Colloidal Silver DIY Treatment for Dogs, Cats - Ear Infections, Hot Spots, Pink Eye, Wounds…

colloidal silver natural treatment for dogs and cats
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In this article:
1. History of Colloidal Silver
2. How Colloidal Solver is Made  
3. Colloidal Silver Kills Virus, Fungus and Bacteria
4. Topical Uses for Colloidal Silver
  1. Topical use of colloidal silver - frequency of use and strength of product
  2. Abrasions, cuts and wounds - disinfect and speed healing
  3. Canine acne - treating and healing
  4. Conjunctivitis (pink-eye) - treating and healing
  5. Ear Infections - treating, reducing inflammation and healing
  6. Hot spots, skin rash - treating and healing
  7. Insect bites - treating and healing
  8. Periodontal issues - tooth infection, bleeding gums
5. Ingested use of colloidal silver 
  1. Colloidal silver can help treat
  2. Ingested use of colloidal silver, product selection
  3. Dosage by body weight
  4. What is a course of treatment and how long does it take to work?
  5. Overuse and inappropriate use of colloidal silver as an ingested treatment
6.0 How to Select a Colloidal Silver Product
7.0 Cautions

8. Where to Purchase Colloidal Silver

1.0 History of Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver is a powerful broad spectrum natural antibiotic agent, it also has excellent antiseptic, anti-fungal and disinfectant properties. As long ago as 400 B.C. Hippocrates described colloidal silver’s antimicrobial properties. In addition to having antibiotic properties, new studies have demonstrated that silver is one of the most effective substances for fighting antibiotic resistant super-pathogens such as MRSA.
From the late 1800s up until 1938 Colloidal Silver was commonly prescribed to treat a wide spectrum of diseases and infections. With the advent of man-made antibiotics in the late 1930’s, Colloidal Silver lost its popularity. Read here for more information on the history of Colloidal Silver.

The big pharmaceutical companies have done an effective job lobbying the FDA to strike a ruling to discredit the confirmed efficacy of Colloidal Silver as a natural antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent. However extensive research performed by Dr. Robert O. Becker proved the healing properties of silver ions contained in silver.  Read here about how the International Space Station and the Russian Space Station utilized Colloidal Silver. 

2.0 How Colloidal Silver is Made

Pure silver will not dissolve in water. To make silver dissolve it must go through a process.
Pure silver will dissolve and float permanently in water when silver undergoes a process that divides silver into single atoms of micro-clusters of less than 15 atoms each. 
The process results in atoms with a positive electrical charge. 
This allows the the atom to attach to a molecule of simple protein.  
The process is called colloidal suspension. The force of the electrical charge is stronger than gravity, As a result the silver particles remain suspended.

3.0 How Colloidal Silver Kills Virus, Fungus and Bacteria

Silver cripples pathogenic microbe's (one-celled disease causing pathogens), oxygen metabolizing enzyme (chemical lung) causing suffocation and death of the pathogen. This process typically occurs within six minutes. Disease organisms can become resistant to conventional antibiotics (triggering super-infections) as pathogens have enough time to mutate allowing the organism to become immune to the antibiotic during the period of time in which the antibiotic takes effect. Because colloidal silver works at a faster pace pathogens do not have the opportunity to mutate so there is no risk of immunity occurring.

3.1 How Colloidal Silver Speeds Healing

Robert O. Becker discovered how colloidal silver actually works to speed healing. Colloidal silver creates a condition in which usual cell division (mitosis) in body tissue is altered to create one duplicate cell and one de-differentiated cell.
The de-differentiated cell:
  • Is like a blank template that can change into any type of cell in the body.
  • Will naturally migrate to a part of the body where tissue damage exists.
  • Once there the cell transforms to the characteristics of the local tissue type cell where it then supports normal cell repair in the injured area and will also lessen scar tissue formation.

3.2 How Colloidal Silver Kills Fungus

Fungus is comprised of a series of single cells. Like a single cell bacterium, fungus has a chemical lung that is permanently disabled by the presence of Colloidal Silver.
3.3 How Colloidal Silver Kills Viruses

A single virus cells invades a living cell of body tissue and then takes over the nucleus of the living cell and alters its reproductive mechanism to reproduce the virus rather than producing what it was originally intended to produce – i.e. enzymes, hormones, and other necessary chemicals. The virus is then released into the bloodstream. When the virus attacks the cell, the living cell transforms back to a more primitive cell structure which is vulnerable to the effects of Colloidal Silver.

