Natural Parvo Treatment for Dogs

| Modified on Nov 11, 2023
Apple Cider Vinegar, Activated Charcoal
Posted by James P (Raleigh, Nc) on 02/01/2017

I normally do not write reviews, but I had to on here. This forum literally saved my pup's life. I have a 2 1/2 month old Pit/Black Lab mix. He contracted parvo from a previous puppy we had which died of parvo after being around 6 weeks old. The first pup deficated on my carpet and I cleaned it up but not with disinfectant like I should of. Mainly because of my lack of knowledge about the virus. When we brought the new pup (Cali) in he was bouncing around running around like a normal puppy would. Until a little over a week ago he started showing light symptoms of what the previous pup had until it drastically went south. We found out that Cali had worms. We took him to the vet to check for the parvo the following day after noticing the worms in his stool and he was strong positive for the parvo virus, hookworms, and roundworms. The vet told us that its not looking good because Cali had been refusing food, water, and he was lethargic and lost a lot of weight to the point where he was just skin and bones. Just off of the parvo test, we was already down $100 and we had limited funds. So we received the meds for the worms.

At that point we force fed him the meds for the worms and we started looking home remedies for the parvo since we didnt have money for what he needed from the vet. So after talking to friends that familiar with the virus, we was told to force feed him baby food, Apple Cider Vinegar with chicken broth and going behind that with gatorade to replenish his electrolytes but everything kept coming up. We went back 2-3 days later to the vet to get him an IV and a shot for the weak stomach which was around $35.

After that point his stomach was fine to keep fluids and food down which was good. I took a chance and came across this forum and seen the charcoal tablets and at this point he was showing no change in his status, so I went out to the vitamin shoppe and got Charcoal Tablets from Nature's Way.

I cracked 2 of the pills open and added to his gatorade, stirred, and force fed that along with baby food and gatorade every 2-3 hours. That was around noon on Sunday, by 7 pm that night he started walking around a little bit more and I did a test and gave him a little bit of his hard puppy food and he started eating some of it on his own.

Although he was coming along better, I still fed him the tablets and the gatorade throughout the night and by the next morning he was almost back to normal. It is now 3 days later and he is now back to biting on things and people lol and eating and drinking on his own. The worms are gone and all of his energy is back along with his weight. Thank you guys so much for posting your best practices on here because it really helped!

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Brandi (Ohio) on 07/14/2016

Parvo healed:

Using food grade hydogen peroxide kills parvo. Put 3 drops in a dog's big bowl of water.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Martha (Tn) on 06/18/2017

I lost two puppies to parvo but I could not give up. I got Nugget on June 8 2017 and she was fine, but started her on Parvo-K June 12 I took her to the vet for her first shot and to be wormed. She became very sick with parvo that night. I add the active charcoal, Apple Cider Vinegar and pediatric electrolyte w zinc. I used 1 table spoon of charcoal, 1 teaspoon of Vinegar and 1cup of electrolyte. Started every hour for 4 hours. Then every 2 hours till she stop vomiting and returned to almost normal. She now on the mix every 5 hours. She is eating and going to the bathroom normally. I think we are over the worst. THANK YOU for all of the help, your information saved her life and my heart.

Oil of Oregano
Posted by Wildfiah (Baltimore, Md) on 06/12/2013

This really works!! Over the past week or so, our 4 month old puppy's appetite had been finicky. Monday evening he started to vomit - clear and a bit foamy. He wouldnt eat or drink. My daughter researched the symptoms and suspected parvo. We got a bottle of Pepto the same night and gave him some. He didn't keep it down and vomitted through the night. First thing Tuesday morning we got a bottle of Oil of Oregano from a health food store for $10 and gave him about 5 drops every 4 hours. By the end of the day, he was drinking a little water with Gatorade and last night he ate some yogurt. This morning (Tuesday) he ate some dog treats and drank a little milk. We found out yesterday it really was parvo because our next door neighbor's dog died Sunday with the same thing. We are grateful for this website because it saved our puppy's life. Thank you all for your comments.

