Parvo in Dogs: Natural Cures for the Parvo Virus

Last Modified on Jul 22, 2014

What is Parvo?
Parvo is the nickname for the canine parvovirus, a contagious virus that can be deadly to puppies. A parvo vaccine is available for dog owners to give their pets in order to prevent infection, but the vaccine does have side effects of which pet owners should be aware.

The parvo virus attacks either a dog's digestive system or its cardiac system, while the lymphatic system may be overwhelmed also. Parvo symptoms include a lot of vomiting, such that many puppies die from dehydration rather than the virus itself. Other parvo virus symptoms include fatigue, dysentery, and fever. You may find blood in the feces.

Natural Remedies to Treat Parvo in Dogs

Keeping your dog hydrated is critical. Adding something antiviral such as apple cider vinegar or activated charcoal to water or broth can help kill off the virus at the same time. Homeopathic remedies show some promise as well, as you will find below or from a holistic vet.

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[YEA]  06/19/2014: Josh from San Antonio, Texas: "I have a 11 week old English bulldog named Diesel that just got Parvo. I have had a pitbull puppy die before so I know how quickly this virus effects puppies. I woke up at 5am to find my boy had thrown up several times and did not want to eat or drink. Yesterday he ate but not at his usual rate (usually scarfs his food down). I began searching online and came across this website. I went to Walmart due to noticing an earlier post the activate charcoal which is also called activate carbon is sold in the fish section. It cost me $6USD to purchase, I also purchased pedialite and Gatorade. Once home I poured some Gatorade, pedialite, and two tablespoons of activated carbon into my blender. The carbon was in chunks and needs to be powdered for easy consumption. My buddy drank it right up and not even 30min. later was running around and playing. A complete 180 degree from where he was this morning. Thank you everybody and this method does work!! Don't give up on your best friend."

07/22/2014: Sandi from Nevada, US replies: "How much did your dog weigh when you gave the charcoal? And how often did you give it?

I have a 6 mo old pup going thru parvo right now. She was doing great and now seems to be back sliding a little. She was drinking, But now seems to be trying to drink but ending up not and walking away."

[YEA]  04/02/2014: Andrea from Austin,Tx: "Activated charcoal worked with my 2 and half yr old australian shep pup who had parvo."

05/02/2014: Ruby M from Stockton replies: "My 4 month old puppy is very sick, I bought charcoal but she threw up clear with a little black, I've been giving her gatorade every 20-30 minutes ): any more advice ? I really don't want to lose her):"
05/03/2014: Tiffyb1414 from Durant, Ok replies: "'s in the baby section at any grocery store. It will help her tremendously. Keep us updated!"
05/03/2014: Denise from Vancouver, B.C. replies: "Take the puppy to the vet, mine two of six of my pups had parvo they require iv meds and hydration! Unfortunately I lost one but saved the other just in time. Good luck"
05/20/2014: Pamela from Austin, Texas replies: "I lost two puppies last week to parvo. I spent over 1,000 to have them in the animal hospital for fluids, only to have my heart broken when they sent them home and they passed away. I had no idea what parvo was or how deadly it was. The next day, their dad was sick with it. I went on line and found this web site and immediately started treating him. I gave him pedialite, every half an hour, activated charcoal, colliodial silver, one raw egg every morning, and a bit of honey (to keep his sugar levels up). Today is day 6 of him being sick and I am happy to report that just as I am typing this, he ran up to me and jumped on my leg. He isn't eating on his own yet, but he is getting back to normal."
06/05/2014: Monty from Bakersfield California replies: "My 6 month palm-chee is so small we've been fighting parvo for 3 days I take the night shift and my wife takes the day . Poor little guy is tough though . I've had bigger dogs only last half this time. I really hope we can pull him through. Please people get shots don't let man's best friend go through this . I feel like the biggest @$$ . I'm sorry Furrball .

Furrball is his name."

11/16/2013: Bianca from Oahu, Hawaii: "I just have a quick question. My puppy is 6 months and has contracted parvo. I also cannot afford the treatments so I want to try the activated charcoal. How much would I give him. He's 26 pounds?"

11/16/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Bianca!

You can find AC at your local drug store; aquariums stores have some in a pinch, but its granulated and you would need to use a coffee grinder or food processor to pulverize it into fine powder.

Activated Charcoal works especially well when used with electrolytes to combat the dehydration that occurs with the diarrhea. You can make this recipe at home:

Homemade Pedialyte
4 cups of water (boiled or bottled drinking water) 1/2 teaspoon Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use regular table salt if you have to. 2 Tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or sodium free broth to add some flavor

Start with 1 cup of electrolyte solution in a small jar with a lid; add 2 heaping tablespoons of AC and then put the lid on and shke to blend. This goes into a syringe well and then can be placed into your dog's mouth; tip the head back and gently depress the plunger to allow him to drink it slowly.

If your dog has an appetite, you can mix the AC into canned dog food and make that a bit wetter and sloppier by adding the electrolyte solution to the wet food. The virus generally does not kill the dog - its the resulting dehydration that does the damage - so make sure you get those electrolytes down.

Give your dog the wet AC and electrolyte loaded food am and pm for 5 days and up to 7 days. If he is hungry between meals, give him extra AC and electrolyte feedings.

Please keep us posted!"