4.0 Topical Uses for Colloidal Silver

Gel and liquid colloidal silver do not sting when applied to wounds, abrasions etc. as colloidal silver kills topical germs without harming surrounding tissue. 

4.1 Topical Use of Colloidal Silver - Frequency of Use and Strength of Product

Colloidal silver can be used daily, or infrequently, as needed. There is no restriction on frequency of use (e.g. daily, weekly etc.).
For topical application choose a product that falls within the range of 10 ppm up to 30 ppm strength.

4.2 Abrasions, Cuts and Wounds 

Apply colloidal silver directly to the wound and if you are applying a dressing (wrap or bandage) apply a little colloidal silver to the dressing as well. 

4.3 Canine Acne

Use a small piece of a cotton ball, massage a small amount of colloidal silver in to the problem areas two to three times a day.

4.4 Conjunctivitis (Pink-Eye)

Drop 2 to 3 drops of colloidal silver water into the eye 2 to 3 times a day.
You can also use colloidal silver gel. Line the underside of the eye with a thin strip of the gel 2 to 3 times a day.

4.5 Ear Infections

To help treat ear infections place 3 to 5 drops of colloidal silver water into the ear canal 2 to 3 times a day.
  1. Gently rub/massage the ear in a circular motion, then remove your hand and let your dog or cat shake her head.
  2. You can use a cotton ball to gently wipe any excess liquid off the inside of the ear flap.
  3. If you need to use a cotton swab to clean more precisely. Never put the cotton swab past the portion of the ear that you can readily see. Do not put the swab into the ear canal. You can very easily damage the ear drum either temporarily or permanently.
  4. Do not use any of these treatments if your animal's ear drums are perforated/punctured.
  5. Swab the inner-ear flap with colloidal silver water or gel once or twice a day.
For more information on natural treatments for ear infections:

4.6 Hot Spots, Skin Rash

  1. Use a cotton ball to apply (dab) colloidal silver directly onto the affected area.
  2. Rub gently.  
  3. Repeat several times daily.

4.7 Insect Bites

Apply several drops of colloidal silver on the bite site. Allow the skin to air dry.
To disinfect after removal of, e.g.,
  1. Blow fly larvae
  2. Ticks
  3. Rash from flea bites
  4. Spider bites
  5. Etc.

4.8 Periodontal Issues, Infected Tooth, Bleeding Gums

Topical Treatment
  1. Use a cotton ball or directly apply drops of colloidal silver directly onto the affected area.
  2. Repeat several times daily.

Ingested Treatment
  1. If the infection/inflammation is severe you may also want to administer an ingested treatment of colloidal silver.
  2. See dosage provided under 'Ingested Uses For Colloidal Silver' below.

5.0 Ingested Use of Colloidal Silver

 5.1 Colloidal Silver Can Help Treat

  1. Bacterial infections 
  2. Fungal infections
  3. Viral infections
However, colloidal silver should NEVER be used as an ingested treatment unless natural alternatives are not accessible within a reasonable time frame. As well should never be inappropriately used or over-used, this is discussed further below.

5.2  Ingested Use of Colloidal Silver, Product Selection

Choose a product that falls within the range of 10 PPM to 12 PPM strength. 
Do not exceed this range.

5.3 Dosage By Body Weight

Dosages below can be given 2x to 3x per day for 10 days.  
Then stop use.

Dosage by Body Weight
Small Dogs, Cats
 2 lbs to 10 lbs - 1/16 tsp
11 lbs to 25 lbs - 1/8 tsp 
Medium Size Dogs
26 lbs to 40 lbs - 1/4 tsp
41lbs to 55 lbs - 1/2 tsp
Large Size Dogs
56 lbs to 80 lbs - 3/4 tsp
81 lbs to 100 lbs - 1 tsp
101 lbs to 150 lbs - 1.1/4
151 lbs to 200+ - 1.1/2 tsp

5.3 What is a Course of Treatment and How Long Does It Take To Work?

Colloidal Silver takes five (5) to seven (7) days - on average, for the initial benefits of ingesting Colloidal Silver to start taking effect.
By the tenth (10th) day - on average, Colloidal Silver builds up in the body tissues to at least a concentration of five (5) parts per million (ppm).
Body tissue that contains 5 ppm of colloidal silver is typically free of virus, fungus and bacteria.
Some dogs and people may show some signs of achiness or sluggishness on the 3rd of 4th day into ingested treatment as the colloidal silver works to eliminate a significant amount of toxins from the body. 
This occurs when there are many toxins present in the body and the eliminatory organs (i.e. bladder, kidney, liver) become overloaded trying to pass the toxic matter.

