Parvo in Dogs: Natural Cures for the Parvo Virus

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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.


Replied by Koni
Texas
05/19/2013

How much do u mix?

Replied by Anna
Hemet
06/02/2013

How much of the carbon did you use to mix with the gaterade?

Replied by Randy
Cincinnati
01/11/2014

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
01/11/2014

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.

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
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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.

Replied by Linda
Tucson, Az
07/27/2016

How can you give him the charcoal, if the pup doesn't want to drink on his own?


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

Replied by Adriana
Texas
05/17/2015

Hello I have a 3 month Chihuahua and I think it may be having symptoms of parvo.. Can someone please tell me what exact charcoal I can safely give him....????? PLEASE HELP....!!!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
05/18/2015

Hey Adriana!

Start small - mix up 1 teaspoon in to 1 cup of broth and shake well to mix and see if he will tolerate that. The key is to dose often so he does not get dehydrated.


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

Replied by Susan
Calera, Oklahoma
05/21/2011

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

THANKS, Sassy momma Susan.

Replied by Susan
Calera, Oklahoma
05/21/2011

ok I just gave miss Sassy charcoal in beef broth and she already got sick I hope that she keep enough down to help wish me luck.

Replied by Misschris
Nolanville, Tx
05/31/2011

How is Sassy doing? Here is a very interesting article on home remedy for parvo

http://parvohomeremedy.com/

Replied by Tyler
San Jacinto, Ca
05/05/2012

Hello everyone I just wanted to thank everyone who posted about the activated charcoal and my buddy Tank thanks you to I spent the day at the vet for them to tell me tank had gotten parvo. I was already giving him the pedialyte cuz he wouldnt eat or drink I didnt know what else to do other then keeping him hydrated then I found this site about the charcoal and thought I had to try it so I ran out and found them came home and mixed it with water like everyone said and fed it to him with a baby dropper he kept it down and a few hours later I gave it to him again and like others had said you could see a diffrence in him with in hours and today he is eating well and seems happy im gonna put a little bit in his water bowl just to be on the safe said I never post on anything but I really felt I needed to thank all of you for the info so thanks again from Tank and Tyler ill post in a few days to let you know how its going thanks again.

Replied by Courtney
Bradford, Ontario
06/05/2012
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My 9 month old dog was diagnosed with parvo on Sunday night. His symptoms started on Friday, when we came home from work and found he had vomited every where. He continued to vomit periodically throughout Friday evening. On Saturday, he did not vomit, but did have some diarrhea (no blood), however by this time he would not eat or drink anything (not even table scraps! ), which is completely out of character. Also at 9 months, he is almost always full of energy and life, so when he started sleeping constantly, and acting depressed, we knew something was up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Minaa
Fort Worth, Tx
06/19/2012

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


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Posted by Annalisa (Ca) on 07/08/2016

Hello everyone thank you for all the information but I keep hearing pedialyte and activated charcoal but not the dosage or amounts will someone please specify Thank you very much.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
07/08/2016

A good rule of thumb is to make a few cups of the pedialyte solution and add 2 tablespoons of the Activate charcoal powder and then shake like the dickens. Try to get as much down your pet as you possibly can, bit by bit over time. Don't stop if you see improvement, keep it up and continue dosing the AC in your pet's food for 2 weeks after he appears recovered.


Posted by Theresa Donate
(Mpls., Mn) on 07/30/2014
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Responding to 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?

You can find Activated Charcoal (AC) at your local drug store; aquariums stores have some in a pinch, but it's 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. If you can't find Pedialyte or Gatorade, 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!

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 Donate

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 Donate

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 Donate

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.


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 Donate

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 Donate

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.


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Posted by Anne (Makati City) on 09/21/2016
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For pet owners residing in Metro Manila, Philippines, you can buy activated charcoal capsules from a tenant inside Shopwise Pasong Tamo, Makati city. The tenant is selling herbal/alternative medicines, tea and coffee. Price is P250 per bottle. I think other mall tenants like this are selling activated charcoal in other outlets. I lost my 2 babies buchi and boggart to parvo and it was heartbreaking.


Posted by Theresa Donate
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For those looking to find activated charcoal to use in gatorade or pedialyte to treat parvo, you can buy activated charcoal at most pharmacies or drug stores - just ask if you do not see it. You may also find it at whole food co-ops or natural stores OR at any fish/pet store - though the type from the fish store needs to be ground into a fine powder before you can use it.


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Posted by May (Providence, Ri) on 08/04/2015

Hi, I have a 3 1/2 month old Yorkshire named Max and he was diagnosed with Parvo. Unfortunately, I do not have the money to have him hospitalized but I came across an Activated Charcoal and pedialyte solution on this site and I was wondering what the dosage for Max would be. He weighs 3 pounds. Please help me, I am desperate.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
08/05/2015

Hey May!

