Parvo in Dogs: Natural Cures for the Parvo Virus

Oct 24, 2016

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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Posted by Davianawdon (Los Angeles, Ca) on 09/25/2015
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So it'll be officially 7days tomorrow since my 3 month Maltese started showing Parvo symptoms & let me tell you it's been the longest week of my life. Parvo is not a joke, I almost lost my dog by the 3rd day. I took her to the vet & of course she tested positive for Parvo, they didn't give me anything to treat her just recommended i'd take her to another vet & have them hook her up with an I.v . My sister in law took her to another vet & they basically told her the same thing if she doesn't get hooked on to an I.V she could die in 72 hours or less . Any pet owner that hears that would get overwhelmed shoot just knowing your beloved pet is sick could get anyone overwhelmed. So the treatment was denied & I did my research back and forth thru sites desperate to find something for my little pup & well here are a list of things I recommend I can't guarantee it'll workout for your pup But it's a start




-Cephalexin or Amoxicillin

-Pepto Bismol

-Nutri-Cal either for a pup or an adult dog

-Chicken Broth

-Activated Charcoal

Those are basically all the things I used.

The Pedialyte & the Gatorade are to keep your dog hydrated & give them some electrolytes I would give her tablespoon or 2 every half hour with a syringe, I tried not to rush her so she could hold it down. You have to force feed them so don't be afraid to hold the sides of their jaws open & put the syringe down on the side to make sure they swallow it. P.S the syringe you could buy it at a petco or any pet store. & when they say be prepared not to sleep it's serious, this a 24/7 thing, not a oh I'll take care of her/him in a little bit. They have to stay hydrated all the dehydration is what kills them. If you can't take off of work just call it a quit.

The cephalexin or amoxicillin are antibiotics, I already had some Cephalexin from a previous time I took one of my other dogs to the vet I'm sure if you were to ask the vet could hook you up with some. I tried not to give her so much of it since it doesn't do anything towards the parvo it's just to prevent a secondary infection in their intestine but when I did give it to her it was every 8 hours, I stopped after the 4th day.

The Pepto bismol they say it's to coat their belly and intestine to control the diarrhea and vomiting I tried my best to give her some every two hours but I failed at that I was more worried of keeping her hydrated plus she's so young I didnt want to keep giving her so much medicine but when I did give it to her I tried to do it at least 3 times a day I would give her half a table spoon with the syringe.

The nutri-cal I've used previously on my other dog when she was pregnant she wasn't eating so she had no nutrients in her. I bought the nutri-cal supplement for my pup I gave her 1/4 tablespoon 3x a day once in the morning, noon, and evening. It won't make them eat but it's just so they have some type of nutrients in them. & also you have to force it to them just dab it on your finger & try to put on the roof of their mouth.

The chicken Broth I didn't try giving it to her until the 4th day which is also when I started giving her the nutri-cal I made sure I gave her the broth first then the nutri-cal ... I would only feed her a tablespoon of the broth 3x a day just to see if she could hold it down.

The Raw Egg ... Man this was a tough one I only gave her a tablespoon of it I was pretty grossed out by it but I was doing whatever could get my dog back to health. I cracked one raw egg & fed her a tablespoon of it once again I tried not to rush her to eat since its so slimy I wanted to make sure she was able to swallow it, then I would wash it down with half a tablespoon of pedialyte. I only tried this once just to see if she would get better, I tried it 3x in one day she kept it down the first time & the third but the 2nd time she didn't. I tried this but I felt like it didn't help I've read stories of other where it has worked but I'm just throwing what I experienced with at home with my pup, so it might work for yours but I suggest you do it if you see they're some what holding things down.