5.4 Overuse and Inappropriate Use of Colloidal Silver as an Ingested Treatment

Choose a product that is 10 PPM or 12 PPM strength. 

Dose for 10 days then stop use and follow the dosages provided in this article.
Never put colloidal silver in your dog or cat's water bowl on a regular or long-term bases.

Over use (high dose, or prolonged dosing) can cause and contribute to health issues. 
Excessive intake of colloidal silver can cause mineral imbalances in the body, which can lead to health issues.

5.5 Help Avoid Symptoms of Detox

Encourage Consumption of Fluids to Support Detox
To avoid symptoms of detox,  encourage your dog or cat to drink more fluids during treatment. Examples of health and detox supporting fluid recommendations are provided below.
Bone Broth
Offer bone broth to your dog or cat. Homemade bone broth recipe:
Rooibos Tea
Offer rooibos tea to your dog or cat.  Read about the health benefits of rooibos tea, dosage etc:

6.0 How to Select a Colloidal Silver Product

Liquid or Gel, how to choose
  • Colloidal Silver can be purchased in a liquid or gel form - choose according to how you intend to use it.
  • If you want to use it strictly as a topical treatment you can use gel or liquid form.
  • If you want to use it as an ingested treatment use the liquid form.
Packaged in Glass or Plastic, which is best
  • Colloidal silver keeps best in glass, so look to purchase colloidal silver that is sold in a glass bottle rather than in a plastic bottle.
  • When packaged in plastic colloidal silver has a much shorter shelf-life.
How To Store Colloidal Silver
  • Don’t store colloidal silver in the refrigerator or freezer as the electric charge of the appliance can reduce the efficacy of colloidal silver.
  • Check the label, colloidal silver should not contain any stabilizers or other additives. 

7.0 Cautions For Use of Colloidal Silver

7.1 Caution -Allergy to Silver

Colloidal Silver is generally safe for most dogs and cats
However, some dogs and cats are allergic to silver
If your dog or cat is allergic to silver do NOT use colloidal silver.  Symptoms may include but are not limited to:
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive panting
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
If any of the above symptoms occur, cease use.

7.2 Caution - Do NOT Overuse or Inappropriately Colloidal Silver

7.2.1 Never exceed the recommended PPMs.
7.2.2 Never exceed the recommended course of dosing.
7.2.3 Never exceed the recommended dose.
7.2.4 Water Bowl Dosing
  1. Never put colloidal silver in your dog or cat's regular water bowl. 
  2. If you must use colloidal silver internally, dose appropriately as per the instructions in this article, and do not put in your pet's regular water bowl.
7.2.5 Listen To Your Dog and Cat
  1. If your dog or cat does not want to take colloidal silver, respect their indication. Learn more here.
Over use (high dose, or prolonged dosing) can contribute to health issues. 
Excessive intake of colloidal silver leads to mineral imbalances in the body, which can lead to health issues.

8.0 Where to Purchase Colloidal Silver

  1. Amazon and other on-line stores
  2. Natural Health Store
  3. Pet Store 
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  1. I read about this earlier on another dog blog and I am really impressed with it.

  2. On what website would you recommend buying it on?

    1. Hi Rosetta - I would recommend that you thoroughly scrutinize any site that you purchase it from to make sure that they are good quality suppliers. You know you can purchase it any many natural health stores. Las Vegas must have some good stores of this nature. See what is available in store and then if you prefer to purchase on-line (while you are in the store note the name of the better product) and you should be able to order it on-line. Woof and cheers, K

  3. Do you have a specific brand that you recommend? I didnt notice you going into specifics but it would be very helpful.

    1. I don't recommend a specific brand as they are many that are good along with those that are not :>)

      I provide very specific selection criteria in the article above 'Selecting a Good Quality Colloidal Silver'

      Cheers, K

  4. I have 500ppm colloidal silver. Is that safe to use with the dosage you suggested?
    Also, my dog has a liver shunt, would colloidal silver be too harsh on his system?
    Thanks for the information!

    1. Hi Elle, the silver you have is ok but I would not use it if your dog has a liver shunt. If you let me know why you wanted to use colloidal silver I may be able to offer you an alternative.

      FYI - Dogs with liver shunts to best on homemade diets as opposed to commercial processed dry dog foods. If you are feeding him dry processed food (dog kibble) you may want to consider getting him on homemade instead- you can check the index page of my blog for articles on nutrition.

