Natural Parvo Treatment for Dogs

Apple Cider Vinegar, Activated Charcoal
Posted by James P (Raleigh, Nc) on 02/01/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kianamcvicker (Fresno, Ca) on 01/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/08/2016


If this were my puppy I would treat for Parvo ASAP and continue treating for at least 2 weeks AFTER he looks fully recovered.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Lisa (Waco, Texas) on 10/07/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I gave my puppy with parvo electrolytes every hour and a dropper of colloidal silver every 2hours...after 3 days..I fed her raw egg....she pulled through..But now I have a new puppy whom I didn't bring home until he had his first 2 shots..He became sick last night after eating a capsule of garlic. He threw up last night a few times and today he has diarrhea but not he's drinking water on his own???

Vaccinations Prevent Parvo
Posted by Tammy (New Mexico) on 09/28/2016
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Activated Charcoal - Where to Buy
Posted by Anne (Makati City) on 09/21/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Brandi (Ohio) on 07/14/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Parvo healed:

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

Homeopathic Remedies
Posted by Rose (Australia) on 03/12/2016
4 out of 5 stars

My lovely Great Dane/mastiff/staghound 6mth female pup came down with the first symptoms of parvo on Tuesday evening. She refused to eat her dinner, which is very uncharacteristic for such a afst growing pup. since 7.5 weeks only she has only eaten a raw diet, which is helpful in the prevention of parvo. This was unintentional on my part, as a raw diet of meat, bones and animal parts is a normal doet for a canine. However, she still caught the virus. Tuesday morning she still refused to eat and was starting to show signs of lethargy. She still refused to eat Wednesday and the debate about a vet visit started. We monitored her closely, as any abnormal behaviour in an animal can be indicative of illness. By Thursday she was vomiting. Most days she consumes vast amounts of water and likes to remain cool. thursday evening she was depressed, lethargic, the sexondary membrane of her eye was inflamed, showing very red all around the eyes and she was standing still in her pool of water. It was too late for the vet by this stage. We spent the night watching her, she continued vomiting showing the first signs of threatening dehydration.

Friday morning we rushed to the vet with her, didn't even call first. Luckily we have been attending the same vet clinic with all of our animals for nearly 15 years. They brought her in immediately after a brief history was taken by the vet nurse. My little girl had a temp of 39.4 degrees C, she weighed in at 24.4 kgs and had lost most of the lovely condition she had previously. Large puppies lose weight very quickly. The vet admitted her immediately for IV fluids and anitbiotics, anti nausea medication and medication for diarrhoea. The vet let me know that especially heading into the weekend, I was looking at a cost of thousands. Which I most certainly can't afford.

She spent on night at the vets and this morning, Saturday, I picked her up. The vets were not particularly supportive in our decision to bring her home. During the night she had started having bloody projectile diarrhoea.

In preparation for bring her home we bought some essential supplies, as we had never had to deal with parvovirus before.

~ puppy training pads to contain the expected mess.

~apple cider vinegar for disinfecting and for treatment.

~aloe Vera juice for nutrients

~large syringes for subcutaneous saline injections for hydration, this is vastly important as most oral liquid will be vomited and cause a chain reaction of further dehydration

~subcutaneous needles from the vet, as the pharmacy required a prescription

~saline solution from the pharmacy for subcutaneous injections

~rectal thermometer from pharmacy

~plastic drop sheeting in a roll from the hardware store, protection for furniture and walls. I'm damn serious about the mess.

Luckily for me I'm visiting my parents and my father is a homeopath. After checking her behaviour, symptoms and response to stimuli he determined to use Absinicum Album 1M. I had already as a precaution given her 2 homeopathics as first aid, these were:

~virus and bacteria

~nux vomica

Once we got her home, she pooped blood and vomited bile, which is an amber colour, at 10:30am. we gave her as many subcutaneous saline injections in the next 5 hours that we could without causing too much stress. I monitored her closely, I doused her with Absinicum album roughly every 30-60min. I cut back on the nux vomica and only used it when she was excessively drooling or was clearly nauseous. I mixed a splash of apple cider vinegar with about 1/3 aloe Vera juice and 2/3 water. I've been using the large syringe to force feed her roughly 15-20ml of liquid every 15-30, unless she was sleeping.

