Parvo in Dogs: Natural Cures for the Parvo Virus

Last Modified on Dec 14, 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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Posted by Victoria (New Orleans, US) on 12/07/2014

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Josh (San Antonio, Texas) on 06/19/2014

[YEA]  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
07/22/2014
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
07/29/2014
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 Theresa
Mpls., Mn
07/30/2014
Hey Rebecca!

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 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.

Dose him 10cc every 2-4 hours for the first 48 hours.

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.

It is key to understand that the virus generally does not kill the dog - its the resulting dehydration that does the damage - so make sure you get those electrolytes down.

If he is taking food and appears to be bouncing back after the first regime of 48 hours, 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.

Good luck and please keep us posted!

Please keep us posted! "

Replied by Marybeth
Ontario, CA
09/04/2014
I have made the AC mixture with clear, unflavored Pedialyte and each time I give it to my puppy, he promptly vomits it back up.

What am I doing wrong?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
09/04/2014
Hey Marybeth!

You may be doing everything right; it is just that your puppy cannot keep it down because he is ill.

Consider giving him an OTC anti nausea remedy such as kaopectate. Dose this and wait before trying the AC/pedialyte.

Keep an eye out for dehydration; use the pinch test to check: Pinch with two fingers the skin on the scruff or back of your pup's neck and pull it up, so it forms a tent or peak -and then let go. It should *snap* right back rapidly. If it slowly sinks back down or takes a few seconds to settle back down then your puppy is dehydrated.

If you are dealing with dehydration your best bet is to see the vet. Some EC contributors have had success using sterile saline solution for contact lenses and injecting it under the skin with a hypodermic needle and syringe to re-hydrate a parvo pup, but again the best thing to do might be to see the vet if you are dealing with a dehydrated pup.

Replied by Brittany
Alabama, US
10/28/2014
So Sunday morning my pup was fine, but Sunday night I came home and he had nothing to do with his food or water. Same for Monday morning. Immediately took him to the vet even though he was not vomiting and had diarrhea only once, and found out he has parvo. I have been giving him Pedia lite every hour. He recently has started throwing up-Tuesday night- it's not too late to try the activated charcoal is it?
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/29/2014
Hey Brittany!

You sure could try the AC - can't hurt, might help a lot.

Given that your puppy has been ill since Sunday I would also keep the vet informed as emergency care may be needed. If your puppy becomes dehydrated you should see the vet immediately.

Replied by Hilda
San Antonio, Texas
11/02/2014
How much Gatorade and pedialyte do mix with the activated charcoal? My blue pit is only 4months old.
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/02/2014
Hey Hilda!

Try 1 tablespoon into 4 cups of pedialyte and see how he tolerates it from there. If he cannot keep liquids down he is at risk of dehydrating - google on how to test for dehydration. If he becomes dehydrated you have an emergency and should see your vet. Some anti-nausea meds - Immodium and other over the counter meds may help. If he is still interested in food you could mix 1/2 tablespoon of AC into 1 cup of dog food and see if he tolerates that. Dose him frequently, and keep him warm and clean.

Replied by Deanna
Mesa, Az
11/14/2014
Do you remember how much Gatorade and Pedialyte to the activated charcoal ratio was? And how is your dog today?
Replied by Blondy
Trinidad, Wi
11/22/2014
Thank you all for the help. I did the activated charcoal and it worked on my 2 and a half month old blue pitt bull. Thanks so much, he is back to his self.
Replied by Mae Angeles
Philippines
11/27/2014
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
Mpls., Mn
11/27/2014
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 Angeles
Philippines
11/28/2014
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. :)
Replied by Mae
Philippines
11/28/2014
[YEA]   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 Andrea (Austin,Tx) on 04/02/2014

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

Replied by Ruby M
Stockton
05/02/2014
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
05/03/2014
Pedialyte...it's in the baby section at any grocery store. It will help her tremendously. Keep us updated!
Replied by Denise
Vancouver, B.C.
05/03/2014
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 Pamela
Austin, Texas
05/20/2014
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.
Replied by Monty
Bakersfield California
06/05/2014
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.

Replied by Shayla
Abilene, Tx
11/12/2014
My 2 year old great dane was diagnosed with parvovirus on Sunday. It is now Wednesday. She has been at the emergency vet clinic for 4 days. They tell me she is doing well, and then a couple of hours later, they tell me she has diarrhea and is vomiting again. They have her on IV fluids and she is being kept warm. They won't allow me to see her because I could spread the virus throughout the clinic, they have her in isolation. I can't keep paying hundreds of dollars a day to keep her there and I really want her to know that she is loved and I would love to be able to pet her. Should I bring her home and try the pedialyte and activated charcoal on her? What would be the correct amount to give her for a dog her weight and size (85 lbs)? How often should I give it to her?
Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia
11/12/2014
I would also consider vitamin c and collidial silver as well. Good luck.