      Cheers, K

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  6. I am not vaccinating our new Great Dane puppy, nor will I subject him to the chemical dewormers. As an herbalist, I plan to strengthen his immune system naturally but would like to give an extra boost during these delicate times where parvo and worms are an issue...
    In your opinion, is it safe to give colloidal silver one a day as a preventative?
    LOVE your site. I am learning so much about herbal medicine for pets, thank you!

    1. Hi Pamela,

      Lucky you, Great Danes are beautiful dogs!

      For comprehensive information and options on natural, dietary, herbal dewormers which are also immune system boosters go to this article

      To boost his overall immune system the best foods to feed him are...
      - a truly well balanced home made cooked and fresh food diet, or
      - a raw food diet;
      - the less desirable option is a dry food that you supplement with fresh foods.

      If you want to feed puppy an immune system boosting homemade food recipe which includes herbs and is appropriate dogs of all ages you can use this recipe

      If you prefer going to a dry food diet then I would encourage you to go grain free - Orijen's makes good products as far as dry kibble goes. Dry food should be hydrated to aid digestion - you can use this recipe

      Regardless of which choice you make supplement with... Norwegian or deep sea kelp (dosage in this article, Norwegian cod liver oil or krill oil (dosage in this article, fresh foods and diary

      Don't use colloidal silver on puppy. If you want to you can add some Grapefruit Seed extract to his food bowl, benefits and dosage are in the dewormer article.

      If you follow the above advice you will have a very healthy puppy.

      Cheers, Karen

  7. I see different ppm offerings. What is the best colloidal silver ppm for a dog w/ dermatitis?

    1. Thank you Karen! I am really enjoying your site and I've been reading all sorts of wonderful information! My dogs (a shepherd, a Sheltie and a bully mix) are thoroughly enjoying your grain free food recipe. (The shepherd chewing the stick on your header is a spitting image of my Shepherd, Bear. ) Thanks for your response!!! I can't wait get some colloidal silver and get some relief for my Bear Dog. The vet was recommending steroids and antibiotics, but, I didn't want to proceed that direction without seeking a holistic remedy first. Sincerely, Meg

    2. Meg, did you used to give Bear and of these ? They are a common and serious trigger of dermatitis.

      Other triggers of allergic contact dermatitis: chemicals in soap (i.e. detergent you may have used to wash his bed, blankets, towels, or his food bowl) flea collars, shampoos, wool and synthetic fibers, plastic and rubber dishes, grasses and pollens, insecticides (environment and prescription vet meds!), petrolatum, paint, carpet dyes, and rubber and wood preservatives. Chemicals used to clean carpet or hard floor surfaces. Neomycin, found in many topical medications, can produce allergic contact dermatitis, as can other drugs and medications.Plastic and rubber food dish dermatitis affects the nose and lips.

      This is whay I don’t use chemical based household cleaners, I don’t use vet or off the shelf chemical based insect/parasite preventatives, plastic food bowels etc. Vinager and lemon are amazing cleaners and see my series of articles on natural inseact and parasite prevention, etc.) You REALLY have to limit Bear’sexposure to chemicals. See my articles on Natural shampoos and dental care too.

      I am going to suggest a few more things to give to Bear to fight the dermatitis. These items will help Bear's body fight the dermatitis...

      Ingested Treatments

      Get some organic unpasturized (raw) honey and add it on top of his food at meal time dosage is ¼ tsp for every 20 pounds of body weight (your other doggie can have it too).

      If you are not currently supplementing Bear's diet with Omega-3 you need to do so Wild Alaskan Salmon, Norwegian (or Arctic) Krill Oil (your other dog can and should have this too)
      • X-Small Dogs and Cats 1 -14 lbs – 250mg
      • Small Dogs and Cats 15-29 lbs – 500mg
      • Medium Dogs 30-49 lbs – 1000mg
      • Large Dogs 50 -79 lbs – 1500mg
      • X-Large Dogs 80 lbs and up – 2000mg

      Coconut Oil (again for Bear and your other dog will benefit as well)

      • The best kelp is that which is most contaminant and toxin free:
       Deep sea kelp;
       Norwegian kelp.
      • Maximum Daily Dosage:
       Small size dogs and cats - ¼ tsp
       Medium size dogs - ½ tsp
       Large size dogs – 1 tsp

      Kefir or yogurt for probiotics


      Organic apple cider vinegar

      Topical Treatment
      In addition to colloidal silver:

      Golden seal

      Coconut oil

      DON’T listen to your veterinarian regarding putting Bear on steroids – read why here