By 5:30pm this evening, Saturday, she can move about on her own and started hovering near the door to the room we'd isolated her in. I carried her out to a section of lawn that's separate from our other animals. She had 2 bouts of bloody diarrhoea and urinated twice, her urine was not overly yellow, indicating that she was hydrated enough that her kidneys were not suffering overly. I carried her back inside and continued the above treatment. However, her temperature climbed to 40 degrees C. Her eyes became bloody again and were weeping. I gave her virus and bacteria homeopathic whenever her eyes became red. I wet down her paws and forelegs to cool her fever and drain the heat from her head.

By 10:30 her paws are cool, her tummy is pleasantly warm and no longer blisteringly hot, her eyes are not red. She's been out to toilet again and only had one bout of diarrhoea and urinated once. Tolerated 3 sal injections, and has held down liquids for 3-4 hours at a time.

We're not out of the woods yet, but she can walk, and is not incontinent. Is cranky about her injection and will get up and have a weak tantrum about the entire affair. Things are looking good. My partner is taking the night shift, as he is much more confident with giving the injections, especially on his own. He'll wake me in case of anything he doesn't know how to deal with. Fingers crossed my angel continues making such progress.

The simple instructions I've left my partner are as follows:

1. If she's drooling give her nux vomica

2. If her eyes are going red give her virus and bacteria

3. Every 2-3 hrs give her Absinicum album, especially if she's has a bout of bloody diarrhoea

4. No more than 50ml of liquid per 30-60 min, less if vomiting is frequent, don't let her drink too much herself even if she wants to. Slow and steady wins the race.

5. Only check her temp if she feels overly hot

6. Don't wake her if she's sleeping properly

7. Do wake her if shes gone for more than an hour without a saline injection.

No treatment is really a guarantee with parvovirus, but I have seen a dramatic improvement in less than 24 hrs. Bear in mind that homeopathics may often initial present with a strong reaction, maybe an increase in temp, don't panic, ride it out. Hold off on the homeopathic until the signs are there that it's required. After the second dose of Absinicum album her temp soared for about 30min. Keep hydration up is the number one priority. At one stage during the day, I noticed her shuddering when she inhaled. My father gave her another homeopathic called merc sol, the shuddering stopped within 15min. Started again about 3 hours later and stopped almost immediately after a second dose.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Pedialyte
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Pedialyte
Posted by Lexus (Wichita) on 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!

Vaccinations Prevent Parvo
Posted by Mandi (Ohio) on 04/18/2015

Parvo is a very easy virus to avoid if you just VACCINATE your pets. This means taking you puppy for regular visits to your veterinarian to be vaccinated properly. This does NOT mean purchasing vaccines at the local store and giving them yourself. Once a dog/puppy gets Parvo, there is only a 50/50 chance of survival NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO! The Parvo virus itself doesn't kill dogs, the effects of Parvo, such as dehydration, secondary infection, hypoglycemia DO kill dogs. Supportive care is important. IV fluids, antibiotics, anti vomiting medication, etc.

If you take in a stray puppy and your other pets are not vaccinated, you should keep that puppy separate from your other pets for 14 days. JUST VACCINATE!! Dogs that have survived with all of these "alternative" treatments were just on the lucky side of the 50/50 chances of survival.

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Jasmine (Colorado) on 02/19/2015

I have found that giving Echinacea (antivirus) to all pets in the house works wonders. Used it when I had 20 rescued kittens/cats, couldn't affort to vaccinate all of them, they all stayed well. Putting colloidal silver in the water helps kill any bacteria or other things they might share.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Pedialyte
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Pedialyte
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.