Mix up the solution for the doggy pedialyte and add 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal to 1 cup of the pedialyte and shake well. Then use a syringe [just the plastic part, no needle] to measure and try to get 3cc's down your puppy every hour. Keep him warm and just get him to take a small amount every hour. If he perks up keep at it. I would keep up the hourly dosing as much as possible for the next 3 days - and if he shows signs of a recovery then continue to dose the A/C but mix it in soft canned food - 1 teaspoon to 1 small can of dog food - and feed that for the next 7 - 10 days. Keep feeding the A/C even if he looks 100% recovered.

Please report back!


Posted by Ae (Philippines) on 01/13/2015

hi to all, may ask if this activated charcoal with pedialyte can be use as part of my dog diet, just to avoid this parvo.

thanx

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
01/13/2015

Hey Ae!

Parvo is typically an affliction for puppies, though it has been seen in immune compromised adults.

I keep Activated Charcoal on hand *just in case* of Parvo for my puppies, but also any time they have loose stools.

You certainly could feed it daily as a prophylaxis, but it may be.. over the top.

What I certainly would recommend is building up the immune system by supplementing on a rotating basis: Vitamin C, kelp, spirulina - and anything else you find that might apply. It is important to rotate the supplements as any supplement when given long term on a daily basis will result in that particular supplement losing effectiveness.

Replied by Joseph
Denver, Co, Usa
06/07/2015

My dog was just diagnosed with parvo he won't eat n ain't holding down liquids he's already down to 25to30 pounds. I don't know wutt to do u can't afford to keep him in the hospital. So I need as much info ASAP. I don't wanna lose my friend.

Replied by Michelle
Pasadena Ca
06/07/2015

gGod luck. You need calories. I have heard people having success with baby food, plain Greek yougurt. No more than a teaspoon per 30 minutes. The old remedies that applied to us as kids. Once he is keeping something down, you can gradually increase the volume very slowly. Also stay away for baby food with grain - sweet potato is a good option. Once things are staying down for 24 hours, try boiled chicken but only in small quanties. good luck, parvovirus is a very nasty disease.

Replied by Tania
Australia
06/07/2015

Hi there, Our dog got parvo, I gave her echinacea tincture, I think it was half an eye dropper. I didn't really measure though, I just wanted her better. She was really skinny and there was blood in her vomit and poo. I hope this may help.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
06/08/2015

Hey Joseph!

There are a few things you can do.

Dehydration is the main killer of dogs that contract parvo - so see if your vet will sell you/supply you with a couple of bags of saline solution and the tubing and needle kit so that you can administer liquids under the skin should your dog become dehydrated.

Pepto-bismol will help coat the inflamed stomach lining and inflamed intestine lining; dose 1/2 teaspoon every hour to 2 hours.

Activated charcoal can help draw out the disease from the intestines; see if you can get your dog to take some activated charcoal in broth or better yet pedialyte solution [NOT gatorade]. You want a solution that will provide electrolytes - you can google up home made pedialyte formulas for dogs. Make a thin solution of activated charcoal and the electrolyte solution and do your best to get him to take a few drops at a time.

If you can get the pepto down, along with the AC/electrolyte solution you will be doing good. Check frequently for dehydration and hydrate if needed. Don't worry so much about getting him to eat food at this point, just get the pepto, AC and electrolytes down.

If he starts to perk up do not stop - keep it up. You may be able to cut back from every 2 hours to every 4 hours dosing the remedies, but keep it up for the next few days. If he regains his appetite you can feed him soft canned food but add the AC to this - keep dosing the AC for at least a week after he seems fully recovered.

Good luck and please report back!

Replied by Bonnie
Brookfield, Mo
06/09/2016

I REALLY need help here.. I have read through what everyone has said and have the Activated charcoal, Pepto, Pedialyte and apple cider vinegar and these poor pups keep dropping .. I am keeping them hydrated every 15 minutes unless they vomit or potty and then I give more fluids (hydrate) but for whatever reason they are not responding to this.. Last night I had two cross the rainbow bridge within 1 1/2 hours of each other and their brother crossed 2 days before that. I have steadily been on the remaining 3 but cannot seem to get them pulled through..someone PLEASE HELP ..any other suggestions??? I am not giving up on any of them and my heart is broken beyond words

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
06/10/2016

Hey Bonnie!

If these were my puppies I would only give the pedialyte and activated charcoal and perhaps pepto. Are you sure they are hydrated? Try the skin pull test to check [google to find out how]. My thoughts would be they simply are not getting enough or keeping enough liquids to stay hydrated. One contributor gave their puppy saline solution [the sterile kind for contact lenses] under the skin with a hypodermic needle and syringe. My preference would be to take them to the vet for hydration, but I would try the saline in a pinch.

Other thoughts: are you keeping them warm? If puppies are not warm they cannot digest or absorb nutrients. Make sure they are warm; 4 week old pups should be kept at about 75 degrees F.