05/10/2014: America from Arizona, US replies: "I just found that my 5 week old Chihuahua puppy has parvo. At least I suspect it to be parvo because he was so playful and happy and all of a sudden he just became what looked like depressed. It started on Wednesday of this week so its only been three days, he was just sleeping a lot and it threw me off because it was just so weird. I also realized he didn't want to walk and it looked like he had trouble walking. He's only thrown up three times, once everyday since Wednesday but yesterday is when he officially stopped eating and that was dinner, he ate his lunch and breakfast. He hasn't had diarrhea or any strange things in his poop. Right now im just giving him Gatorade to hydrate him, but I have to use a syringe because he didn't want to do anything but sleep. Since this morning I thought It was really bad because he was so limp and seemed like he didn't want to wake up but after giving him the Gatorade he seems a lot better. I also cannot afford to take him to the vet anytime soon. But is there any suggestions to what else I can do for him?"
05/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey America!

You can support your puppy by keeping him warm.

Activated Charcoal has worked for folks, and also supplementing with electrolytes to combat the dehydration that occurs with the diarrhea. If you can mix and administer the AC with Lectade - an electrolyte formula for pets, or make this recipe at home:

Homemade Pedialyte

4 cups of water (boiled or bottled drinking water)
1/2 teaspoon Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use table salt if you have to.
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or a little juice (I used sodium free broth to add some flavor)

Dissolve the ingredients in the boiling water and cool before serving. You can also freeze it into cubes.

Mix one quarter teaspoon of the activated charcoal into one half cup of electrolyte solution and try to get your pup to drink it. Try dosing with the AC solution every 3 hours, and keep up with the plain electrolyte solution every half an hour.

Another contributer used Colloidal Silver [available online or even at your local drug store] to cure a litter of pups with Parvo:

The silver was 70 to 100 PPM [the drug store variety is usually 10 ppm - if its the only one you can, get it and use it]. Given twice a day for a week mixed into canned wet food.

Lastly, tell the breeder/owner of the litter and any other folks you know with littermates that your puppy has this virus; its likely the entire litter was exposed and all are sick."

[YEA]  10/17/2013: Jazzii09 from Sydney, Australia: "I found out a week ago on a Saturday that my 8 week old Maltese X Shih tzu, Lexi, had parvo. I couldn't afford the vet bill to keep her there and get the help she needed and they basically told me if I took her home she most likely would not survive through the night. I decided to take her home and try my best to nurse her back to health, the vet gave her an antibiotic needle and one to help with nausea, he also gave a sachet of Lectade which is mixed with water. I was petrified I'd lose her, I wanted to try as many things that I could try to help my puppy. That same day I found this site and heard about active charcoal and the amount of people who used it on they're dogs and got great results, so I tried it on Lexi. I gave her the Lectade water every 30mins to keep her hydrated and then every 2hrs gave her the active charcoal mixed with water and gatorade, the next day I woke up and she was still not great but had started eating bland chicken I had given her, she started walking around a lot more also and later that afternoon had started to get her energy back. That night we were still worried and weary to sleep as she still wasn't drinking by herself, we kept giving her water through the syringe and by Wednesday morning I woke up to a crazy Lexi who was fully of life, running around and jumping and just started eating and drinking by herself.

If I didn't find this site I would never have heard about active charcoal, we don't know 100% which exact remedy we used that helped her, but either the Lactade or Active Charcoal had some kind of effect and I'm so grateful for it. If it wasn't for either, I could have lost my puppy."

10/17/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Whoo hoo!!!!

Thank you for this uplifting update! I suspect both the lectade and the AC were critical components in your baby's recovery.

So happy your fur baby made it!!!"

10/21/2013: Angel from Los Lunas Nm replies: "What is this activated charcoal and were do I get it? My puppy is very sick. I can't afford to take him to the vet. I'm looking for something to help fast. I have been givein him pedialyte and water but it doesn't seem to be helping. please help"

EC: Hi Angel,

All pharmacies and many grocery stores carry activated charcoal.

11/03/2013: Richie from Arteisa Ca replies: "Where did you get the charcoal and what is the full name I went to walgreens and we found the charcoal tabs for gas only"
11/14/2013: Juwilin from Philippines replies: "Jewel from philippines, we have 6 dogs 5 chiuaua and 1 shih tsu. May 2 chiuaua died because of parvo, one chiuaua is still in the hospital. While my other 3 months old chiuaua is also suffering from parvo, she's vomitting and has a diarrhea. My vet said that we can give her imodium for her diarrhea. So did I. But she still vomiting. Im going to buy activated charcoal tommorow. Hope it will help her. It is too hard for me to lose anorher dog. :("
11/14/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Jewilin!

I'm sorry your baby is going through this infection.

Activated Charcoal has worked for folks, and also supplementing with electrolytes to combat the dehydration that occurs with the diarrhea. If you can mix and administer the AC with Lectade - an electrolyte formula for pets, or make this recipe at home:

Homemade Pedialyte

4 cups of water (boiled or bottled drinking water)
1/2 teaspoon Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use table salt if you have to.
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or a little juice (I used sodium free broth to add some flavor)

Dissolve the ingredients in the boiling water and cool before serving. You can also freeze it into cubes.