Vaccinations Prevent Parvo
Posted by Tammy (New Mexico) on 09/28/2016

my daughters dog is 6 months old has had 4 sets of shots including parvo. as I type this she is fighting for her life at the vet with parvo. She has been sick for 2 days but we never thought of parvo because she had all of her shots. So I guess dogs can get it even if they are vaccinated by a vet.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Nancy Cogar (Jacksonville Fl) on 11/11/2013

My neighbors dog had her litter of puppies and the puppies contracted the parvo-virus, one puppy had died. He was desperate to find a natural cure due to the fact that the vet bill would have been staggering for 7 puppies. He searched the web to find a natural cure and kept finding that colloidal silver helps cure parvo. He called me, knowing that I make colloidal silver. I treated all the puppies and the next morning they were up and playing and eating again.. My neighbor and I were both quite shocked at the sudden turn around. I continued to treat the puppies for a week.

The silver was 70 to 100 PPM
Given twice a day for a week
Feed canned wet food, since parvo dehydrates

Oil of Oregano
Posted by Renay (Rockwall, Tx, Usa) on 05/26/2013

My husband has 2 very mild mannered Pit Bulls. It is two sisters. The youngest some how got Parvo or at least we think that is what is was. My husband took her to the Vet but the doctor was out. He had cleaned up blood 3 times. It was coming out of both ends. She wouldnt eat, drink or get up. I had been reading about natural anti-botics so I went to the health food store and brought a bottle of Oil of Oreganol put 2 drops on her tongue and in 3 hours she had gotten up. I feed her some apple sauce (blueberry) and she finally drank some water, we also feed her a can of fish steaks and a can of tuna. The next day we repeated the same process but we added pedialyte. It has been 5 days and she is back to her old self playing and eating up everything.

Goat's Milk, Raw Eggs, Pedialite
Posted by Alenedaymp (Nampa, Idaho) on 08/28/2012

I had a 4 month old pitbull that got diagnosed with parvo the vet gave her an anti-viral shot and sent her home because we couldn't afford to admit her and told us be prepared for her not to make it just make her comfortable. Then some one told us to try mixing a egg and goats milk together and givng via needless syringe very couple hour and pedialite every 15 minutes that way she was getting some protien and calcium along with hydration even though she vomited it up most of the time after 3 days of round the clock care. On christmas eve she started drinking and eating on her own and eventually made a full recovery.

Arsenicum Album, Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 07/27/2022

Hi Trish,

The most commonly known benefit of diatomaceous earth is that it dries the exoskeleton of bugs, as you mention.

That does not exclude it being helpful for viruses, bacteria, and fungi. I believe that the theory is that diatomaceous earth is negatively charged and adsorbs positively charged bacteria, viruses, etc, thus neutralizing them.

Adsorb, by the way, is not the same as absorb. (I think of "adsorb" like "adhere.") Charcoal also works by the process of adsorbtion.

~Mama to Many~

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Angela Darlene Whitaker (Ohio) on 07/16/2018

OMG! OMG! I've lost 3 dogs total to parvo over the last 8 years. (Chihuahuas) Just recently in the last 2 days I lost the 3rd puppy to parvo. Now I have an entire litter of 4 puppies sick with either parvo or distemper! None would eat or drink anything for 3 days! I thought I was going to die from stress! Through trial and error, I have discovered that these things work wonders and I would swear by it. We aren't out of the woods yet but I had to share this because they haven't moved in 3 days. Haven't eaten or drank but a slurp here and there. Vomiting, gagging, diareah.....the whole 9 yards. I went to TSC and the health food store and purchased these things:

*Colloidal Silver/Sovereign Silver

* Nutri-Vet Puppy-Vite (Nutritional Supplement Paste

* GOATS MILK! Puppy formula and real raw goats milk in bottles from the Amish market

* Activated Charcoal and Pepto Bismol

* Pet Natural Care "Kaopectate"

* Pedialyte of course!

Came home, pumped my puppies full of all that! They gobbled down the goat's milk and were immediately up playing within 2 minutes. The one puppy tired out pretty quick. But the other 2 are up roaming around. These dogs had not budged for 3 days! 3 whole days! And they are up playing! And running and drinking water!