Last but not least, The Activated Charcoal. I was reading about this back and forth. I thought I was suppose to get a prescription for it until I read it's an over the counter vitamin & well I read more into it & decided to give it a try I figured it wouldn't hurt to try what do I got to lose she'd probably just yak it back up. So I did more research on it because some didn't specify exactly what it looked like & well I decided to go buy some I didn't buy the powder one they have for fish tanks I was scared to buy it and make my dog feel worse , they have charcoal tabs at Walgreens but they're like 22 bucks, Walmart was out of stock so I went to CVS Pharmacy and bought ACTIVATED CHARCOAL CAPS they were like 11-12 bucks. I took them home cracked to caps I suggest you put some paper wherever you plan to crack them open they could be pretty messy to clean up.

Anyways 2 caps cracked open 1 Ounce of pedialyte I threw a splash of gatorade in their just cause I thought it looked gross so I felt bad for my pup having to taste that awful looking drink. I gave her 1 tablespoon of it once again I tried not to rush her so she could hold it down and she was doing pretty good after the egg so I figured she'd do good with keeping it down I don't recommend you give your dog this if they're not keep anything down it'll just come right up. It's already the 5th day with my pup feeling like this, I let 2hours go by and she got up to drink some water which she had already been doing on the 4th day after I had given her the nutri-cal and the broth I guess it would get stuck in her mouth so she'd feel like washing it down to get the taste off. I waited 2 hours to give her some more & here come my nieces they opened the door to my room and once she saw them she began to wag her little tail which she hadn't done since a week ago she was being playful so I decided to make her something to eat I made her a scrambled egg & fried some ham for her I didn't add anything to it just cooked it . & boy did she tear it up her eyes got so wide when she smelled the food my poor baby ate everything like she hadn't ate in years she ate so much she couldn't stand so I picked her up and put her back in her bed.

About 3am she woke up crying wanting me to sleep in my bed so I did she was being a wild sleeper as she usually was before she got sick. & well I kept an eye on her the next day I fed her the same thing that morning then I fed her the same for lunch for dinner I smashed up some of her kibble and added a little bit of water in it I didn't give her any tap water, I kept giving her filtered water she ate it right up she was back to her usual self I left for a few hours came back home to her wagging her tail waiting for me to get in the house lol im still keeping a close eye on her to see if any of the symptoms are coming back. I have to say the charcoal did work but also the hydration with the pedialyte helped a lot I could've lost my dog if I didn't get right to it..... I hope this is helpful for anyone .... I did a lot of praying too & also I would give her lots of TLC they need to know youre there for them & that you love them that they're not ready to go yet ....

Replied by Lynn
San Diego Ca

Great to know. Thank you so much for posting. I am so happy you were successful!! Blessings

Replied by Hanunah
Palmdale, Ca

Thank you for the information;. G-d willing it will help our Q!

Replied by Joyce Ann
Manila, Philippines

Hi Good Day! I'm joyce from philippines. I have a five months old shitzu puppy and got ill because of parvo. He's ill for almost 4 days and I'm really worried. I've been researching any treatments for parvo virus and I've read this site regarding the amazing result of activated charcoal to a parvo victim. Just want to know if how many activated charcoal do I need for him to take since he is just a five months old? I'm hoping that this charcoal can help my baby coz I dont wanna lose him. Thank you in advance.

Replied by Piper Mom

Just left the vets office with my 4 1/2 month old Red Heeler. Diagnosis is Parvo! They gave her a large dose of fluids and send me home with an antiobotic and anti-nausea meds. Even the vet said she doesn't act like a parvo puppy but the test was positive. She does drink some water but hasn't eaten in 12 hours now. She just threw up for the second time and its only a quarter size flem. No diarrhea. Any suggestions? I'm thinking I need some charcoal but not for sure about the dosing.. Please help,,, This is my baby!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

There is plenty of info on this site for treating parvo. Also give colloidal silver 3x day 10mls, vit c 500gms 2x per day keep the fluid up liquid chicken stock with no salt.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Piper's Mom!

2 tablespoons to 2 cups of pedialyte/electrolyte solution is a general starting point; if that seems too concentrated try 2 teaspoons to 2 cups of pedialyte. Work on getting small amounts down I e 2cc's, not the entire 2 cups at once. Dose often, hourly, and keep your baby warm. Focus on getting the liquids in over feeding/solid food. Please report back!