      Natural Alternatives to Prednisone

    3. p.s. drug allergies also often evidence as allergic dermatitis - so another very good reason to stay away from antibiotics and steroids for those reasons as well :>)

    4. Karen: Thanks again for such wonderful information! He was taking Trifexis, but, I hadn't given it to him in a few months. I make my own laundry detergent and cleaners (usually vinegar and a citrus 'tea' made from lemons, vinegar & water). I did clean my carpets within the past 6 months, using some commercial steam cleaning solution, so that may have contributed. He and the other two dogs have been eating your recipe for grain free homemade food (I follow it to a T) for the past week; so, it's not been very long, but he has been getting Cod Liver Oil (Norwegian, I think), Coconut Oil, ground flax seed, garlic and organic raw mother ACV. I will definitely incorporate the golden seal with the colloidal silver. Thanks Again! Your site and blogs are a Godsend for those of us who seek healthy & natural remedies and information for our pets! Meg

    5. Me again - Should I be using a tincture topically of Golden Seal or should Bear be getting capsules? He's about 55 pounds. Thank you so so much!!!


    6. Hi Meg -

      For Bear's skin condition golden seal would be a topical treatment not an ingested treatment. It would just be to help sooth the skin in between applications of colloidal silver. You can use coconut oil as well, instead of the golden seal. You can buy golden seal in a cream or salve form or you can use the cooled tea bags or tea applied to a cotton ball.

  8. Hi Karen! Thanks again for the information. I will report back and let you know how he's faring. I sure do appreciate all your time and the information you've provided me today!


  9. Since learning from you about colloidal silver, I have been researching it on the internet. I'm a bit confused about colloidal silver due to the contradicting information on the internet. Which is better, silver hydrosol or ionic silver? What is the difference? I was looking at the Silver Sovereign site, and The Silver Edge site, Colloidal silver can be used for so many things. Is it safe to make your own colloidal silver? Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.

    1. Hi Jackie,

      I do not recommend that you make your own colloidal silver - it will not have the efficacy of a well engineered product and could even be dangerous.

      Just go with a good quality ionic silver product.

      Cheers, Karen

  10. My poor pup has an infection of some sort in her neck. Right now it is swollen to the size of a plum. 1 1/2 years ago it was grapefruit size and cleared up with Cipro antibiotics. 3 weeks ago it came back...never getting that large again though. She just finished a round of Cipro again on Monday which it had responded to. But now it is swelling again and filling up with infection. She was given Clindamycin today for a 2 week round. Next stop is exploratory surgery if it does not heal up. I would like to try the silver on her. I have Sovereign Silver 10 ppm. Would that be appropriate?

    1. First off I would suggest that prior to considering any exploratory surgery you conduct a thorough examination triggers in her environment. Most allopathic veterinarians make the very big mistake of jumping to drugs and invasive measures prior to examining ingested and environmental causes. I think it highly likely that the source of the flame-ups is something in her environment. Take a very close look at the following questions - answer the questions as there is likely to be an ingested or environmental trigger...
      1. Did you recently get her vaccinated?
      2. Is she on chemical-based insect and parasite preventatives?
      3. Did you start using a new chemical-based household cleaner?
      4. Have you been renovating, painting etc. in the house;
      5. Did you apply fertilizer or pesticides - or did a neighbor do so?
      6. Her daily diet and health care products should be looked at toxic and carcinogenic elements - which should then be removed form her diet - if you need help with this I can assist you.

      I would also be putting her on food items that boost her immune system.

      While she is on antibiotics her immune system is actually being suppressed - during the course of antibiotics foods should be added to the diet which compensate for the adverse effect of antibiotics.

      Cheers, Karen

      Colloidal Silver - it is not a good idea to use conventional antibiotics at the same time as Colloidal Silver.

  11. My Miniature Schnauzer is currently suffering a MRSA infection of his jaw and face (cellulitis) for the past four weeks. This week we started a trial of three antibiotics simultaneously. I've experienced good success in fighting MRSA infections in myself with colloidal silver. I would like to try it on my Scrappy in the dosage you have recommended. However, I am afraid to discontinue the antibiotics as they do seem to be starting to help. He has a tiny open area on his face at the abscess site where it has been previously lanced twice. Would it be cool to apply colloidal silver directly to this open wound as well as giving him the recommended dosage internally? This is an 11 year old dog with no renal issues but he does have a slightly enlarged heart. Thanks for any advice!