Look me up on Facebook, send me a msg if you are in panic mode about your dog! I'll help explain everything I did! I just literally saved the rest of my litter! On a budget of $100.00! I'm seriously pissed I didn't know about these things before! I miss my best friends that passed! So I'm posting this in honor of them to save the life of a dog or puppy or litter!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Lynn (FL) on 02/16/2021

Lost my pup from a a parvo vaccine he was fine and playful before the shot then got full blown parvo wish I had known about this before now. I had to give a new pup the vaccine and same scenario... got symptoms after the vaccine. I came across this site gave him this formula and he is doing ok

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kianamcvicker (Fresno, Ca) on 01/07/2017

My puppy survived Parvo and I couldn't have done it without this site!!! OMG.

List of things I needed:

1- Chart to record everything you're doing. I found that after 24 hrs of everything I was wiped and forgetting what to give him. Keeping a chart was so helpful!!

2 - 2 syringes (1 for Activated Charcoal (AC) solution, 1 for electrolyte solution) the pharmacy at Walmart told me they didn't sell them so they just gave them to me for free. (non needle!)

3 - 4 towels (our pup struggled with sleeping on hard surfaces so we always had a clean one ready to be rotated in when the last one got soiled.)

4 - Puppy pads for quick catch and clean up

5 - Bleach (to clean all surfaces and towels that get soiled on)

6- Colloidal silver with dropper

7 - Activated Charcoal Solution (If you're buying the capped AC I did 1 cup pedialyte, 1 cup purified water, 25 AC capsules opened and poured in solution. Shake before each use) Recipe:

8 - Arsenicum Album from Boiron (2 pellets dissolved in 5 ccs of purified water)

9 - Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

10 - Lots of Electrolyte Solution and left in cage Recipe:

So last week Wed Dec 28th, 2017 our puppy went into SPCA to get its final visit (microchipping & nurturing). Due to scheduling conflicts I couldn't pick him up until the next day. I picked him up and he was erratic. He was super skinny and wanted me, until I picked him up to hold him and then he was clawing me to get down. It was very weird behavior for him. Fast forward to the following Tue Jan 3rd, 2017. He's been doing fine all day. He eats that morning. That night he throws up everything he'd had in his belly. He refuses to eat/drink anything that night. The next day he's back to normal. He's eating, drinking but super lethargic. All he wants to do is snuggle all day. Again, very abnormal behavior from a puppy. At this point we've had him for well over a month (foster then adopted from spca which is why we had to neuter/chip/vaxx up to date). He's 4 months old at this point. Thur he refuses any food. He refused water unless I forced it in with a dropper and he is literally throwing up every 20 mins with yellow mucus diarrhea. I know somethings up so I take him to the vet. Surprise! It's Parvo season!! The vet lets us know that it will cost $1700 for them to tend to him. Theres no cure for Parvo, they've got to ride out the virus. But they wanted to charge extra for different things while he's in there, even though he has a record of every vaccine he's had up to date. In the end we had to refuse them because we didn't have the money. I found this site, my saving grace, and this is the schedule that I came up with:

As soon as we got home from the vet he started bloody diarrhea. For the first hour I did the electrolyte solution. But he didn't hold anything down, and the diarrhea kept coming up so I did some research and found this site that boasted Activated Charcoal and colloidal silver!! I did 3 ccs of AC electrolyte solution every hour and the electrolyte solution in between the AC doses so that I could check up on him every 30 minutes. He stopped diarrhea and vomit instantly. After four hours of this routine, we went to every 2 hours of AC dose. In the hour between the AC dose I did 2-3 droppers of Colloidal Silver and Arsenicum Album. (The Arsenicum Album I took 5 ccs of purified water and syringed it into a small bowl. I put two of the AA pellets in and let it sit until it fully dissolved. Then I syringed it in him). I also did 1/2 tsp of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth up to 1 tsp per day. Each time he got a dose of something he also got a dose of electrolyte solution. It was so important to me that he stay hydrated so I always did the skin test to make sure he was good and not once did my pup's skin stay up, good sign!! It took about 3 days for him to fully come around again. He started drinking water last night (Fri Jan 6th, 2017). I stopped giving him the Electrolyte solution when I found him drinking on his own. I tried to give it to him anyways just as a back up but he threw it up which told me he was getting enough. I switched to AC mix twice a day today as he was showing signs of getting better. He finally ate some food tonight at dinner time!! He refused scrambled eggs with rice, burger (raw, cooked and mixed with rice), chicken stock, and wet dog food. But he loved the Natural Balance duck treats so I mixed about three up with dry dog food and he started in on it instantly. He's relaxing and sleeping now. 30 min later and no throw up makes me feel like a success!! I don't know if this will help others, as every dog is different. But the specifics of dosing medications and when was the hardest part for us to conquer. That And seeing our poor pup declining so rapidly. So far we've made it. Good luck to anyone else going through this nightmare!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Candilynn (North Carolina, US) on 04/08/2015