Posted by Myah (Greensboro, North Carolina) on 09/17/2015
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My dog Sage caught parvo when she was a puppy and we took her to the vet and followed through that procedure the first time. It cost $800 and they said it's still a 50/50 chance of recovery.

Two years later Sage caught it again, she start not eating her food or drinking and throwing up and there was blood in her stool. We knew we couldn't afford it again so I started doing research and I came along activated charcoal.

So we gave it a shot, here's the steps

1) Get activated charcoal in the caps, then get Pedialyte (clear), white rice, beef or chicken broth, and a one ounce syringe

2) You don't want to give them the capsules until they can hold something down so every 30 minutes for two hours give them one ounce of Pedialyte. After they are not throwing up the Pedialyte, break two capsules open and mix it with ounce of Pedialyte and give them this solution every 30minutes for 4hrs

3) Just in case they want to eat or drink, keep water and rice with the broth in their bowl.

4) When they begin to become more active, only give the dosage once a hour and every other hour replace Pedialyte with cold water

5) When they are eating and drinking again and their stool doesn't contain blood and starts hardening up again you can stop the charcoal treatment.

6) Continue the rice and broth 7 days after the symptoms are gone and switch back to dog food.

Sage made a full recovery and is about to turn 3.

Replied by Ruth
Slc Ut

Thanks for letting me how to get Max better.

Replied by Nikki
Rome, Ga

What would a suitable dose of the activated charcoal be for a very small dog? She is 8 weeks old and weighs about a pound and a half. (Half miniature poodle/half yorkie). She tested positive Monday, but started symptoms Friday. She is on amoxicillin and 5ml Gatorade ever hour on the hour. She is actually doing quite well considering, but I want to have this treatment as an option. Thanks.

Replied by B W

Warning! Do not give dogs cold water. It is better to use room temperature water. Especially in summer.

Replied by Jessica
Los Angeles, Ca

Hey I have a question. My 3 month old puppy was diagnosed with parvo yesterday and they started giving him fluids to stop him from dehydration and pills to stop the vomiting. Can I still do this formula while he's still taking the fluids and pills??

Replied by Jessica
Los Angeles, Ca

My puppy (Luke) was diagnosed with pravo yesterday. They started giving him fluids to maintain him hydrated and also pills to keep him from throwing up but my question is can I give him activated charcoal and Pedialyte while he still taking the fluids and pills? Or is it to much that it could cause him death?

Replied by Stephanie

Hi, after you give them the charcoal for 4 hours, what do you do?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

The Original Poster dosed it hourly after the 4 hours of dosing every 30 minutes.

Posted by Kml (Philippines) on 08/14/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Two weeks ago our dog Zoe was not active and didn't have an appetite. The next morning she was vomiting and pooping blood. She was diagnosed with Parvo by the vet and said she had 50/50 chance to live depending on how strong her immune system is. She was immediately given IV fluids to avoid dehydration and IV medications such as anti-emetic drugs and antibiotics.

I fed her every hour with 5cc gatorade. I was losing hope because she was always lethargic and didn't react even if we injected her with medicine. I saw this website and learned about activated charcoal. It was very hard to find activated charcoal here in the Philippines because the drugstores don't usually sell it but I managed to find one in a City nearby.

I mixed the activated charcoal with gatorade as what I have read here, fed her 10cc of the mixture every 2 hours. I wasn't able to sleep for a couple of days but it was all worth it.

Zoe is back to her old self after 7 days of home treatment. Thank you for this article our dog is still alive. Please don't let your dogs suffer this illness and have them vaccinated. Don't give up them because they will never give up on you.

Replied by Cody

Hey. Please help me where can I buy an activated charcoal?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Cody!

Look for Activated Charcoal at your pharmacy, drugstore, or in an aquarium store.

Replied by Kml

Hi Cody!

