Colloidal silver is an amazing broad spectrum answer for many health problems in dogs and cats. It is commonly used as an alternative to antibiotics for bacterial diseases, including urinary tract infections and illnesses caused by ticks. Colloidal silver is an inexpensive and effective holistic solution to viral and fungal maladies, too. Colloidal Silver can even be used topically as a natural remedy for rashes, hot spots, and ringworm.
Colloidal Silver is a solution of tiny silver particles suspended in water. It can be bought online or at health food stores. The most economical option is to invest in a colloidal silver generator. This will provide as much colloidal silver as is needed for an entire household of pets and people for many years. For more information about making your own colloidal silver, be sure to watch Earth Clinic’s video about DIY Colloidal Silver.
Internal Use of Colloidal Silver for Pets
Colloidal Silver can be used internally for pets and is easy to administer as it is nearly tasteless. It can be added to a pet’s water bowl, mixed with his food, or given with a syringe. For best results, when treating an acute condition, colloidal silver should be given 2-3 times a day.
How Much Colloidal Silver Should I Give my Dog?
- Large Dogs – 2-4 Tablespoons per dose
- Medium Dogs – 2-6 teaspoons per dose
- Small Dogs – 1-2 teaspoons per dose
How Much Colloidal Silver Should I Give My Cat?
- Large Cats 1-2 teaspoons per dose
- Small Cats – up to 1 teaspoon per dose
- Kittens – ¼ -1/2 teaspoon per dose
If a dog or cat is not responding as desired, it is perfectly fine to increase the dose. There is a wide range of ppm (parts per million) of colloidal silver solutions. If you buy a colloidal silver product, you can follow package directions and dilute to about 20 ppm. If you are making it yourself, aim for a final solution that is between 15-30 ppm.
1. Tick-Borne Diseases
Tick-borne diseases like Ehrlichia and Lyme disease respond to colloidal silver. This natural antibiotic does not come with the typical side effects associated with doxycycline which is usually prescribed to treat tick-borne diseases. Colloidal silver can also be used long term if necessary without the concern of causing a systemic yeast infection associated with traditional antibiotics.
2. Urinary Tract Infections
Dogs and cats with urinary tract infections can take colloidal silver 4 times daily. If the pet is lethargic, an eyedropper can be used to dose the colloidal silver. Because it is almost tasteless, this remedy is less traumatic to sensitive pets than other oral remedies.
3. Respiratory Illnesses
Even if the specific cause of a respiratory illness is unknown, colloidal silver can be used to treat respiratory illnesses. In addition to internal use, it can be added to the ears or even squirted up the nostrils if needed.
If a nebulizer is available and the pet is cooperative, it is possible to use a nebulizer to get colloidal silver into the lungs. 2-5 ml is typically used in a nebulizer at a time. Nebulizers are used as many as four times daily, or as needed.
4. Candida Infections
Colloidal silver has antifungal properties and can be used on a daily basis to fight a systemic yeast infection. It can be used internally and externally simultaneously if needed to treat yeast problems.
Whether diarrhea is caused by infection or food poisoning, colloidal silver is a useful remedy. In addition to using colloidal silver, plenty of fluid (water, broth or children’s oral rehydration solution) should be given to prevent dehydration.
Colloidal silver can be used to treat vomiting in pets. It should be given in small frequent amounts to reduce the risk of the dog or cat vomiting up the remedy. However, overdose is not a risk, so if the dog or cat vomits up the colloidal silver, simply repeat the dose, slowly and gently.
However if vomiting is caused by ingestion of toxic chemicals, a call to the vet is warranted. Activated charcoal is often used for these types of poisonings.
Fever can be caused by a variety of infections. Colloidal silver works against many infections and is a useful remedy to fight the infection and thus eliminate the fever. With fever, additional liquids are usually needed as well.
8. Dental Use
Colloidal silver is useful for oral care of dogs and cats. Bad breath, bleeding gums or mouth infections respond to colloidal silver. Colloidal silver can be swabbed or sprayed into the mouth twice a day or as needed.
9. Prophylactic Use
If a dog or cat is prone to infections, a daily dose of colloidal silver may be helpful to prevent frequent infections. Simply use the suggested dose listed above once daily.
External Use of Colloidal Silver for Pets
Colloidal Silver is also a great topical treatment for a variety of conditions in pets. It can be used in a spray or dropper bottle.
Colloidal silver spray is useful for:
- Hot Spots
Ideally, affected skin is sprayed 3-4 times a day. Colloidal silver does not need to be covered after applying it to the skin, unless there is a reason to cover the skin. (For example, if the dog is scratching or chewing on the skin.)
Colloidal Silver in an eye dropper bottle is useful for:
- Conjunctivitis (drop a few drops in each eye twice a day for two days)
- Ear infections (one dropper full into each ear, twice a day for a week)
Advantages to colloidal silver as an external treatment:
- It is safe for a pet to ingest if he licks it
- It won’t be painful to a pet when it is applied
- It won’t stain furniture or bedding house
Scroll down to read how Earth Clinic Readers have used colloidal silver to treat their pets.
Have you used colloidal silver for your dog or cat? Please be sure to let us know how you used it for your pet, including side effects, if any.