Parvo in Dogs: Natural Cures for the Parvo Virus

Jan 10, 2018

Parvo is a very serious virus common among puppies that is quite contagious. Natural remedies are very effective for the parvovirus, but they must be used faithfully and often. Activated charcoal, electrolyte solution and colloidal silver are all excellent home treatments for the canine parvovirus in dogs. Apple cider vinegar is also helpful when combined with activated charcoal and and pedialyte.

Parvo is especially dangerous because it causes vomiting and diarrhea, which can quickly lead to dehydration and even death in puppies. Action must be taken immediately or the dog will die in a matter of hours.

Activated Charcoal works well to stop diarrhea in puppies. The electrolyte solution helps to replace lost minerals from the diarrhea and vomiting and also to rehydrate the puppy.

Mix 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal into 1 cup of electrolyte solution. Shake the solution before each dose.

At first you will want to give a dose of the charcoal/electrolyte solution every hour.  (Even more often is fine, just don’t give so much that your puppy vomits back up the medicine!) It may take you some time to give each dose. Be patient, giving just a bit at a time to make sure your puppy keeps it down.

After four hours, give the solution every two hours until you begin to see improvement.

Once you begin to see improvement, give the solution every 4-6 hours. Don’t hesitate to increase the frequency again if it seems necessary.

These are just general recommendations. The size, age, and severity of sickness will affect the dosing schedule. You can always dose more often if your puppy seems very weak.

Once your puppy seems to be healed and no longer has any diarrhea, continue to give the activated charcoal twice daily for one week. At this point, you can mix the activated charcoal powder with water instead of electrolyte solution.

How Much is a Dose of Charcoal/Electrolyte Solution for Parvo?

You may need to be giving the dose with a syringe.

1 tablespoon charcoal powder per cup of electrolyte solution.

A 1 pound puppy will get 1/4 cc (a few drops) per dose.

A 5 pound puppy will get about 1 cc’s (1/5th teaspoon) per dose.

A 10 pound puppy with get about 2 cc’s (a little less than 1/2 teaspoon) per dose.

A 20 pound puppy will get about 5 cc’s (1 teaspoon) per dose.

A 40 pound dog will get about 10 cc’s (2 teaspoons) per dose.

A 120 pound dog will get about 30 cc’s (2 tablespoons) per dose.

It is better to give less more often and have the solution stay in the puppy than have him vomit it up.

Between doses, keep plain electrolyte solution available if your puppy is up and about. If your puppy is not, offer more electrolyte solution by syringe between doses, especially after any bouts of diarrhea.

Where Can I Get Activated Charcoal Powder?

Activated charcoal powder can be purchased online at amazon, locally in health food stores or pharmacies (you may only be able to find capsules in pharmacies, but you can empty the capsules out to get the powder.)

Stores that sell fish supplies with have carbon, which is charcoal. This can be ground up in a food processer or coffee grinder in an emergency if you cannot find activated charcoal powder.

What Kind of Electrolyte Solution Should I Use?

You can buy oral rehydration solution used for babies in the baby section of grocery stores. You can also make your own.

Make your own electrolyte solution:

  • 1 quart water
  • ½ teaspoon Lite salt (for the potassium and sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Coconut water is also a good substitute for electrolyte solution.

Feeding a Dog Recovering from Parvo

If your puppy has been off his feed, you can reintroduce food slowly. White rice and plain boiled chicken are good options to feed a puppy recovering from digestive distress. White rice prepared with chicken broth instead of water will add some extra nutrients.

Colloidal Silver for Parvo

Colloidal Silver is an excellent remedy for many viruses, including parvovirus.

Give your puppy 1 dropperful 4 times a day. Large puppies can take 2 droppersful per dose. Tiny puppies can take just ½ a dropperful per dose.


Your puppy may need around the clock care if he is very sick.

Puppies can dehydrate very quickly. Dehydration can cause death. If you are unable to get your puppy to take his doses of medicine or liquids, you should get help from your vet who can give subcutaneous fluids or an IV.

Have you treated a puppy with parvo? Please send us some feedback! Make sure to continue reading to learn how our readers saved their puppies using various natural remedies mentioned above.

