How Safe is It?
Use activated charcoal for dogs when your pet has eaten a poisonous substance. Charcoal has been used for accidental poisoning in animals (and people), and for a number of other conditions—for centuries!
And, there are a number of other activated charcoal uses for dogs, as well as for people. Keeping some on hand can help you keep your favorite dog healthy and smelling fresh!
Use activated charcoal for dogs
in some of your homemade dog treats.
Activated charcoal powder is a finely ground powder that is made by processing materials like wood, rye, coal or coconut shells.
Kinds of Activated Charcoal
Charcoal powder that is activated is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic. The charcoal is made into very fine particles with a huge amount of surface area that will adsorb toxins—this is what makes the charcoal “activated”.
Some charcoal powders are used commercially by industry or to filter things, like swimming pools. The charcoal powder used by factories and for swimming pools is not edible. It will be harmful if you eat it or your dog eats it.
Food grade activated charcoal is usually made from coconut shells, and it is healthy to eat. And there are a number of healthy uses for charcoal.
Make sure you know which kind you are purchasing.
How Safe is Activated Charcoal for Dogs?
Activated charcoal has been used as a routine additive to livestock feed in Europe for years.
In addition, veterinarians give the substance to pets when a dog or cat has ingested a toxic or poisonous substance. You can safely do this at home, especially if you know that your dog has not eaten a life-threatening substance.
Here’s how it works…Charcoal attracts the poisonous particles in your dog’s stomach and intestines, and quickly takes them through her bowels and out of your dog’s body, in her feces.
Your dog’s stools will turn black for a short period of time. This is perfectly normal and not a cause for concern. The most common side effect of activated charcoal is mild diarrhea.
Very rarely, you might also see vomiting, constipation or pain and swelling in the stomach. If any of the symptoms does not disappear in a short while, you should take your dog to the vet to be checked.
Human Grade Charcoal
When you purchase activated charcoal, make sure that it is human food grade.
The only kind that is appropriate for use in your homemade dog treats is the human grade (or possibly livestock grade), which is usually made from coconut shells.
This Activated Charcoal Powder is a safe ingredient you can use in dog treats.
Using activated charcoal for dogs, in treats once or twice a day, will help prevent doggie odor and dog bad breath.