Can I give activated charcoal to my dog? In summary, activated charcoal is a safe and effective treatment for dogs that have ingested toxins or poisons. It is important to talk to your veterinarian before giving activated charcoal to your dog, as they will be able to give you the correct dosage based on your dog’s weight and the severity of their toxicity.
How much activated charcoal should I give my dog? After administering activated charcoal your pet’s stool will be black, which is perfectly normal. Dosage: 0.5 – 1.5 grams per pound of body weight (0.5 – 1.5 gm/lb); therefore a 5 lb dog would need 2.5 to 7.5 grams of activated charcoal. A 10 lb dog would need 5 – 15 grams. A 100 lb dog would need 50 to 150 grams.
Why are dogs given activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is a commonly prescribed emergency treatment in dogs who have ingested a potential toxin. When administered quickly after exposure, activated charcoal can prevent your dog from developing symptoms of poisoning.
How do I give my dog activated charcoal at home? Most people and vets administer activated charcoal orally via a syringe. Though sometimes a stomach tube may be necessary if your pet isn’t agreeable or able to swallow. Administer the supplement slowly. Offer your dog small parts of the dosage at a time, and remember to allow enough time for them to ingest.