Another contributer used Colloidal Silver [available online or even at your local drug store] to cure a litter of pups with Parvo:

The silver was 70 to 100 PPM [the drug store variety is usually 10 ppm - if its the only one you can, get it and use it]
Given twice a day for a week
Feed canned wet food

Keep us posted on your baby please!"

11/18/2013: Juwilin from Philippines replies: "Last friday my other chiuaua died because of parvo. :( It is too hard for us to see them suffering. Our vet said that our 3 months old chiuaua should be confined in the hospital. As of now she is still fighting. I hope for her recovery. We love her so much. her name is yonna. Still want her to live with us. Her mom was vaccinated 5 in 1 yesterday. Still hoping that she didnt get affected with the virus."
11/19/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Juwilin - I am saddened by your losses. Were you able to administer any of the activated charcoal? I am sending prayers for Yonna that she will pull through. Please keep us updated."
11/22/2013: Juwilin from Philippines replies: "Hi Theresa! :) Thanks for the prayers. Yonna got home this morning. She's okay now. Still needs to recover. She ate already and become playful again. I'm so happy but also sad because I didn't saved my 3 dogs. :("
11/26/2013: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "For Parvo give a few drops of MMS for about three days. See the info online.

I know dogs have been cured with this . Look up MMS website, Jim Humble. They have a section on pets. I use MMS myself. Quite affordable.

Also two of my old cats went off food, lost a lot of weight and I knew from experience this was it. However I tried MMS on them and they, being twenty years old , are doing fine three months later. I never give antibiotics as they cause fungal disease and low immune system where the gut never recovers from the depletion of good bacteria. Om"

06/07/2014: Catrina from Lakeland, FL replies: "Where can I get the activated charcoal, and how do I mix it for my dog"
06/07/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Catrina!

Many drug stores and health food stores or whole foods type stores carry activated charcoal in tablet or loose powder form. Aquarium and pet stores also carry activated charcoal in a granulated form. To treat a dog with parvo you need to either crush the granules or dissolve the tablets, or start with the loose powder form.

Activated Charcoal works especially well when used with electrolytes to combat the dehydration that occurs with the diarrhea. You can make this recipe at home:

Homemade Pedialyte
4 cups of water (boiled or bottled drinking water) 1/2 teaspoon Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use regular table salt if you have to. 2 Tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or sodium free broth to add some flavor

Start with 1 cup of electrolyte solution in a small jar with a lid; add 2 heaping tablespoons of AC and then put the lid on and shake to blend. This goes into a syringe well and then can be placed into your dog's mouth; tip the head back and gently depress the plunger to allow him to drink it slowly. If your dog won't take this concentration, use 2 cups of electrolyte solution and 2 heaping tablespoons of AC. For a small dog such as a Chihuahua I would try to get 2cc's down at a time, every half hour for the first three hours; for a larger breed like a pit bull I would try 10cc's for a dose.

If your dog has an appetite, you can mix the AC into canned dog food and make that a bit wetter and sloppier by adding the electrolyte solution to the wet food. The virus generally does not kill the dog - its the resulting dehydration that does the damage - so make sure you get those electrolytes down.

Give your dog the wet AC and electrolyte loaded food am and pm for 5 days and up to 7 days. If he is hungry between meals, give him extra AC and electrolyte feedings."

10/12/2013: Jasmine from Australia: "I just recently got a Maltese X shih tzu puppy thats 9weeks old last Wednesday, I took her to get her vaccination on the Friday and the vet had said she was healthy and everything was fine. Saturday night she started vomiting andlater on had diarrhea that entire day she was so tired and wouldn't eat or drink, took her to the vet today and found out she has parvo and its a high chance she got it from her last owner. I've heard a lot about active charcoal working well for puppies with parvo, I just want to know how much can be given to her? She weighs 1kg. I've been feeding her water mixed with Lectade, that the vet gave, every 30 minutes to every hour. She had an antibiotic shot and another shot to help with vomiting all for 24hrs. If there's anything else we can try to make her better please let me know. I don't want to have to put her down, I want to try everything I can to nurse her back to health"

10/13/2013: Hennie from Pretoria, South Africa replies: "See my post: MMS and Activated Charcoal Helped Dog with Parvo "
10/13/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Jasmine!

Sorry to hear about your sick puppy.

Did your vet confirm the parvo with a snap test or fecal float? It is important to not misdiagnose parvo with the canine crud or Campylobacter [more below].

It is important to inform your breeder as the virus may have been contracted by another puppy buyer visiting the litter; the sooner all puppy buyers know about the virus the sooner all can start treating their puppies.

You may find good results with a homeopathic product "Parvaid" by Amber Technologies. Another remedy is "Tamiflu" - read up here:

More on the "crud":

More on campylobacter:

These are time sensitive conditions and the sooner you get a handle on it the better."

05/14/2013: Cc from Phoenix, Arizona: "I just lost one 5mo old Chihuahua to Parvo and today her sister is showing symptoms. I am going to get the charcoal and try it. Does anyone know the amount to give her?"

05/05/2014: Marcus from Abilene, Tx replies: "I'm in the same situation! Did anyone give you a response? Any help would be greatly appreciated! My Chihuahua is 5 mos."

