Making Dog Treats with Activated Charcoal Powder

Some of the most common uses of activated charcoal are for gastrointestinal decontamination, gas relief, and detoxification. With proper use, it can aid in having a better digestive system, something that we can share even with our dogs.

Using activated charcoal powder on your pet can help you address their digestive and breath issues too, as it is effective in binding toxins in their system to prevent microorganisms from breeding further in their stomachs. 

For daily usage, you can give your dogs activated charcoal treats to disguise the taste into homemade delicious biscuits to help them with their digestion, give them cleaner, fresher breath and a less offensive waste odor. Try some of these recipes, your dog might just like them!

Activated Charcoal Powder Recipes for Pets

Dog Biscuits for Constipation Relief

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F
  2. Mix flour, parsley, and charcoal in a large bowl.
  3. Beat egg and stir in canola oil, chicken broth, milk, and water.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture.
  5. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  6. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Using a one-inch cookie scoop, scoop balls onto your prepared baking sheet.
  8. Use a drinking glass dipped in water and flatten each ball into a cookie shape.
  9. Optional: You can use dog cookie cutters, too.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes.
  11. Turn off the oven and leave the charcoal dog biscuits in the oven to cool overnight.
  12. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. You can store them for up to 6 months.

Puppy Popsicles

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup Zen Principle Coconut Activated Charcoal Powder
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • Puppy Chew sticks
  • Puppy bones
  • Banana
  • Dixie cups (or small cups)
  • Blender

Directions:

  1. Mix the peanut butter, greek yogurt, honey, and banana in a blender. Puree it until it is a thick creamy consistency. Then spoon the mixture into your little cups until they are 3/4 full.
  2. Stick a bone or a chew halfway out of the cup, like a wooden stick for a popsicle!
  3. Freeze for at least four hours or overnight! Unwrap the cups, and let your pups go wild!

Get creative with your treats; start by using half a tablespoon to add to your mix and work your way up to 5 grams per 10 pounds of weight of your dog for an ideal daily dosage or as recommended by your veterinarian.

Recommended dose: 5 grams (or about half a tablespoon) per 10 pounds of weight.

*Consult your veterinarian before giving activated charcoal to your dog.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Giving Activated Charcoal Powder to Your Pets

For any kind of dog breed, accidental ingestion of harmful liquids and minor poisoning may be inevitable, but it can be treated with activated charcoal since it can also address gastrointestinal decontamination. But it is imperative that you notify your nearest veterinarian for the accurate administration of activated charcoal or other needed medication for poisoning.

Advantages

  • Activated charcoal powder helps promote better digestion.
  • Supports detoxification by absorbing toxins in the stomach.
  • May help with minor poisoning.

Disadvantages 

  • May cause constipation.
  • Too much activated charcoal powder may prevent medication from working properly.
  • Black stool.

Activated Charcoal Safety Checklist

  1. Keep in mind to not give your dog too much of the activated charcoal powder as this may give them constipation and may unintentionally absorb other vital nutrients that your dog needs.
  2. Do not give your dog activated charcoal powder in the event they ingest fertilizer, ethanol, sodium chloride, fluoride, and other plastics and metals to induce vomitting. Seek animal medical attention as soon as possible.
  3.  Missing a dose of activated charcoal powder should not be compensated with a second dose.
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