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Posted by Oscar (Tucson Az) on 12/19/2017
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Wow!! I couldnt believe it!! My puppy even tho vaccinated was showing all symtoms of parvo...i took him to vet where they put him on nausea meds and antacid..didnt help..if anything he got worse...called vet hospital where they estimated cost at 900 to 2000 dollars to try and help him...long story charcoal works!!! My pup looked appetite period..diarrhea...went to walgreens picked up charco-caps..after opening up caps mixed 2 with cup of gatorade and injected 5ml.into his mouth down his throat...every 2 my amazement...after 2nd dose...looked more alive...after a few more doses..gave him chicken and totally devoured it even whined for end of day..he was back to being pesky little works!!!

Posted by Loretta (Hemet, Ca) on 09/12/2017
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My pup is 12 weeks and the day before thurs her 2nd shot she got sick so the next she was worse vomiting everywhere and stinky runs I tried and tried to call my vet but no one answered just to reschedule her appt. Well sat came and it was horrible curling up into a ball throwing up not eating poor thing every time she drank she threw up that's when I started googleing found out it be a lot of money for her vet. so I did more looking, found this site after a remomendationg for using active charcoal, so I figured with all her weight loss maybe 10 pounds so I got charcoal caps from Walmart and pedialyte unflavored did one cup for every capsule one cup and 1 capsule was more than enough. Room temp for the next 12hrs .05tsp/2.5ml

After a few hrs, she stopped throwing up still no poo. Once the throwing up was completely over I did .05 charcoal and the filled the rest well to 1tsp with more pedialyte till I went to bed she did poo out side before bed straight like pee dark Burgundy color I'm assuming blood and charcoal so I thought to myself if she makes it through the night without vomiting or just through the night she may have a chance and she did :) so I did the same process only 1tsp of charcoal and filled the rest with more pedialyte to 2tsp/10ml, only every hour (keep in mind she has never stopped drinking water on her own((although very dehydrated)) then in the afternoon since there had been no throwing up I added in a 1/2tsp of plain Greek yougurt with probiotics and add pedialyte to it just enough that it liquidy to go into the syringe filled it up to 2tsp (I forgot to add I was rubbing molasses on her gums with every dose) she kept it down then did the same again and then did a mix of pumpkin she kept it down so I thought OK I'm trying some wet dogfood with pedialyte just a small amount 1tsp alright she was peeing clear by 5pm lol.

My hubby offered her a healthy dog treat she ate two and was doing great so today is Tuesday its been 3days she finally started eating dry dogfood on her own just a few pieces still drinking licking me jumping around she's still curling up ever so often so I m assuming its when her tummy turns I'm still giving the charcoal but only every 3 to 4 hrs and its 1tsp followed by 2tsp of just pedialyte. I did give 0.5 of pumpkin also still giving molasses and she pooed awesome first part runny and black then soft half normal looking and half black:).

I am going to continue to give this and yogurt for another day 3 times then 2 times Thursday if things are still doing well and Friday I'm taking her to the vet. I forgot to mentione I had some clindamycin left from my foster kittens being sick I also gave her that 2 times a day I had enough for 2 days I figured any kind of antibiotic med I had laying around with a google of how much to give could nt hurt a pup that may die.

Before a Friday pic and this morning pic. I know still a long recovery 2 weeks and a chance she may get sick again and pass but one day at a time. For today she is awesome and ACTIVE CHARCOAL SAVED MY DOGS LIFE!!! <3:) PS DONT WAIT TILL ITS TOO LATE!!! GIVE EXTRA LOVE AND ATTENTION!! So they will fight to live!!!

Posted by Victoria (Merced) on 11/25/2016

I have three puppies their nine weeks old, the runt of the three started vomiting foam. I started the activated charcoal doses right as I observed this. I gave his brothers a dose too, (even if they aren't vomiting) Only a couple doses, then straight pediatric electrolyte solution with zinc. Is this right?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Victoria,

If these were my puppies I would treat all of them and continue treating for 7 days after they all seemed OK. I would push the electrolyte solution if they were vomiting with diarrhea. Please report back!

Replied by Fiza

Hey Victoria, how are the puppies now? did you give activated charcoal? did it work? My 3.5 months old puppy was sick lately, lost his appetite a bit, so I took him to vet, and he said it's parvovirus. Vet prescribed him medicine to prevent nausea, a zinc syrup and azithromycin. It's been few days that I haven't been able to sleep much, but I gave him his medicines timely. He got better, but then again has become sick today. I am seriously thinking of giving him activated charcoal as I read here. So your advise will help me to decide whether should I take a chance with activated charcoal or not.