04/15/2013: Clozano from Amarillo, Tx, Randall: "I have two 10 week old chihuahuas Tippy and Max, that came down with parvo a week ago. They were released from the vet after 3 days because he was doing better. The next day I stopped in to check on them during my lunch break and Max was limp, non-responsive and dehydrated. We quickly took him back to the vet were they immediately started an IV, placed him on oxygen and he was put into an incubator. I was concerned that letting him go early would have set him back or hurt him in some way. I read several articles on this website that advised giving Activated charcol. I did this and two days later Max was doing great. He was active, drinking on his own and eating on his own. I was over joyed to see he was acting like a normal puppy again last night. They removed the IV since he was eating and drinking and said that he may be coming home in the morning. Then this morning I stopped to see him at the Vet's office before heading into work myself and he was weak, vomiting and would not eat or drink. I gave him some more charcol mixed with water hoping that it would help him. I am just so frustared and concerned. I am not sure what to do anymore. Could have been because they stopped his IV fluids too soon? Any advise would be greatly appreciated. They have had their first round of shots and had just started the Parvo vaccines. Tippy is home and doing great and has had no other issues."

05/09/2013: Om from Hope, Bc, Canada replies: "Dogs with parvo. Please obtain MMS and follow instructions. The people at Real Raw Food cured their dog. Om"

04/02/2013: Jeanine from Heavener, Ok Usa: "hi my 12 week old puppy started getting sick on Saturday. I thought maybe she had gotten in to something cause on sunday she acted just fine but today she could barely hold her head up so I took her to the vet she tested positive for parvo he gave her meds for vomiting and diarrea. She wasnt doing much better so I googled home remedies for parvo and I came to this site. I have started the charcoal remedy and praying for the best. Wish me luck. I will keep y'all informed."

04/02/2013: Ann from Olivehurst, Ca replies: "Please keeps us posted. My little 8 weeks puppy has the same thing, took him to the vet, they gave him antibiotic and shots for vomiting. Took home one bag of fluid to give to him via SC. He is mostly sleeping. I just found this website, and thinking about using these remedies. He is not drinking at all. He did at first when I brought him back from the vet. Then he stops drinking. I just forced about 7 cc pedialyte to him. Hope he is better. Please let me know your outcome. And how much should we give the puppy? does it go by the age of weight?"
04/03/2013: Jeanine from Heavener , Ok Usa replies: "Well, she is doing great she is eating and drinking on her own she is currently asleep on my chest. Me and her have become really close. I want to say thank you to everyone for all your help."
05/14/2013: Cc from Phoenix, Arizona replies: "Have already lost on puppy last Friday am working on saving the other. I am hoping the charcoal works. She is a 5mo old Chihuahua and the stronger of the two. Wish me luck."

[YEA]  03/08/2013: Ortizse from Chino, Ca, Usa: "My husband and I finally decided to buy my five year old her first puppy. We bought Django (Boxer, Lab, Shepard Mix) when he was 9 weeks old on a Sunday he ate that night. The next day we were scheduled to take him to the Vet for his 2nd set of shots, the Vet was concerned with his calm manner and asked how he has been. He had thrown up before we went to the Vet and hadn't eaten anything all day, he also had slight diarrhea. The Vet told us he was very concerned he may have Parvo. We were on a tight budget and couldnt afford the treatments if the test was positive so we took him home. I came online and found this remedy using Activated Charcoal. Wednesday night he still hadn't eaten anything so I went out and bought the activated charcoal as recommended and mixed it with gatorade and water. By the next afternoon he was starting to eat and by thursday evening his appetite was back. It's now Friday and he is playful and full of life! I wouldnt have believed it... We are so happy! What could have cost us $1200 for treatment only cost us $10 and he is happy as can be! Thank you soooo much!!!!"

06/04/2013: Mariah from Fresno replies: "Where did you buy the activated charcoal?"
06/05/2013: Chiffonr from Houston, Tx replies: "GMC is where you can buy the product. I just started, hope it works"

EC: Most pharmacies sell activated charcoal. You can check there too.

06/20/2013: R.i.p. Pandaa from Port Arthur Texas, Texas replies: "Parvo is nothing to play with! My dog had gotten PARVO and was not eating or drinking and was vomiting alot and blood was in the vomit! At the time we all didnt know what was wrong with my dog (pit bull) until the night she died she was so weak throwing up couldnt move or didn't have strength to keep her head up herself and later on that night she died in a puddle of blood so if any of yall dogs have parvo I suggest you do what you have to do ASAP! I'm very emotional that this happened and if I could had did something to stop it I would of!"
08/02/2013: Margarita from E.g. Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Can I give him antibiotic and charcoal caps?? His been on the iv and antibiotics since Tuesday night and he still real sick but he does walk around... This morning he had a little blood in he's poop I don't know what to do, he's suffering and I don't have the funds to take him back to the doctor... Can somebody please help me."
08/04/2013: Vickie from Winston, Nc replies: "How much did you give and how often? I've given my puppy about 6 dropper fulls but she continued vomiting. Pepto will not stay down either."

11/01/2012: Tracy from Bakersfield, Ca Usa: "I have been reading this site on parvo. I bought an antibiotic at my local feed store, and gave my 10 month old labador puppy. He has been throwing up all day. I've tried chicken pedi-lite. I just tried chicken broth and 2 capsules of the charcoal, but he threw up again. Should I give the antibiotics and the charcoal will it be ok? Please help!!"