For us here in the Philippines, what I did was search in for activated charcoal. You can have it picked up or shipped to you.

Replied by Pearl
Carmina Cavite, Philippines

Could you please tell me where you were able to buy the activated charcoal?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Pearl!

I buy mine online/Amazon - but you can also find it in health food stores or if desperate at an aquarium store in larger pellet form that you must grind in to a fine powder before using.

Replied by Codi
5 out of 5 stars

I want to thank everyone on this site. This works. My pit bull was his beath bed. We were losing hope till we found this. We tried everything nothing seemed to be helping. Bought active charcoal

After 2 days my dog is up and walking around. I'm so thankful. We still have a ways to go to get him back up to weight but we are very blessed to still have our dog alive.

Replied by Christelle

Hello! I'd like to ask the measurement you used for the gatorade and activated charcoal. I hope my puppy will recover soon, we lost his sister 2 days ago. Thank you!

Replied by Juliet
Cagayan De Oro, Philippines

Hi, I just want to know where did you bought the activated charcoal? What specific pharmacy? I am desperate right now because its been 3 days that my 2 months puppy is very ill. We check it with our municipal vet and he was given a parvo shot but it does't do anything good to him. He is too weak, he didnt eat, he always vomit and have diarrhea. Since I couldnt find activated charcoal yet, I opt to use apple cider vinegar. Please tell me what specific pharmacy where activated charcoal is available..thank you in advance. GOD BLESS

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Juliet,

If you cannot find it, you could consider making it, that is what I would do in an emergency.

How to Make Charcoal Powder

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Jessica
Los Angeles, Ca

Hello I have a puppy who was diagnosed with parvo on Thursday and I've given him Activated Charcoal mixed with Pedialyte and he keeps throwing it back up. What can I do? Did your pet ever throw the Gatorade mixed with Activated Charcoal back up?

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Hi Jessica, try colloidal silver give 3 times a day - 5mls.

Posted by Carmen (Detroit) on 07/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Omg! After treating my pitt Oreo activated charcoal caps as well as pedialyte through the turkey baster, today he woke up waggin his tail, not throwing up, and ate a some rice!

I'm in tears! It works! I'm gonna keep him on this regimen until he starts eating really good! Thank you all! I didn't give up on my best friend, and you don't either!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Carmen!

I LOVE those pibbles! :-)

Keep Oreo on the activated charcoal for 5-7 days AFTER he seems completely back to normal so he does not have a relapse. Keep feeding him good groceries to build his strength back up.

Posted by Victoria (New Orleans, US) on 12/07/2014
5 out of 5 stars

OMG.. please, , if you havent tried the charcoal with Pedialyte, please do. I would suggest that if your puppy/dog is having trouble holding anything down, don't give it to him/her until you have given an enema of electrolytes.

Here is my story..We were getting a new Papillion and ended up with two, a half brother and sister, after we lost our family dog(a papillion) to trauma about a year ago. Anyhow, they are almost 7 months old and have had all shots but are due their 6 month shots. :( Roux, the male got really sick almost a week ago, it got so bad, the throwing up and diarrhea that I really thought I was going to lose him that nite.. I tried keeping him hydrated..nothing was working. I brought him to the vet and he tested positive for parvo. They said if I didnt bring him to the Animal emergency hospital, he wasnt going to make it. I had no choice, , to the tune of $2,000. Money I really don't have, , he is still there.

Bella, the female began to get sick Friday nite.. I tried everything and was trying to figure out what I could sell to get her into the hospital when I happened upon this site. she was going down.. I tried the enema of pedialyte, she stopped long enough at 4am for me to get to the 24 hour drugstore where I got the charcoal in vitamin form, broke it open and mixed 2 tablespoons with 1 cup of pedialyte. She has not thrown up or had diarrhea since. she is getting up. She still looks like hell but she is not dehydrated and shes moving around. ITS UNBELIEVABLE... but I really believe if theyre not keeping anything down, the enema gave me the ability to get the charcoal in her system to do its thing. I will let you know if anything else changes. I believe its saving her life.. I really do.