On Friday 04/03/15 My two small dogs were diagnosed with parvovirus by the vet.

I couldn't afford to have them hospitalized so I did the best I could at home. The vet gave me two medications Cerenia for nausea & vomiting and Metronidazole 250mg tablets to give oralily. Well I had to fight with them to get it down and they would through it up in minutes.

That's when I found this site with a lot of helpful informatio. I credit the people who took the time to post information that they learned through this heartache with saving one of my babies. I wish I found it sooner. I know my little one would still be here.

On Saturday 04/04/15 my dogs were dying. They hadn't been able to keep any medicine or fluids down. Rufus the smaller one passed away that night, early Sunday morning.

My two dogs weighed less then 10 lbs each & they couldn't keep anything down. I tried the charcoal & pedialite. They couldn't keep it down. I went to Tractor Supply and bought needles and 20ml syringes, I went to Walmart and bought a child enema, Saline solution, and more pedialite.

On Sunday 04/05/15 I put Baby-Girl in the tub of warm water gave her 1/2 of the enema took her outside to go. brought her back in and I gave her approximately 2oz of pedialite very very slowly in her rectum with the enema bottle. She did not expell any of that. I warmed up 1/2 cup of saline solution and filled three 20ml syringes with it. As per the directions a 10lb dog would get 50ml of saline solution subcutaneous. (just under the skin) I gave her 60mls. Every 4 hours I gave her fluids.

I than took one of the antibiotics and put it in an oral syringe put the plunger into it sucked up some warm pedialite waited about 10 min it was dissolved, I shook it up and gave that to her rectally, followed by a little more pedialite. (to push/flush it further into her body). I did give her antibiotics rectally every 8 hrs for the first day than every 12 hours for two days and now 1 pill every 24 hrs as directed till gone.

On Monday 04/06/15 She was much much better. She ate some food.

On Tuesday 04/07/15 She's almost back to her normal self

Today Wednesday 04/08/15 You wouldn't know she was sick at all. She is broken hearted as well. Rufus was her baby. She looks for her but I think she knows she's gone. BTW Rufus was a girl she would've been 1yr old on 04/11/15

I've never posted anything anywhere before I just had to. I know some oral medications can be taken rectally that's why I did that. I never found a definitive answer on the web. I just felt I was running out of time so I took a chance.

Activated Charcoal - Where to Buy
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/27/2015

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.

Arsenicum Album, Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Nichole (Middletown, Ohio Usa) on 01/26/2012

The remedies used here are Diatomaceous Earth (food Grade) and the homeopathic Arsenicum Album...

*1-24-12* Got some great info I wanted to share, last night around 7 or so my friend called to tell me about her friend's puppy that they just found out from the vet she had Parvo, she was in the first stages of it which is lethargy and loss of appetite... So they came over to pick up some Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (D.E.) (which kills viruses and bacteria quickly) and arsenicum album. Which is the homeopathic remedy of choice for Parvo... She gave 4 doses of the arsenicum album (2 pills placed in a 2 ounce amber spritzer bottle, hit on palm of hand 8 times before each dose) last night 1 dose per hour for 4 hours and I think two doses of the DE at 1/2 teaspoon per dose. I told her for today to give the arsenicum every 3 hours and the DE 2-3 times (she actually gave a dose of the Arsenicum and the DE both every 2-3 hours throughout the second day). So this morning at 10:30 I called to check in on the puppy and she had got up and gone downstairs TWICE to go potty already! Then I got a call a hour and a half later and the puppy was eating some chicken! She hadn't started drinking yet but already those two things are great improvements! Thank God for His perfect medicine!!! Will keep y'all updated as I hear them...