11/26/2012: Edgar from Tampa, Fl replies: "My 10 month old got parvo I took him to the vet and he stayed there for 3 days and he made it I paid $2000 but now my 1.3year old female pit has gotten it too she pukes anything. I force feed her she is dinking water and im also giving her pedialyte I tried the cabon yesterday afternoon but she still is the same. Shoud I give her some more and how much of it? She weighs 60 pounds in her nomal weight."
02/16/2013: Sam from Duck Springs, Al replies: "where can I buy activated charcoal at... I have a 5 month old pit lab mix puppy that has been sick.... Monday night he began getting sick but it has taken until tonight... Sat... Until he started pooping blood... We called the vet which is closed until Monday and we r 2 hrs from closest clinic so I started giving him sugar water to rehydrate him and stabalize his blood sugar level until I can get to the store for something better... And I gave him one quarter dose of childrens tylenol for his fever.... I dont know if the charcoal will help.... I had a boston 8 yrs ago that caught it and I got meds from the vet and took her home and pulled through just fine but I am worried about it taking 2 days before qe can get him to the vet... plz any info would be a great help this is my 4 yr old son's first puppy of his own and I really don't want to lose him..."
02/17/2013: Lori Zak from Kamloops, Bc, Canada replies: "I am sorry to hear this our puppy was sick with the ame symptoms last week the vet said it was parvo but it wasn't it was distemper in dogs, the previous owners never vaccinated him and we were told he was and they also said he had vet check up days before we got him and they also lied too, but I would if you haven't , get him checked and even get him more shots if it is not too late, My dog was very healthy and playfull one day and a week later he was deathly ill and had too be put too sleep but in this case I hope your puppy is fine and gets better ((hugs to you))."
02/17/2013: Carol from Asheville, Nc replies: "Dear Sam, I am so sorry to hear about your puppy. Activated charcoal can be bought at any pharmacy or some grocery stores. It is used to treat poisoning. Just be careful you give small doses in a lot of water as this powder can cause a puppy to gag to choke. If you have an emergency vet in your area, I suggest that. Unfortunately with puppies you need to be very careful what you give them... Even small doses of home remedies might be too much for their little systems. Best of luck and many blessings to you and your family."
02/17/2013: Carol from Asheville, Nc replies: "Hi again. I just thought about diluted apple cider vinegar with water (50/50) and applied to the scruff of your puppy's neck? This might give him some strength until you get to the vet. If 50/50 dilution seems too strong, maybe 25% ACV to 75% Water. Please keep us informed."
02/20/2013: Epona from Pompano Beach, Florida replies: "Any health food store should carry it. But in case of an emergency, I would use the same thing that pet stores carry for fish tanks. It's not toxic, but does need to be ground up in a blender. I buy capsules from a store called TUNIES, and capsule the activated charcoal. Good luck."

09/03/2012: Zaylow22 from College Park, Georgia: "My 2 year old dog got jumped by another dog and 2 days later he started throwing up, diarrhea with blood not eating or drinking hardly anything. ( I know he has Parvo cause all the dogs around the neighborhood been spreading it around). Symptoms just started I gave him some 1tbls charcoal. 12 oz of water and 2 oz of gatorade (you can free hand the gatorade, might help to get him to drink it) in a bottle giving it to him every 2hrs waiting to see what will happen hope he gets better. Wish me luck."

10/11/2012: Chelle from Clovis, Ca, United States replies: "We have a 10 week old German Shephard with Parvo, we did get the home kit, but I want the charcoal. Where did you get it, I cant wait to order it online might be too late. Please let me know where you found the charcoal. Did your dog survive?"
10/13/2012: Melissa from Apple Valley, Ca replies: "I just got some last night. You can get it at a drug store. We gave it to our 10 week old pitbull. It came in capsule form. We opened the capsule, added a little pepto bismo, and diluted it with water. Used a dropper to administer some. He is sooo much better today."
10/13/2012: Chelle from Clovis, Ca, United States replies: "Thank you, we did find the charcoal tabs. We have been desperately trying to save this puppy. The one with Parvo isnt mine, he is the sibling of mine. I have been going over to my friends house two and three times a day to help administer fluids and do the subcutaneous fluid on his neck. He is still alive but now we are about 7 days into this and he is a bag of bones, the anti-vomiting fluid doesnt seem to be working any longer either. I have forced pedialyte, chicken broth, protein shake, water, you name it we have tried it. He also has blood in his urine as well as stool. I just dont know what else to do, we have done about three doses of the charcoal but that doesnt stay down either. This is so heart breaking. Any one have any other ideas? I am thinking that he just might be too far gone to save. All the other puppies died very quickly within a day or two, this one has now been fighting for a week. I go through quite a cleaning ritual every time I go to their house and back to mine to make sure I dont bring the virus into my home and infect my baby. I am so scared to bring it home, but cant bear not going and trying to help save this puppy, he is the brother of mine. And so far mine is showing no symptoms, but I am watching him like a hawk. Mine has had his first set of shots and receives his second tomorrow. I desperately want to save his brother."
10/17/2012: Michelle from Chicago, Il replies: "Hopefully this puppy didnt die yet. Sub Q fluids is not working. If it was the puppy should have been better by now. If there is blood in the urine go to the vet. Are you sure it is urine? Sometimes the stool is so watery that it looks like urine. I went through the same thing with 5 puppies and after the first one died I learned quickly what to do.