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




-Cephalexin or Amoxicillin

-Pepto Bismol

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

-Chicken Broth

-Activated Charcoal

Those are basically all the things I used.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Piper Mom

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

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Piper's Mom!

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

Replied by Raymond
Pahrump Nv

my 8th mouth old jck-chi I used the methed with activated charcoal....I gave him sum and it made poop like u gave him enema....he still got the shakes.......and alert..but weak......I thing he got bit by a spider.....I'm giving amoxicillin 500ml.. every 12hr..he is still thowing up but holding some of the meds down....when he thows up its clear with a little foam in it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by B W

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

Replied by Stephanie

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

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

Posted by Codi (Mo) on 09/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

Replied by Tina K
Kaitaia Nz

Are you in new zealand? where did you purchase the charcoal from..? how fast did u receive the charcoal and price please? ty

EC: Sorry, poster is from the USA. Try your local pharmacy. see our article on Parvo at the top of this section for more tips on locating charcoal --

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Cody

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Cody!

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

Replied by Kml

Hi Cody!

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

Replied by Pearl
Carmina Cavite, Philippines

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Pearl!

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

Replied by Christelle

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

Replied by Juliet
Cagayan De Oro, Philippines

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

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Juliet,

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

How to Make Charcoal Powder

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Jessica
Los Angeles, Ca

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

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

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

Replied by Donald
General Santos City, Philippines

Activated charcoal with name of "Blackforce Activated Charcoal" is available in Brigada News Fm or Brigada Healthline Clinic in your area. Or your may try to ask in pharmacy distributors in your area.

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

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

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Carmen!

I LOVE those pibbles! :-)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replied by Momndani
Las Vegas, Nevada

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Aww, Momndani :-(

I am sorry for the loss of your babies.

Replied by Amy
West Plains, Missouri

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Amy!

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

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

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

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

I have a 11 week old English bulldog named Diesel that just got Parvo. I have had a pitbull puppy die before so I know how quickly this virus effects puppies. I woke up at 5am to find my boy had thrown up several times and did not want to eat or drink. Yesterday he ate but not at his usual rate (usually scarfs his food down). I began searching online and came across this website. I went to Walmart due to noticing an earlier post the activate charcoal which is also called activate carbon is sold in the fish section. It cost me $6USD to purchase, I also purchased pedialite and Gatorade. Once home I poured some Gatorade, pedialite, and two tablespoons of activated carbon into my blender. The carbon was in chunks and needs to be powdered for easy consumption. My buddy drank it right up and not even 30min. later was running around and playing. A complete 180 degree from where he was this morning. Thank you everybody and this method does work!! Don't give up on your best friend.

Replied by Mae Angeles

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey May Angeles!

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

Replied by Mae
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

I lost two puppies last week to parvo. I spent over $1,000 to have them in the animal hospital for fluids, only to have my heart broken when they sent them home and they passed away. I had no idea what parvo was or how deadly it was. The next day, their dad was sick with it. I went on line and found this web site and immediately started treating him. I gave him pedialite, every half an hour, activated charcoal, colliodial silver, one raw egg every morning, and a bit of honey (to keep his sugar levels up). Today is day 6 of him being sick and I am happy to report that just as I am typing this, he ran up to me and jumped on my leg. He isn't eating on his own yet, but he is getting back to normal.

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

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

Replied by Ruby M

My 4 month old puppy is very sick, I bought charcoal but she threw up clear with a little black, I've been giving her gatorade every 20-30 minutes ): any more advice ? I really don't want to lose her):

Replied by Tiffyb1414
Durant, Ok

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

Replied by Denise
Vancouver, B.C.

Take the puppy to the vet, mine two of six of my pups had parvo they require iv meds and hydration! Unfortunately I lost one but saved the other just in time. Good luck

Replied by Alena
San Diego

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

Replied by Rhonda

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Rhonda!

Sorry to hear about your pup :(

You can find AC at your local drug store; aquariums stores have some in a pinch, but its granulated and you would need to use a coffee grinder or food processor to pulverize it into fine powder.