*Update at 7pm 1-24-12
So far she's been eating more, going outside on her own to potty and playing with her momma, not drinking but peeing so she's still improving greatly, woohoo!!!

* 1-26-12* Ok new update as of today, she began drinking today and is eating and acting normally again!!! WOW, 3 days from start of treatment to being back to a healthy state, I've recommended she continue at least one dose of DE everyday for the next 3 weeks just to make sure she doesn't catch it again, plus it has other health benefits. This treatment had fast results and if everything was purchased new for this specific instance would have run about $15 total, that's a HUGE difference between the other two options which is to let the dog die or hospitalize it which is extremely expensive as it runs for 5-7 days time with intensive care. I think I'd rather do the natural method that's much cheaper, much more effective, and much faster for healing. : D

Arsenicum Album, Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Katzie (Calgary) on 07/27/2022

I could not disagree with you more!! I use Diamotaceous Earth on infections all-the-time, and it works every-single-time! I think this is due to it having a tiny electrical charge which zaps the bad bacteria, germs, or whatever. I sprinkle the D.E. on the infected area. I do not cover or anything else, I just walk around looking like some powder fell on me and I didn't notice. The stuff clings to the area of infection where it's needed and the rest falls off. D.E. has taken out some serious infections for me, ones I was worried about.

I know you believe it was bad info, but just because it's not in your experience does not mean it isn't true. Please try it yourself on an infection before you tell people stuff like that. Words have power, especially written ones. We wouldn't want anyone to turn away from a healing agent like D.E. simply due to a lack of personal experience.

Posted by Virginia (Hamilton, Ontario ) on 08/12/2010

My Remedy was MMS for Parvo in dogs.

Yesterday, my 7wk female pup, suddenly came down with symptoms of Parvo, loss of appetite, refusing even water, for an entire day, and then morning diarehha, was slimmy and bloody, pressure forcing out, litterly pushing pup's back end off the ground. Then vomiting frothy slime that appeared clear. Then extreme listlessness, tired, sleeping more than usual and deep sleep, weakness increased, by late afternoon, could not balance, and diarehha became more bloody and dark pudding like, very slimy near end finish. Followed by high fever. Dehydration set in, skin non elastic, drastic weight loss. Could not afford Vet bill, and as Parvo has 90 ath rate as incurable. But intended to get pup vaccinated as appt is in 1 wk. Been taking MMS myself for over a year, with good results. Immediately, started pup on only MMS 1/4 drop ratio, i.e., 1 quarter of 1 drop ratio. The ratio is 3 drops per 25 pounds. This pup was under 5 pounds, therefore I used a quarter of a drop ratio with 4 oz. of water, and alternating with Electrolytes, and then boiled concentrated Barley water. Fed alternating MMS low doses with small bent dropper and Electrolytes first, at side of mouth for pup to lick and swallow, every 10, 15minutes. Then cooled concentrated barley water(boiled down to thick consistency)alternating also with dropper.

Saw immediate change within an hr. Dog was playful, after barley water dog wanted actually to eat its kibble. Next day diarrhea not as liquid, no blood, and dog is drinking and eating on own, playful, actually wanted to run. Fever gone and nose feels cool and wet, gums are good pink return when pressed. I will still watch symptoms with caution and change to bland diet for next 2wks till healed, as there may be damage in the intestinal lining due to blood. I will also continue MMS low dosage in daily drinking water. Will update new data. Thks, Virginia

Pedialyte or Goat's Milk
Posted by Brandy (Austin, TX) on 06/15/2022


Really I found that Pedialyte alone is all I needed. Until one puppy that I was bottle braking got sick then when to straight goats milk. Fresh is best but you can get it at your local supercenter (Walmart).

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Jess (Québec) on 10/20/2018

I've cured parvo in puppies about 8 times so far with grapefruit seed extract.

I dilute 5 drops in 1 ounce of water and give them a couple dropper fulls of the mixture every hour around the clock until they start to feel better, I then reduce to two hours and so on. I continue the treatment for a couple days.

Once there was two pups from a litter who were sick, my puppy and one another person was purchasing...I tried pursuing him to have me try cure him but he decided to bring it to the vet. 600$ later and a dead puppy, mine was thriving and back on its feet. It worked every time for me!

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