You need to give pedialyte in an enema form to help it absorb into the body. Obviously if the puppy isnt keeping anything down go a different route. In a puppy I would only give 1 to 2 teaspoons with a syringe , without a needle, of pedialyte in an enema. Do this every hour. Dont give the puppy a protein shake. Get some pureed liver and pureed banana and mix it together and give a teaspoon to the puppy a few times a day. Fluids need to be given more than 3 times a day. At least every hour. Try to get an antibiotic for bacteria to give to the puppy. The puppy will die from the bacteria before the parvo. I am not a vet! I am a dog owner that had the same problem and this worked for me. Dont wait until puppies start dying to try to fix the problem. Also take a cup of hot pedialyte add two tea bags of chamomile tea, 2 bags of bigelow mint medley tea, two bags on echinacea tea and a teaspoon of FRESH chopped garlic. Let it sit until it cools and strain out the garlic pieces and remove the bags. Give a teaspoon orally 4 times a day to your puppy. This will help sooth the stomach. I did these things and my puppies were fine in a couple of days. Also put a little of molasses on the gums everytime you give fluids to help keep the glucose levels up."

10/17/2012: Chelle from Clovis, Ca replies: "Unfortunately he died on Sunday. They did take him to the vet ER but could not afford the 2300 dollars. I knew that he wasnt going to make it. They were not able to stay with him and make sure fluids and nutrients were put in his system in a timely manner. I was too scared to bring him to my house and provide the constant care he needed, because I didnt want to infect my puppy who so far seems fine. Now mine is the only survivor out of 12. It broke my heart that he died, especially after all the efforts, but it still wasnt enough, he needed care on the hour every hour, but they were not able to do that. I learned a lot and thank you for the advise. I am still watching mine with hawk eyes, and will be prepared if he even starts showing syptoms. I am hoping and praying I never have to deal with horendous virus ever again."
10/29/2012: Luvnlaogrl from Fresno, Ca replies: "How much and how many times should I give for my 10 wk old puppy?"
11/29/2012: Anonymous from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "My pit puppy came down with parvo a week after we rescued her from the shelter. I took her to the vet the morning after she started vomiting. The vet even commented that she did look like she had parvo but thankfully tested her anyway. She was positive so they gave her an antibiotic injection and sent us home with an Iv that we had to administer twice a day for $300. She lost a lot of weight and wouldn't eat for a week but she pulled through. I currently taking care of my niece's Chihuahua puppy that seemed to have come down with it. They said he may need to be admitted but I asked if I could have the home treatment and they tried to talk it down saying it was difficult. If you have to option seek the home treatment your puppy will get more love an affection from you then a vet's office. I let my pit puppy sleep with me and took her out if she needed the bathroom. I think it was a better result and way more affordable."

02/20/2012: Button from Pine Grove, La: "My 13 wk old puppy has came down being sick, at first we thought it was worms because she threw up two long ones! She was feeling better that night eating and drinking, but now we are on day 3 and she does seem to be getting any better she is now throwing up and I'm scared that it could be parvo, I went and bought active charcoal to try but I need to know how much to give her she only weighs about 2 pounds!!!! Please help in a hurry!! I forgot to mention we worked her when we thought of that reason for being sick and also I've been giving her pedialyte especially since her throwing up has increased! Please hurry!

Thanks, Jubilee's mom!"

03/18/2012: Billy from Macon, Ga replies: "Wish I had of seen this site sooner to try active charcoal, we have had 2 dogs to pass away this week. We are thinking parvo but not sure. The first, 4 month old puppy was fine last Saturday. By the afternoon, she had stopped eating, drinking and started vomiting. We were thinking she had gotten into something that had poisened her (i have since found out things that are poisen to dogs like chewing on old paint or wood and some plants you might have in your garden etc. ). We would give her something to drink and she would just vomit back up. She was very lethargic and lost weight in a 3 day period. She passed away Wednesday. On Thursday our dog that is about a year old stopped eating (and never turns down food) and then became lethargic and started drinking a lot of water. Then came the vomiting. We looked online and tried pepto, pedialyte, rid worm etc. And thought maybe she would have a chance since at least she was drinking water on her own but woke up this morning to find that she too had passed away. We also couldn't afford the vet bill and can't help but wonder if there was anything else we could have done to save them. It just happened so fast and the first time we have had dogs to get sick."
03/22/2012: Debbie from Sun Prairie, Wi replies: "i am soo sorry to hear of your dogs dying. it sounds like it could have been parvo. about 7 years ago, i had a litter of 9 pekingese puppies. parvo hits very hard and fast. i also had 3 adult dogs. the mother pekingese and 2 pugs. they were also very ill. vomiting, diahrrea, very lethargic, will not eat. my vet got there on the 2nd day and it was too late for 1 puppy. all the other 8 survived.

what kept all the puppies and 3 adults alive was my vet coming 3 days in a row, giving iv fluids. anitbiotic does not help. they die from dehydration. any dog that gets parvo should get iv fluids immediately! i must also tell you that parvo remains in your yard. i bought another pekingese 2 years later and she also contracted parvo, just from being in our backyard. it hangs around for quite some time. so be careful if you bring another dog into your environment. debbie"