Replied by Momndani
Las Vegas, Nevada
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I just wanted to share my story too. Our beloved dog of 11 years passed away this Fall. My mom got us 2 puppies, brother and sister chi-weenies, to help my children with the absence. They seemed like very healthy, energetic pups. About 2 weeks ago, I rescued another pup from a busy street and had him for about 72 hours. They all played so well together. No issues. 5 days after he left, our girl pup started throwing up. (This was two days after Christmas). I made some rice with chicken broth and kept her near the fire...thinking she had eaten a piece of candy or something she shouldn't have. She was dead Sunday morning, only 24 hours after symptoms started. I was shocked! I had not realized how ill she was. I found this site and cried! I wish I had known! Then, Sunday night, little boy started throwing up! I ran immediately over to the nearest Walgreens and bought Charcoal, unflavored pedialyte and a syringe. We started the charcoal about 45 minutes after his first throw up. We tried the 10 ccs, but that made him immediately throw up. So after two episodes, I lowered it to 5 ccs. That did the trick. He stopped throwing up about midnight. By Monday morning, he was trying to drink tiny amounts of pedialyte on his own, and by that afternoon he ate a bit of rice with chicken. He seemed so much better by evening, that we decided to let him sleep all night, rather than keep up the charcoal. That was a mistake. He started throwing up the next morning (today, Tuesday). I immediately gave him 5 ccs of charcoal water...he promptly threw it up, but went over and drank some pedialyte on his own an hour later. Thats a good sign.

Now I know...keep up the charcoal no matter what for the first 48 hours. I just really wanted to thank you for this post! I really appreciate your willingness to share this info so we can help our sweet family members!!!

Replied by Momndani
Las Vegas, Nevada

Update: Tuesday through Tuesday night, we were meticulous with the AC/Pedialyte every 30 minutes (roughly 2cc each time). We also introduced a bit of honey ( a dab) rubbed in his mouth every 2 hours to make sure his blood sugars didn't go low. Diarrhea and vomiting stopped for an hour and a half Tuesday evening. Then mild throw up about every 4th dose. I felt really good and thought, if we could just get him safely to morning he will be fine. My daughter and I stayed up ALL night long, checking him every 15 minutes and giving him his Ac, pedialyte and honey, check his temperature and his overall comfort. I thought all was well. We decided to make breakfast for my family at 8 while he was resting. At 8:15 my daughter asked me to check on him, and I couldn't get a response from him. It was like he was unconscious, but his eyes were open. He was still breathing and warm. She picked him up immediately, wrapped in a blanket, and panickly tried to get him to respond. He did a couple of times. He passed away about an hour later, New Year's Eve morning, in her arms. I felt so helpless! I will definitely not pick up another rescue from the streets. I hate Parvo!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Aww, Momndani :-(

I am sorry for the loss of your babies.

Replied by Nicole
Lake Station

How do I give an enema of activated charcoal and Pedialyte to my chihuahua, I can't even find anything in pet stores to give an enema to my dog?

Replied by Amy
West Plains, Missouri

How long does it take for the activated charcoal mixture to work?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Amy!

It depends - on the particular dog or puppy, on how long the symptoms were present before treatment began and the current condition of the pet.

Replied by Landm

How much AC should I give a 5 pound Maltese and how often? TY

Replied by Stephanie
Long Beach

Hello, my dog is having trouble keeping anything down, how often should I give him the enema?

Replied by Dottie Atwater

Please, please don't hesitate to rescue a dog from the street again. Any puppy can get parvo.

Posted by Blondy (Trinidad, Wi) on 11/22/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you all for the help. I did the activated charcoal in electrolytes and it worked on my 2 and a half month old blue pitt bull. Thanks so much, he is back to his self.

Posted by Josh (San Antonio, Texas) on 06/19/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Sandi
Nevada, US

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.