Please report back!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia
06/10/2016

Please try collidial silver 5mls 3x a day.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia
06/11/2016

Bonnie, just an afterthought... It wouldn't hurt to give a extra dose colloidal silver 5mls before you go to bed either. Are you giving them vitamin c?


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Posted by Barbara Ann Daca (South Lake, Ca) on 02/13/2014
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Two weeks ago I received two german shephard puppies. They had diarrhea and were completely dehydrated.They were raised outside and You could see ribs and hip bones. By this time at eight weeks several of the litter had died. I was completely unfamilar with parvo but grew up on a farm. I mixed a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with the mother in their water and gave them treats of carrots rolled in peanut butter. In two days you could not tell they were the same dogs! Now two weeks later they are fat and happy and healthy with bright shiny coats! This week raw pumpkin for worms or unseen parasites. I would just like you to pass it on. Ps. Love your site!

Replied by Thankful
Arizona, US
05/17/2014
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I just want to say thank you for the information. My 3 month old dog who only weighs 2 pounds and will only grow to about 5 pounds was showing signs of Parvo. Because I had just recently had a Pit Bull who had the same symptoms I knew it was Parvo. With my Pit Bull I took him to the vet and spent money on IV's and antibiotics to get him well. I did not have the money this time around to do the same thing so I came online and found this website. I mixed a combination of a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, two table spoons of Activated carbon, Water and Pedialyte into a 16.9oz bottle of water. I began giving the solution to her every two hours. Because it was around 2 in the morning I was only able to give her two doses of that and in between I gave her one dose of just 50/50 Pedialyte and water. When I woke up this morning the baby who was not drinking or eating, throwing up and would not move was waiting on the edge of the couch wagging her tail and waiting for me to put her on the floor. She immediately ran to her bowl and began drinking and eating on her own. I am so grateful to all of you who shared your stories. What could have cost me hundreds of dollars only cost about $25 total and she is back to running around and playing with her best buddy the Bugga the Pit Bull. I will be forever grateful for the advise I received on this site.

Replied by Emily
Frankfort, Ky
05/24/2015

How many times a day?


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Posted by Ess Mom (Sothern Wi) on 12/13/2014
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I woke this morning to two of my 7 week old litter of 5 Springers not looking so hot. I found bloody stools in the pen. I stared giving them a Pedialyte solution with some honey and ACV in it. Took them to the Vet. He gave them a shot and me some meds. to start tomorrow. Told me to keep giving them the Pedilayte every 10 min or so. He didn't know why I was giving them ACV and said not to give them any more honey. When I got home two more were kind of droopy. Stared them on the Pedilayte. Also mixed in some Diatomaceous Earth. Called my husband and asked him to bring home some Charcoal. He is not home yet but all of the pups are up and around and playing like they were never sick. Still plan on giving them the Charcoal when hubby gets home. My question is how long should I give this to them. They have stared to eat some oatmeal, boiled hamburger with some cottage cheese and yogurt mixed with some pedilayte. Last time someone went to the bathroom the stool was very soft but not runny. Should I give the pills to the two that I took to the vet. or return them. Those two are doing amazing. One you would not even know she was sick this morning.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
12/14/2014

Hey ESSMom!

If this were my litter I would dose the activated charcoal with each feeding for 7 days - even if the puppies look like they are fully recovered, I would keep up with the AC for 7 days. If they are taking food just fine I would be OK discontinuing the electrolytes. The DE likely will have little effect on ascarids - consider the usual wormer from your vet if you have not had them on a regular worming schedule. The ACV won't hurt; no all vets are savvy about alternative approaches, so your vet's confusion while frustrating is understandable. You might consider finding a holistic vet down the road.

Good luck with your litter and please report back!

Replied by Lexus
Wichita
03/05/2016

I have a dachshund mix & I've been giving her pedialyte & liqified food, I saw that I could mix ACV w/ Pedialyte But I Don't Know The Right Doses, Usually I've Been Giving Her 4 3mL Of Pedialyte every other hour or 2 3mL Every hour. I Don't Want To Give Her Too Much. She's About 30 Or 35 Pound (Guessing) she seems to be getting a lil bit of energy but I'm not necessarily sure. Please help!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
03/05/2016

Hello Lexus,

3 ml sounds way too little for a 30 pound puppy - you want to keep her hydrated, so give her as much as she will take; you cannot over do it.

Rather than trying the ACV I would focus on getting activated charcoal into your pup. Please read the entire section as you will learn where to buy it and how to mix it into the food.


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Posted by Jose (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/20/2013
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In two different occasions we have used dried arnica herb (usually in supermarkets near hispanic herbs) to treat for parvo, dogs are usually well in days. Boil a few pinches of arnica in couple quarts of water, strain let cool replace dogs water with this.

Also great for bursitis, bumps, bruises & swelling, use as hot compress.



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