Can Dogs Eat Activated Charcoal?

Updated April 17, 2017

Activated charcoal has many different medicinal purposes. It is very safe for animals to take in controlled doses. Activated charcoal can be especially good for treating common illnesses in dogs.

What It Does

Activated charcoal keeps toxins from being absorbed into your dog's body.

Recommended Dose

The recommended dose is one to three grams of activated charcoal per kilogram of your dog's weight.


Activated charcoal is a common antidote for counteracting poison in dogs. The charcoal helps to prevent the poisonous substance from being absorbed by your dog's body.


Gas is a very common problem for dogs. Administering a one-gram dose of activated charcoal will help to alleviate the problem. Continue administering the dose every six to eight hours until the gas goes away.


One of the most common things for a dog to eat that it shouldn't is chocolate. Chocolate is dangerous to your dog because it cannot digest it. Administering a dose of activated charcoal to your dog immediately after ingestion keeps the toxic elements of the chocolate from being absorbed by your dog's digestive system.

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