    1. More antibiotics will only increase his MRSA - if not now then in the very near future. Do to his heart and renal issues I do not recommend Colloidal Silver for him, and even if he did not have those conditions I would recommend another approach.

      Ingested and topical treatment - natural honey ( also called raw or unpasturized). Purchase a dark honey not a white or light yellow honey. Example of dark honey - Buckwheat honey, Manuka Honey. Apply the honey directly to the abscess site 2 to 3 times a day every day. And start giving him honey to eat twice a day - standard dosage is ¼ tsp for every 20 pounds of body weight. Increase the dosage by about 1/3 and split it between two feeding per day.

  12. Thanks so much for your response! I definitely believe in the healing of honey and will start that immediately. I'd forgotten about it, honestly! You may have misunderstood - he does NOT have any renal issues, just the slightly enlarged heart. So in view of that, do you think tiny doses (maybe half the recommended?) would be ok for a few days? They are telling me if he is not better after this round of antibiotics they want to do a major surgical procedure to go in and clean out all the infection areas. I do not want to put him through this. Thank you SO much for your help! -Sheila

    1. I would be pleased to assist you further you can purchase consultation time with me should you wish to do so.

  13. Hello Karen, I'm not sure if you will get this in time to respond but I will ask either way. I have a 12 year old Shitzu, I believe not spayed yet in the 11.5 years I've had her, she's never been in heat. She developed oozing from her vulva about 4 weeks ago. As a nurse's aide and someone who isn't a supporter of traditional medicine, I have been, with some success, treating her externally. Initially doing a peroxide wash on her vulva and polysporin. That managed to abate the oozing for 2 or 3 days but returned. I then did a couple of days of Epsom salt sit baths with 15 minute poultices and a triple strength polysporin applied to her vulva. This stopped the oozing for 6 days. During the time the oozing was stopped, she ate although only chicken(not a picky eater normally) and throughout this entire process, she had drank normally. Other times I have had to feed her pureed food through a syringe. There has been no vomiting, normal bowel movements, but she has lost significant weight. Finally gave in and took her to a vet Wednesday night. His diagnosis is Pyometra, even though he was unable to detect any swelling in her uterous area and some of the symptoms she is not experiencing. He has given me a prescription of 125mg Noroclav x 2 a day. I am aware of what this diagnosis treatment advice is and at this point, both her physical condition and my financial situation, the typical treatment is not an option. My question, I have access to Colloidal Silver, would this be an effective and viable treatment for her?

    I hope you are able to respond quickly as she is deteriorating in front of me but has a big heart and is really trying to hang in.

    Thank you so much and thank you for all you do in promoting naturalpathic remedies for our critters.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    Lynn and Chelsea

    1. Hi Lynn - read the first two lines of your comment in my review que on my cell phone and that was all I needed to know it was Pyometra. Do not give her Colloidal silver - to hard on her already taxed renal system. Unfortunately all of the drugs you have her on are making her body worse as they are destroying the good bacteria along with the bad and suppressing her immune system - the exact opposite of what is required to heal her - the drugs are killing her.

      Immediate emergency steps right now - do all three right away...

      1) Make some chicken broth ASAP (will take you no more than an hour to make) - use my recipe, bone broth would be better so make the chicken broth and then take enough to get some into her and continue on to make the bone broth

      2) Start giving her natural raw unpasturized honey right now - but you must read my article to understand

      3) Bring her vitamin C level up - if you have cranberry juice in the house get some into her - but has to be no sugar added - real juice. Take a lemon and squeeze some of the fresh juice into the cranberry can also add some natural honey to it.

      Syringe feed her the above if she will not take it on her own. She needs this in repeated dosages every hour right now.

      There is more you need to do but you have to start with. I would appreciate it if you paid for my time putting this together for you as I do not normally get into this depth without first being paid for a consultation. Please click on the '10 minute' PayPal consultation button to pay me for my time. I am busy and have taken time out to address this emergency.

      You will need to do more - for that you can decide if you want to do a consultation with me.

    2. Thank you Karen for getting back to me so quickly. I was, as your response came in, about to give Chels, by syringe, another dose of the antibiotic softened in warm water. I am as we are speaking making your broth albeit I only had chicken breast. I will have to go to our local grocery store to see if they carry the unpasturized honey. I will pick up the cranberry juice and the lemon. I do not have pay pal, is there another method of payment other then pay pal or credit card, that we can arrange?



    3. Please use my email address to correspond -

      Other method of payment - Email Money Transfer. Use my email address

      If you are in the U.S.A. Trader Joes will have natural (raw unpasturized) honey. You can also go to your local pharmacy and purchase Medi-honey.