Posted by Bianca (Oahu, Hawaii) on 11/16/2013

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?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/16/2013
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!

Replied by America
Arizona, US
05/10/2014
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?
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
05/10/2014
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.

Replied by Jennie
Ontario, CA
08/30/2014
We have a 55-60 yellow lab mix we are needing to treat for parvo. What is the dosage for the activated charcoal/pedialyte a dog her size?
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
08/30/2014
Hey Jennie!

If your dog has good appetite, try 1/c cup into a large can of dog food - this for one meal, and I would feed at least 3x day spaced out and be sure to offer a bowl of electrolyte for her to drink as she wishes.

If your dog is not eating well, try 2 tablespoons into 1-2 cups of electrolyte solution and use a syringe to get him to drink - do this 6x day spaced out. Monitor to make sure your dog is staying hydrated.

Posted by Jazzii09 (Sydney, Australia) on 10/17/2013

[YEA]  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
Mpls., Mn
10/17/2013
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
10/21/2013
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 Richie
Arteisa Ca
11/03/2013
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
Replied by Juwilin
Philippines
11/14/2013
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
Mpls., Mn
11/14/2013
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
Philippines
11/18/2013
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
Mpls., Mn
11/19/2013
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
Philippines
11/22/2013
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
11/26/2013
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
06/07/2014
Where can I get the activated charcoal, and how do I mix it for my dog
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
06/07/2014
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
08/19/2014
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
Mpls., Mn
08/19/2014
Hey Cherisse!

This thread may provide the answers you seek:

http://www.earthclinic.com/pets/parvo2.html#mmsac

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
08/19/2014
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
10/13/2014
How much activated charcoal do I give my 8 pound Chihuahua??
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/13/2014
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
10/13/2013
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/13/2013
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:

http://www.dalmatianrescue.org/info/parvo.pdf

More on the "crud": http://www.dogstuff.info/dog_show_crud.html

More on campylobacter: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_multi_campylobacteriosis#.Ulra0N4o7b0

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

Posted by Cc (Phoenix, Arizona) on 05/14/2013

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?

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

Posted by Clozano (Amarillo, Tx, Randall) on 04/15/2013

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.

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

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
04/02/2013
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
04/03/2013
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
05/14/2013
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.

Posted by Ortizse (Chino, Ca, Usa) on 03/08/2013

[YEA]  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!!!!

Replied by Mariah
Fresno
06/04/2013
Where did you buy the activated charcoal?
Replied by Chiffonr
Houston, Tx
06/05/2013
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.

Replied by R.i.p. Pandaa
Port Arthur Texas, Texas
06/20/2013
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!
Replied by Margarita
E.g. Los Angeles, Ca
08/02/2013
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.
Replied by Vickie
Winston, Nc
08/04/2013
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.

Posted by Tracy (Bakersfield, Ca Usa) on 11/01/2012

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!!

Replied by Edgar
Tampa, Fl
11/26/2012
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.
Replied by Sam
Duck Springs, Al
02/16/2013
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...
Replied by Lori Zak
Kamloops, Bc, Canada
02/17/2013
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)).
Replied by Carol
Asheville, Nc
02/17/2013
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.
Replied by Carol
Asheville, Nc
02/17/2013
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.
Replied by Epona
Pompano Beach, Florida
02/20/2013
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.

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
10/11/2012
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?
Replied by Melissa
Apple Valley, Ca
10/13/2012
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.
Replied by Chelle
Clovis, Ca, United States
10/13/2012
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
10/17/2012
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
10/17/2012
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 Luvnlaogrl
Fresno, Ca
10/29/2012
How much and how many times should I give for my 10 wk old puppy?
Replied by Anonymous
Los Angeles, Ca
11/29/2012
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.

Posted by Button (Pine Grove, La) on 02/20/2012

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!

Replied by Billy
Macon, Ga
03/18/2012
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.
Replied by Debbie
Sun Prairie, Wi
03/22/2012
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

Posted by Catherine (Greenville, Sc) on 07/15/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Posted by Scorpioempress (Ridgecrest, Ca) on 05/02/2011

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Jon
Ridgecrest, Ca
05/04/2011
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...
Replied by Monica
San Antonio, Tx
05/17/2012
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 .....

Replied by Om Sairam
Hope, Bc, Canaada
06/12/2013
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


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