Activated Charcoal works especially well when used with electrolytes to combat the dehydration that occurs with the diarrhea. You can make this recipe at home:

Homemade Pedialyte

4 cups of water (boiled or bottled drinking water)

1/2 teaspoon Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use regular table salt if you have to.

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or sodium free broth to add some flavor

Start with 1 cup of electrolyte solution in a small jar with a lid; add 2 heaping tablespoons of AC and then put the lid on and shke to blend. This goes into a syringe well and then can be placed into your dog's mouth; tip the head back and gently depress the plunger to allow him to drink it slowly.

If your dog has an appetite, you can mix the AC into canned dog food and make that a bit wetter and sloppier by adding the electrolyte solution to the wet food. The virus generally does not kill the dog - its the resulting dehydration that does the damage - so make sure you get those electrolytes down.

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

Please report back on the progress of your sick pup!

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

I found out a week ago on a Saturday that my 8 week old Maltese X Shih tzu, Lexi, had parvo. I couldn't afford the vet bill to keep her there and get the help she needed and they basically told me if I took her home she most likely would not survive through the night. I decided to take her home and try my best to nurse her back to health, the vet gave her an antibiotic needle and one to help with nausea, he also gave a sachet of Lectade which is mixed with water. I was petrified I'd lose her, I wanted to try as many things that I could try to help my puppy. That same day I found this site and heard about active charcoal and the amount of people who used it on they're dogs and got great results, so I tried it on Lexi. I gave her the Lectade water every 30mins to keep her hydrated and then every 2hrs gave her the active charcoal mixed with water and gatorade, the next day I woke up and she was still not great but had started eating bland chicken I had given her, she started walking around a lot more also and later that afternoon had started to get her energy back. That night we were still worried and weary to sleep as she still wasn't drinking by herself, we kept giving her water through the syringe and by Wednesday morning I woke up to a crazy Lexi who was fully of life, running around and jumping and just started eating and drinking by herself.

If I didn't find this site I would never have heard about active charcoal, we don't know 100% which exact remedy we used that helped her, but either the Lactade or Active Charcoal had some kind of effect and I'm so grateful for it. If it wasn't for either, I could have lost my puppy.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Whoo hoo!!!!

Thank you for this uplifting update! I suspect both the lectade and the AC were critical components in your baby's recovery.

So happy your fur baby made it!!!

Replied by Angel
Los Lunas Nm

What is this activated charcoal and were do I get it? My puppy is very sick. I can't afford to take him to the vet. I'm looking for something to help fast. I have been givein him pedialyte and water but it doesn't seem to be helping. please help

EC: Hi Angel,

All pharmacies and many grocery stores carry activated charcoal.

Replied by Juwilin

Jewel from philippines, we have 6 dogs 5 chiuaua and 1 shih tsu. May 2 chiuaua died because of parvo, one chiuaua is still in the hospital. While my other 3 months old chiuaua is also suffering from parvo, she's vomitting and has a diarrhea. My vet said that we can give her imodium for her diarrhea. So did I. But she still vomiting. Im going to buy activated charcoal tommorow. Hope it will help her. It is too hard for me to lose anorher dog. :(

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Jewilin!

I'm sorry your baby is going through this infection.

Activated Charcoal has worked for folks, and also supplementing with electrolytes to combat the dehydration that occurs with the diarrhea. If you can mix and administer the AC with Lectade - an electrolyte formula for pets, or make this recipe at home:

Homemade Pedialyte

4 cups of water (boiled or bottled drinking water)
1/2 teaspoon Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use table salt if you have to.
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or a little juice (I used sodium free broth to add some flavor)

Dissolve the ingredients in the boiling water and cool before serving. You can also freeze it into cubes.

Another contributer used Colloidal Silver [available online or even at your local drug store] to cure a litter of pups with Parvo:

The silver was 70 to 100 PPM [the drug store variety is usually 10 ppm - if its the only one you can, get it and use it]
Given twice a day for a week
Feed canned wet food

Keep us posted on your baby please!

Replied by Juwilin

Last friday my other chiuaua died because of parvo. :( It is too hard for us to see them suffering. Our vet said that our 3 months old chiuaua should be confined in the hospital. As of now she is still fighting. I hope for her recovery. We love her so much. her name is yonna. Still want her to live with us. Her mom was vaccinated 5 in 1 yesterday. Still hoping that she didnt get affected with the virus.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Juwilin - I am saddened by your losses. Were you able to administer any of the activated charcoal? I am sending prayers for Yonna that she will pull through. Please keep us updated.