      Also try to get some kefir or yogurt into her (plain, all natural)

  14. Ok Karen, sent.

    Lynn and Chelsea

  15. Hello Karen,

    I was very happy to come across your website while researching ways to get rid of dog warts. My dog has a large (plum sized) wet/bloody wart on the back of her neck. She has had it for about 9 months now. I did not want to have it surgically removed (she is 14 and had 2 seizures last year therefore the vet did not originally recommend surgery either). But because it has grown so large our vet is now recommending having it cut off using a local anesthetic. So as a last resort I have just purchased some colloidal silver after reading it has good effects with viruses. I have also tried garlic poultices, vitamin e, castor oil (each individually and for several weeks). She also takes a herbal immune system supplement. Mostly the wart does not seem to bother her but it is difficult to keep clean and dry (it seeps). It is not infected (I take her regularly to have it checked), the vet says the blood loss (mostly small) and risk of infection is not great for her health, but possibly less bad than removal. Otherwise she is in good health, active and happy. Do you have any experience with this type of wart? If you do I will progress to your 10 minute consultation. thanks.

    1. Hello Kendra - yes I have dealt with such warts before. Cheers, K

  16. PRONOMINAL INFO!!! Thanks so much for this, I am so gland I found this site!! I just bought my first bottle of colloidal silver for my cat that we found who has a serious infection in the tissue around the eye and a huge abscess on his gums. We did a round of antibiotic (which I was not thrilled about), with little improvement. Quite a few people have suggested colloidal silver, so here we go. I was really looking for an idea on how much to give him for how long and feel blessed to have found this amazing site!! And along the way, I found out I could use it to help my dog who is miserable right now with hot spots and allergies!!!

  17. Hey there Karen! Will this be god to remove plaque and tartar?
    I got Sovereign silver brand 10PPM spray of colloidal silver yesterday and sprayed it in his mouth and also on his PetZlife oral gel and rubbed it on the gums. It's not much just on the back teeth that I can't get off. Thank You

  18. 2nd ingredient in PetZlife is grain alcohol 1) alcohol is a completely inappropriate ingredient but is used by SOME pet companies as it is an inexpensive carrier. 2) the alcohol being used is distilled from non-organic grains and therefore is high in herbicides. Not recommended for any dog, let alone one with a health issue. PetZlife uses grade B essential oils - grade B contains herbicide, pesticide residue and other toxins. The Soverign silver is good.

  19. Oh no!! I used almost the whole bottle on him. These companies are such liars when they say it's natural and has no bad side effect. They fail to mention herbicides and pesticides!! :( I am throwing that away immediately!

    Ok so good thing I got the spray of soverign silver, I can just do 2 sprays on each side every night? Or mix it in some coconut oil and rub it on his teeth at nights?
    Thanks you Karen for letting me know, I really appreciate it!

  20. what is the best strength colloidal silver for cancer on a cat's nose skin cancer (presume gel best) please? I live in the uk. thank you

    1. Minimum 10 ppm, 30 ppm would be better liquid or gel

  21. Karen, thank you for the great website with a lot of valuable information. I have a 10lb dog. she is 6 years old. She is on raw organic diet and has been on it for most of her life. A few months ago, she was diagnosed with dermatitis. Now that I think about it, she got a grey spot on her left shoulder a few month after her vaccinations (booster, heart warm). gray spots since then appeared in her ears and spread to the sides of her body. She was scratching a lot. It has been going on for awhile. The vet gave us shampoo containing sulfur. The shampoo packaging doesn't list any other ingredients and it makes me uncomfortable because I don't like using unknown stuff not on her and not on any other member of my family. Using it did relieve itch for 4 days days or so, but the grey spots wouldn't go away. I used for a months or so. 3 weeks ago I started using pine tar shampoo made by yours truly after reading that it was safe for dogs. It contains 20% of pine tar. We've been using it on a weekly basis. We find that not only it relieves the itch, but her greys sports are slowly fading away. Last week, I also started giving her herbal tea made out of burdock root, nettle, dandelion root and leaves. All the ingredientss are organic. I started with a teaspoon twice daily and now increased it to a tablespoon trice daily.

    As for ears, I clean them with organic apple cider vinegar diluted in water. She still scratches them a lot and the greay spots aren't going away.

    I would like to get your advice on the following:

    1) Is there anything else I can add to the apple cider ear wash to treat the ear dermatitis?
    2) If we were to stop vaccinating her for heart warm, can you recommend a holistic/homeopathic preventative measures instead? I would rather use the latter.
    3) What would you recommend to replace the booster shot with?
    4) Do you think that the amount of the herbal tea I am giving is sufficient?