Replied by Rebekah
Oklahoma City

I have a 7 week old pitbull puppy he about 8 pounds, he's showing every sign of parvo and its hitting him quick. I need to know how much activated carbon I should give him with water and gatorade?

Replied by Mae Angeles

Hi.. My 3 months old puppy has been lethargic this morning and vomitted twice.. He hasn't eaten the whole day.. I am not sure if he is showing symptoms of Parvo or distemper. But I have read this thread and I am wondering if the electrolyte with activated charcoal would also help solve distemper issue.. Please help. We have lost a puppy due to parvo.. Please.. I don't want to lose another baby and I am definitely sure my mom will be depressed if we lose Coby..

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey May Angeles!

If this were my puppy I would not hesitate to give him the AC & electrolyte solution -and right away. If your puppy is not acting right, and you suspect parvo or distemper - go with your gut and begin treating right away.

Replied by Mae
5 out of 5 stars

Hi there!!! Thank you for your response. Yesterday we started giving him the apple cider vinegar solution, seen slight change on him. This morning we gave the electrolyte solution with AC.. He seems to start recuperating by drinking a lot of water on his own again.. Yay!! Thank you so much!! I hope he gets well continuously. I will share this and your page to all my friends. :)

Posted by Pamela (Austin, Texas) on 05/20/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Andrea (Austin,Tx) on 04/02/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Activated charcoal worked with my 2 and half yr old australian shep pup who had parvo.

Replied by Ruby M

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):

Replied by Tiffyb1414
Durant, Ok

Switch to's in the baby section at any grocery store. It will help her tremendously. Keep us updated!

Replied by Denise
Vancouver, B.C.

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

Replied by Alena
San Diego

Thank you for hope, we are $10000 in medical bills at this point and this is giving us hope. We bought the dog with Parvo. We had him for 1 1/2 day before he went to the hospital. We are now going with this treatment. Thank you for shearing your story. Sorry about my English it my 5 language.

Replied by Rhonda

How often do I give this activated charvo with the recipe to my puppy he is 4weeks old an has parvo.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Rhonda!

Sorry to hear about your pup :(

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.

To start, dose the plain electrolyte solution every 20 minutes or so - however much he will take - to combat the dehydration. Every 2 hours or so dose the AC and electrolyte mixture - however much you can get down. You don't state the breed of your pup, so a Chihuahua might get 2 cc's while a pitbull might get four times that. Now, a 4 week old puppy would normally have 4-6 solid food meals or more since he should still be nursing on his mom. So offer your pup the wet AC and electrolyte loaded food at least 4 times a day for 5 days and up to 7 days. In the early stages it is critical to get the electrolytes and AC down, so if he won't eat canned food don't force him, just focus on getting the electrolytes and AC down for the first 24-48 hours.

Please report back on the progress of your sick pup!

Posted by Jazzii09 (Sydney, Australia) on 10/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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!!!

Replied by Angel
Los Lunas Nm

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.

Replied by Juwilin

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. :(

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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!

Replied by Juwilin

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.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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.

Replied by Juwilin

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. :(

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada

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

Replied by Catrina
Lakeland, FL

Where can I get the activated charcoal, and how do I mix it for my dog

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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.

Replied by Cherisse
South Africa

hi,vwhen you used MMS with parvo, what protocol did you use?? for how long?? with a viral life threatening infection you have to dose for 8 hours for 3 weeks..I used CDS with distemper and it worked wonders. I use it on myself as well.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Cherisse!

This thread may provide the answers you seek:

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Cherisse, South Africa --- MMS for parvo. It has cured a dog by just giving a few drops for three days and he was fine at day three. I buy my vegan supplies from Real Raw Food and they are giving this info about their dog at the bottom of their products line. I bought MMS from them. They are trustworthy people.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Becca
Reidsville, NC

How much activated charcoal do I give my 8 pound Chihuahua??

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Becca!

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.

Posted by Jasmine (Australia) on 10/12/2013

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

Replied by Hennie
Pretoria, South Africa
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

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.