Replied by Juwilin

Hi Theresa! :) Thanks for the prayers. Yonna got home this morning. She's okay now. Still needs to recover. She ate already and become playful again. I'm so happy but also sad because I didn't saved my 3 dogs. :(

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada

For Parvo give a few drops of MMS for about three days. See the info online.

I know dogs have been cured with this . Look up MMS website, Jim Humble. They have a section on pets. I use MMS myself. Quite affordable.

Also two of my old cats went off food, lost a lot of weight and I knew from experience this was it. However I tried MMS on them and they, being twenty years old , are doing fine three months later. I never give antibiotics as they cause fungal disease and low immune system where the gut never recovers from the depletion of good bacteria. Om

Replied by Catrina
Lakeland, FL

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Catrina!

Many drug stores and health food stores or whole foods type stores carry activated charcoal in tablet or loose powder form. Aquarium and pet stores also carry activated charcoal in a granulated form. To treat a dog with parvo you need to either crush the granules or dissolve the tablets, or start with the loose powder form.

Activated Charcoal works especially well when used with electrolytes to combat the dehydration that occurs with the diarrhea. You can make this recipe at home:

Homemade Pedialyte
4 cups of water (boiled or bottled drinking water) 1/2 teaspoon Morton lite salt (because it has potassium in it as well as sodium chloride) Can use regular table salt if you have to. 2 Tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon flavored jello or sodium free broth to add some flavor

Start with 1 cup of electrolyte solution in a small jar with a lid; add 2 heaping tablespoons of AC and then put the lid on and shake to blend. This goes into a syringe well and then can be placed into your dog's mouth; tip the head back and gently depress the plunger to allow him to drink it slowly. If your dog won't take this concentration, use 2 cups of electrolyte solution and 2 heaping tablespoons of AC. For a small dog such as a Chihuahua I would try to get 2cc's down at a time, every half hour for the first three hours; for a larger breed like a pit bull I would try 10cc's for a dose.

If your dog has an appetite, you can mix the AC into canned dog food and make that a bit wetter and sloppier by adding the electrolyte solution to the wet food. The virus generally does not kill the dog - its the resulting dehydration that does the damage - so make sure you get those electrolytes down.

Give your dog the wet AC and electrolyte loaded food am and pm for 5 days and up to 7 days. If he is hungry between meals, give him extra AC and electrolyte feedings.

Replied by Cherisse
South Africa

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Cherisse!

This thread may provide the answers you seek:

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

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

Namaste, Om

Replied by Becca
Reidsville, NC

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

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Becca!

Mix one quarter teaspoon of the activated charcoal into one half cup of electrolyte solution and try to get your pup to drink it. Try dosing with the AC solution every 3 hours, and keep up with the plain electrolyte solution every half an hour.

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

I just recently got a Maltese X shih tzu puppy thats 9weeks old last Wednesday, I took her to get her vaccination on the Friday and the vet had said she was healthy and everything was fine. Saturday night she started vomiting andlater on had diarrhea that entire day she was so tired and wouldn't eat or drink, took her to the vet today and found out she has parvo and its a high chance she got it from her last owner. I've heard a lot about active charcoal working well for puppies with parvo, I just want to know how much can be given to her? She weighs 1kg. I've been feeding her water mixed with Lectade, that the vet gave, every 30 minutes to every hour. She had an antibiotic shot and another shot to help with vomiting all for 24hrs. If there's anything else we can try to make her better please let me know. I don't want to have to put her down, I want to try everything I can to nurse her back to health

Replied by Hennie
Pretoria, South Africa
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Jasmine!

Sorry to hear about your sick puppy.

Did your vet confirm the parvo with a snap test or fecal float? It is important to not misdiagnose parvo with the canine crud or Campylobacter [more below].

It is important to inform your breeder as the virus may have been contracted by another puppy buyer visiting the litter; the sooner all puppy buyers know about the virus the sooner all can start treating their puppies.

You may find good results with a homeopathic product "Parvaid" by Amber Technologies. Another remedy is "Tamiflu" - read up here:

More on the "crud":

More on campylobacter:

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