Posted by Dog Mom (Ohio) on 12/09/2014
5 out of 5 stars

My mini dachshund puppy was diagnosed with Parvovirus a few years ago. She was vomiting, lethargic and had bloody diarreah. I went online and researched and there is a vet who works for a rescue shelter in North Carolina that has been curing cats and dogs with Parvovirus by giving them Tamiflu liquid (baby dosage), with a 100% cure rate.

I contacted him and he emailed me the dosage and instructions for my pup. My local vet reluctantly wrote the script and I had it filled at the drug store. After being on Tamiflu for 24 hours, the vomiting/diarreah stopped and she began eating on her own. She was completely recovered in 3 days. I also gave her PediaLight by syringe to keep her hydrated.

Tamiflu is an antiviral and Parvo is a deadly virus, very much like influenza. Although, Tamiflu is not a natural remedy, it definitely will cure Parvo if it is caught early enough.

I hope this helps someone.

Parvo Shot Side Effects
Posted by Amanda (Steele, Mo) on 12/09/2014
0 out of 5 stars

We are on day 4 after shots and my puppy has all the signs of parvo!

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by Hilda (San Antonio, Texas) on 11/02/2014

How much Gatorade and pedialyte do mix with the activated charcoal? My blue pit is only 4months old.

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by Brittany (Alabama, US) on 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?

Activated Charcoal Dosing
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/13/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Activated Charcoal Dosing
Posted by Becca (Reidsville, NC) on 10/13/2014

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

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by Marybeth (Ontario, CA) on 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?

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by Jennie (Ontario, CA) on 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?

Saline Solution
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/02/2014

Hey Lauren!

Are you injecting your dog with the saline solution? The advice for the saline was to administer it sub-Q - with a needle just under the skin, to help with deydration.

The other remedies - AC, pepto, gatorade - are to be dosed orally.

If this were my dog and no results yet I would increase the amount of saline administered sub-Q - 20cc's - this if I could not first visit a veterinarian.

Saline Solution
Posted by Lauren (Oklahoma City, OK) on 08/01/2014

I have been giving my puppy 10 mL about every 45 minutes, how do you know it's working? He's still highly depressed and looks close to death and it's breaking my heart to see him suffering from parvo! Please tell me how I'll know, I don't want him to die! I'm giving him saline like you said to do and pepto with water and activated carbon with Gatorade and a little water; he's so sick and I don't know what else to do! Please help me.

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by Theresa (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!

Saline Solution
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/20/2014

Hey Lucy!

You have replied to a post that has been inactive for 2 years, so I will offer some advice.

The amount you give varies by the results you obtain. In general:

Most dogs tolerate being given subcutaneous fluids. You can give about 10-20 ml per kg of body weight (5 -10 ml per pound) in one spot (e.g. 50 ml for a 10 pound dog) before you move to another location. It usually takes 6 to 8 hours for all the fluids to be absorbed. Check to see if the previously administered fluids have been absorbed before giving more fluids. Even though the fluids are given on the back, gravity will cause the fluids to accumulate on the belly, so check for residual fluids on the belly before you give more. Check with your veterinarian if the fluids are not being fully absorbed.

Read complete "how to" instructions at the Source:

Saline Solution
Posted by Lucy (Fresno, CA) on 05/20/2014

The puppy is small is it the same dosage?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Thankful (Arizona, US) on 05/17/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 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.

Activated Charcoal - How to Administer
Posted by America (Arizona, US) on 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?

MMS, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/05/2014

Hey Puppylover23!

Consider adding an anti-diarrhea med such as Immodium. Dilute the activated charcoal into the pedialyte until she can keep it down. The most critical thing is to keep the electrolytes up and keep her from getting dehydrated. So if she can keep the pedialyte down when its NOT mixed with AC, try dosing plain pedialyte inbetween attempts to get the AC-pedialyte mixture down.

