinarian before treatment to make sure the pet receives proper diagnosis and care.