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  07/15/2011: Catherine from Greenville, Sc: "This website saved my sanity. We somehow brought parvo into our pack (7 dogs) during a time when we had a visiting dog. The 14 month old dogs were the ones who came down with it. The 1st one recovered on her own after 3 days. Her main symptoms were she would not eat or drink. The second one spent 3 days at the vets office getting IV fluids and antibiotics because she was dehydrated (main symptom was bloody diarrhea). She also did not want to swallow the fluids I was trying to give her. So the guest dog went home and then got sick so I had them bring him back so I could keep him hydrated. He vomited all day -- more than I could get in him. I was really scared. Then I found your website and read about giving the activated charcoal. I gave it every 2 hours and after the 3rd dose Barley licked his leg where some of the liquid fell. So I put water and aloe vera juice in a bowl and he lapped it up. He has gone back to not drinking (or eating), but he has not vomited at all and I am able to keep him hydrated."

[YEA]  05/02/2011: Scorpioempress from Ridgecrest, Ca: "I have seen parvo too many times. I live in the Mojave desert where it is rampant. My little chihuahua mix, who hasn't yet gotten all her shots, came down with it yesterday morning. By dinner, I knew for sure it was parvo and came to this site. I found charcoal as a remedy and rushed to Walgreens. I bought Charcotabs for $20.00. I gave Wolfie about a quarter can of beef broth mixed with the charcoal of 3 tabs (took the tabs apart)... Yuck.

This morning she was happy, wagging her tail, and jumping on my leg. I have given her 2 more doses today because she is still feverish. But I know that IF you can keep a dog eating and drinking, they live. I think it isn't the bacteria that kills but the toxin that is released when the body kills the parvo. However, according to my theory, the charcoal bonds to the toxin rather than letting it circulate in the body and is pooped out. Black poops EVERYWHERE! Lol (Sound reasonable?? lol) It worked for me!"

05/04/2011: Jon from Ridgecrest, Ca replies: "I live in ridgecrest as well and noticed my pup was acting a little weird this morning and kept a close eye on him most the day. He was acting a little lazy so I took him in and he tested positive for parvo and the vet said I caught it very early and gave him an iv and some shot and sent us home with tamiflu. He seemed very interested and excited to see what this tamiflu would do at such an early onset. All that being said if walgreens wasn't all ready closed I'd be giving him charcoal as well..."
05/17/2012: Monica from San Antonio, Tx replies: "Well I'm reading about the Charcoal and I cant believe how I never heard about that. I have a miniture Datson and she was just over a yr old , about going on 2weeks she became fatigued and would not eat or drink, I took her to vet hospital and she was diagnosed with parvo, I new I could not afford a vet bill like that, I am a single mother of three, and she had become our family... I shed tears like u would not believe and even spend my last to get the antibiodic and pills for nausea, including Dr. Visit for them to tell me she would not survive at home and all I could do is try. But I was gona try it anyway... The pills thy gave her made her have seizures and she bcame worse. I didnt now what to do, then my mom told me to stop giving her the medicine and give her whats called [colloidal silver]

And unbeilieveable!!!! Within the second day, bloody stools, vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue was going away. She started to drink more and to this day is starting to eat on her own, she lost alot of wieght but we are working on tht. And I am disinfecting yard and house. I really thought we were gonna lose her, but she is doing better, yet I feel like I need to educate myself more about parvo, she had her shots whn it hit her so not sure why it did. but learning about charcoal stunned me, we will see what the future holds ....."

06/12/2013: Om Sairam from Hope, Bc, Canaada replies: "Re dog parvo: Yes, colloidal silver will kill viruses and bacteria. Excellent choice including rehydration and activated charcoal.

Remember, honey and royal jelly in warm water will kill bacteria and are a food. Another option for rehydration would be coconut water. Giving antibiotics in addition to these options is not necessary.

It just is soo upsetting that vets will clean out their clients or even send them away if the money is not forthcoming. Stay tuned in on EC; it will save not only money but your pet will not be harmed by harsh and ineffective drugs. Hope the best. Om"

[YEA]  04/17/2009: Vicky from Banning, California USA: "Six months old puppy diagnosed by Vet as Parvo. Had been sick one day when taken to Vet. Took her home and mixed up one tablespoon activated charcoal in 12 ounces of water. Using a large barrel syringe I slowly put the charcoal into the backside of her mouth so she would have to swallow it. Even though she is 75 pounds, one glass of this mixture made a great difference within one hour. I gave her two more doses at 2 hour intervals and she was by this time drinking on her own and no vomiting or diarrhea [since the first dose] so put a little charcoal in her drinking water. She was eating a little by the next day and by the third day was back to full normal. I continues to add some charcoal to her drinking water for four more days [not much because then she wouldn't drink much of it, just enough to make it cloudy, mildly gray]. I have also used it the same way when my dogs have been poisoned with rat poison, with the same excellent results."

05/21/2011: Susan from Calera, Oklahoma replies: "I saved my new puppy Sassy from the pound on monday. She was well fed and well "sassy". By wed she was throwing up and so I gave her pepto to help sooth her tummy just thinking it was stress from being with a new family and a new diet so I took her to the vet thurs and he told me she had IT PARVO. I have been giving her pedilite and nausa pills from the vet, he wanted to put her in the puppy hospital, well I cant afford that so I got on facebook and asked how to treat this at home I will do anything. So my friend told me about earthclinic today and I am going to try charcoal Sassy is well was 22.5 pounds but she has lost so much weight I have been staying up with her all night but im still worried I will let u know if the charcoal works but im afraid I wont get the ratio right PLEASE HELP ME

THANKS, Sassy momma Susan."