Posted by Jeanine (Heavener, Ok Usa) on 04/02/2013

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.

Replied by Ann
Olivehurst, Ca

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?

Replied by Jeanine
Heavener , Ok Usa

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.

Replied by Cc
Phoenix, Arizona

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.

Replied by Jane
1 posts

Everyone who is struggling with this dreadful puppy-killer virus - there is a way. No-one is trying to kill the infections that are really what takes the puppy down. Stopping the vomiting and diarrhoea is not what is needed as the body is trying to reject the virus - this is normal. Rehydration every hour with an electrolyte solution is critical - enemas are the way to get that hydration level up. The best answer is to use 2 products which saved my puppies - Amber Technologies in the US that provide Paxxin (formerly Parvaid) and Vibactra Plus - both powerful herbal formulas the second being the antibiotic. Link to www.wolfcreekranch which is in the US also and follow their tried and tested protocol. It saved my babies and taught me all I need to know about this virus. the one puppy that ended in the vet - died. Mine - no! If ever one of my puppies (and I am a breeder) shows any sign of sickness then I run to these 2 remedies for prevention. Do your babies a favour - but be prepared for on the hour every hour. Good luck

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Jane!

I am so happy you found a cure for your pups and were able to save their lives!

I found your post fascinating and had to do some research to understand both the products you recommend and your advice.

I must disagree, however, that stopping the nausea and diarrhea is not needed; reducing those natural symptoms to this virus act to help keep the puppy hydrated. It is the dehydration - not the virus - that kills by causing organ failure; I just LOVE your advice for the enema to accomplish the rehydration process.

I had to google the products you recommended; the Bactra plus is not technically an antibiotic; by strict definition, the word “antibiotic” refers to substances produced by microorganisms that act against another microorganism. The Bactra plus contains "antimicrobial agents" which while not microorganisms themselves act against all types of microorganisms. The Black Seed [Black Cumin] in the Bactra Plus is a very powerful antimicrobial agent; when compared to the usual run of antibiotics [Amoxicillin et al] on 144 strains of superbugs 97 were inhibited by the Black Seed oil. Both of the products you recommend boost the immune system -I love these products! But what I don't like is the $72.00 price tag that accompanies them, and the shipping time that accompanies them, as they do not appear to be OTC at my local drug store; as you know a delay in treatment could mean the death of a puppy, so time is very critical when treating a parvo pup. What I can find at hand and no need to shop online, and rather inexpensively at that, is activated charcoal at my drug store and pet stores. So while I think your product recommendation is great, I do think for the bloke with pockets to let that the AC is a more instantly accessible remedy, and along with the hydration you recommend [via a home made electrolyte solution] via oral or enema is a more accessible remedy for the average Joe.

I love your idea for having these two products around for any breeder or rescue! But for the average Joe who brought their new puppy home last week and now finds they have a sick puppy and is faced with mounting vet bills and maxed out credit cards and are in tears of desperation, the AC and home made electrolytes are live savers also.

Posted by Ortizse (Chino, Ca, Usa) on 03/08/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!!

Posted by Melissa (Apple Valley, Ca) on 10/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Re: Charcoal for Parvo

I just got some charcoal 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.

Posted by Zaylow22 (College Park, Georgia) on 09/03/2012

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.

Replied by Chelle
Clovis, Ca, United States

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.

Replied by Michelle
Chicago, Il

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.

Replied by Chelle
Clovis, Ca

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.

Replied by Anonymous
Los Angeles, Ca

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.

Replied by Randy

How much activated charcoal do I add to a Pedialyte mixture I already have like how many teaspoons charcoal to how many cups Pedialyte?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Randy!

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. Thin if this is too thick for your dog to swallow easily. Depending on the size of the puppy/dog, for a smaller breed or tiny pup, you might consider 2 cc's of the pedialyte every 20 minutes, and then 2cc's of the AC/electrolyte mixture every 2 hours for 6-8 hours/first night.