Make sure she is plenty warm; you don't want her to use up her vital energy trying to stay warm while she is fighting the parvo.

MMS, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Puppylover23 (Summerville, South Carolina) on 04/05/2014

She's started having diarrhea late last night, and I diluted the AC like you said to 1/2 a tablespoon. and she threw it up so I'm going to continue to dilute it to about 1/4 of a table spoon and see how that works.

MMS, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/04/2014

Hey Puppylover23!

If this were my dog I would not offer her any food; any food you can get her to eat will either come right back up or run right through her.

I would dilute the AC with the pedialyte and continue trying to get it down her. So if 2 tablespoons of AC into 1 cup of pedialyte isn't staying down, make it 1/2 teaspoon to 1 cup of pedialyte. Try to get *some* AC into her GI tract so it can start working. So try diluting it way down and see if that helps.

If she pulls through - and I am praying for you! - if you take her weight at 4 months and double it you get a ball park idea of how much she will weigh as an adult.

MMS, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Puppylover23 (Summerville, South Carolina) on 04/04/2014

She's a mixed breed, but the pet store said based on her current size she would end up being a medium sized dog.

So what your saying is that rather than making her drink the 2 tablespoons of AC, only give her the AC out of about 5 capsules with the one cup of Pedialyte? I've been giving her 2 tablespoons with one cup of Pedialyte. And she's been throwing it up so far.

MMS, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/04/2014

Hey Puppylover23!

Yes, the AC for gas is the same thing. The AC works by absorbing the toxins in the GI tract. So follow the directions posted previously and open the capsules and make sure your girl gets some down. You don't say what kind of puppy she is- so use your judgement about how much to use. For a tiny toy breed you might use only one capsule at a time; for a pitbull you might need 10 capsules at a time. What counts is getting some AC down and keep dosing it along with the pedialyte and mix it into the wet food too. I wouldn't worry about her eating, I would get that AC/pedialyte down 3-4 times a day if you can.

MMS, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Puppylover23 (Summerville, South Carolina) on 04/04/2014

I just got the activated charcoal today, but its in capsules and the bottle said it was for gas. Will it still do the same thing?

Ive been giving her the Pedialyte so far and she ate a tiny bit of food and has been drinking some of her water by herself in addition to the Pedialyte I give her every hour and a half. Will this activated charcoal get rid of the Parvovirus in my baby?

thank you so much for your help :)

MMS, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/04/2014

Hey Pupplover23!

I have no experience with MMS so cannot offer any advice except to google it and you should be able to find sources on where to purchase it.

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 she is hungry between meals, give him extra AC and electrolyte feedings.

MMS, Activated Charcoal
Posted by Puppylover23 (Summerville, South Carolina) on 04/03/2014

My new 4 month old puppy named Honey was lethargic, weak, vomiting, hardly drinking water, not playful, and so we took her to the vet and he diagnosed her with Parvo. He told us that she may not love until the next day and that we should let them keep her and giver her an IV and fluids. But we cant afford that, so we had to being her home. I saw your site and looked at the great ratings it had, and I decided to use the Miracle Mineral Supplement and the activated charcoal. But I wanted to know where I could find those two products. I'm giving her the Pedialyte to keep her hydrated tonight and getting the 2 products hopefully tomorrow. I really want good results from this, since I've seen that it has a 100% living rating so far. Also I was wondering since she's not eating should I just be giving her this Pedialyte until she decided to eat some food? Or should I like mix it into some canned food and give it to her through the syringe? One more thing if you have any tips you could give me that would be great, I really am hoping for a positive result with this rather than having the vet treat her.

Also she hasn't started having the diarrhea yet, so I'm trying to stop the virus before the diarrhea comes and she gets sicker.

Pleaseeee helpp. The more the merrier!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Barbara Ann Daca (South Lake, Ca) on 02/13/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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