05/21/2011: Susan from Calera, Oklahoma replies: "ok I just gave miss Sassy charcoal in beef broth and she already got sick I hope that she keep enough down to help wish me luck."
05/31/2011: Misschris from Nolanville, Tx replies: "How is Sassy doing? Here is a very interesting article on home remedy for parvo"

05/05/2012: Tyler from San Jacinto, Ca replies: "Hello everyone I just wanted to thank everyone who posted about the activated charcoal and my buddy Tank thanks you to I spent the day at the vet for them to tell me tank had gotten parvo. I was already giving him the pedialyte cuz he wouldnt eat or drink I didnt know what else to do other then keeping him hydrated then I found this site about the charcoal and thought I had to try it so I ran out and found them came home and mixed it with water like everyone said and fed it to him with a baby dropper he kept it down and a few hours later I gave it to him again and like others had said you could see a diffrence in him with in hours and today he is eating well and seems happy im gonna put a little bit in his water bowl just to be on the safe said I never post on anything but I really felt I needed to thank all of you for the info so thanks again from Tank and Tyler ill post in a few days to let you know how its going thanks again."
[YEA]  06/05/2012: Courtney from Bradford, Ontario replies: "My 9 month old dog was diagnosed with parvo on Sunday night. His symptoms started on Friday, when we came home from work and found he had vomited every where. He continued to vomit periodically throughout Friday evening. On Saturday, he did not vomit, but did have some diarrhea (no blood), however by this time he would not eat or drink anything (not even table scraps! ), which is completely out of character. Also at 9 months, he is almost always full of energy and life, so when he started sleeping constantly, and acting depressed, we knew something was up.

On Sunday during the day, he vomited up some grass, and he had diarrhea (still no blood). By Sunday evening, he was so lethargic however he would not even move. He would barely even lift his head and I worried he would not make it through the night so I took him to an emergency vet clinic. It cost me $250 for the vet to test his feces, and tell me he was positive for parvo. She gave me two options. He could stay the rest of the night, at a cost of $1200.00 and they would treat him with IV and blood tests and we would have to pick him up in the morning and take him to another clinic, or we could put him to sleep.

Prior to taking him to the vet, I did not know what parvo was, but I googled his symptoms and ended up at this site. I had a pretty good idea my dog had parvo. I had read about this charcoal thing and tried unsuccessfully to find it at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, or any health food store. But when our only options were to fork out thousands of dollars or put him to sleep, we just paid the $250 for the visit, and brought him home against medical advice.

I stayed up most of Sunday evening trying to get my dog to drink water, and around 2:30 in the morning, he started to swallow instead of spit it out. I woke up at 5 in the morning, and he was still alive. I continued to push fluids on him and throughout the day, after drinking, he was able to eat a little bit without vomiting it up.

Because we couldn't find any charcoal, my boyfriend bought Active Carbon, which is supposedly the same thing as Charcoal, from Walmart in the Aquarium Section! It is used to clean fish tanks. It cost him 4 dollars. We bought some Gatorade and made a mixture of Gatorade, Water, and Charcoal, and used a syringe to get him to swallow this at first. Within a half an hour, his appetite was in full force, and so was his energy level. We continued to feed him this gatorade, water, charcoal mix throughout the night, and today - Tuesday - he is nearly 100%. While he is still laying down relaxing more than he typically would, he is wide awake, fully alert, and eating anything and everything we will let him (we are going easy as he hadn't ate in so long and don't want to upset his stomach). He is chasing the cat, playing, and running around like a lunatic (like he normally does).

About an hour ago, Animal Control showed up at my house. The vet had called them on us because we had gone against medical advice, and if he was not treated, he would "suffer". One knock on the door, and my dog booked it to the door barking and wagging his tail at Animal Control. The lady at the door was baffled. "This is the dog that was diagnosed with Parvo on Sunday evening?" I told her yes, and she said he seemed fine. She said it was incredibly rare for him to bounce back like this, and most puppies are dead within 24 hours of diagnosis. And of course, she let me keep my dog, because it is very clear he is not suffering.

So THANK YOU so, so much for writing about this remedy. A treatment that was going to cost us thousands of dollars ended up costing us about 10 in total, aside from the initial vet visit, and if we didn't see this site, we probably would have had to put him down because we couldn't afford the treatment. While our dog can drive us crazy with his hyperactivity and spunk some days, we have never been happier to see him acting so nuts. Something tells me our boy is going to be getting extra spoiled for a long time, we are so grateful and happy that he made it through."

06/19/2012: Minaa from Fort Worth, Tx replies: "On Friday, My friend left to Florida. A day before that her dog had bad diarrhea, and seemed depressed. Her dog, Daisy. Stopped eating, started vomiting, so I took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with Parvo. My friends mom gave her some charcoal, and I just got a call saying that Daisy's laying down on her side and she's breathing hard... Is this normal? if not, what should I do differently? Is she gunna be okay?"

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