  22. This is an older post, so not sure if you are still posting replies. I have a 15 yo herding dog mix. She has vaginitis that (almost a year now) 2 rounds of antibiotics did nothing for. There was about a 3-4 mo period between each round. Thru Ultrasound and digital exam nothing found, vet said next is Vagiscopy. That is about $2800. All it will do is determine if there is a tumor or not. at 15 we would not treat a tumor. Her last round of blood work shows kidneys are good. I am uncertain about liver. The issue has been narrowed down to either tumor or bacterial or viral infection. Vet visits and exams are way too stressful for her, and we have opted not to take her for more testing or any visits unless emergency. Would like to do any home remedies we can. Would you recommend or not the use of colloidal silver for treatment on a dog this old? FYI: She is not on ANY pharma meds. Thank you!

    1. Heather - highly unlikely to be a tumor. Antibiotics will not remedy the condition, will actually make it worse, and increase her resistance to antibiotics. Should you decide you would like to address her condition properly a truly holistic approach is required and for that I recommend this

  23. I also wanted to ask if you've had or heard of success in treating/preventing UTI's? My yellow Lab (service dog) is prone to rather frequent bladder infections. He's had them, and has been on antibiotics at least twice per year (for either 2 weeks, or 4 depending on if the infection was cleared with the first course).

    I've just purchased a generator (which should arrive sometime next week). I have the option to convert the ionic silver (that they all create) into a true colloidal silver. Not sure if that should or should not be done (?)

    The vet can find no obvious causes for this. Blood work is all normal, and other than arthritic elbows, he's in great shape. (But he tends to be a tad underweight, despite eating close to double what the average Lab should).

    Also, could you suggest the best method of delivery? I'm concerned adding it to the water bowl would dilute it too much to be effective? Perhaps add it to his food ? (he is raw fed. I'm a little concerned there might be some natural salts - which could convert the solution to silver chloride... Due to his elbows, I feed him a fair amount of wild Atlantic salmon; with several other meats as well).

    Thanks ! :)

    1. I do a lot of holistic diet nutrition wellness plans for dogs with UTI's - treatment and prevention. Recommended course of action is

  24. Hello, my dog is about 11 years old and has had some kidney damage due to the food I was giving him. I have him on a prescription food for urinary conditions. The vet is saying if his symptoms don't clear up with just the food he will need an antibiotic. It helped a year ago when he was diagnosed. I definitely don't want to go that route but don't know what to do. If I force fluids can I do small doses of the sovereign silver? I have used it on myself and husband with great success. Thanks in advance!

    1. Ditch your veterinarian - he/she is going to end up killing your dog - guaranteed. If you do not get your dog off of that toxic veterinarian 'food' you are feeding you are going to see your dog;s health continue to deteriorate. Fix the root cause which is the toxic, inflammatory, carcinogenic diet. The food you have him on now is urinary tract, renal tract, immune system DESTROYING. You can dose your dog with CS but it is not going to resolve the problem. The problem will come back just as it will with conventional ABX as you are NOT addressing root cause. see section 7.2 of this article where I review just a FEW of the issues with Prescription Urinary Tract 'Food' You are at a critical juncture in your dog's life. I recommend you address his health properly

  25. Hi, I have an 8 year old Labrador cross who has been plagued with issues over the last few months, including allergies (vet is unable to establish what she is allergic to). Her nostrils always seem to run (clear liquid) and her actual nose is dry (but not cracked). Her appetite is and always has been epic, she would eat anything given the chance and we have her on bland Chappie meat as other meats appear to give her the runs. She is fed the meat twice a day and has gravy bones in between as treats. She seems well in herself, though seems a bit quieter than usual and sleeps well. It is hard going to the vets with her as she is petrified of them (after a bad experience with a previous vet) and she has to be put under just to be examined as she is so scared. I don't want to keep doing this to her so thought I would try Colloidal silver to see if this would help. She is currently on anti histamines from the vet and I give her Vetzyme conditioning tablets every day. Would it be okay to give her the silver whilst she is taking the anti histamines (Piriton) and the conditioning tablets? Thanks

    1. You need to DITCH your new veterinarian as he /she is further degrading your your dog's health. Piriton contains ALLERGENS, TOXINS and CARCINOGENS. It is NOT healing. Vetzyme also contains ALLERGENS, TOXINS and CARCINOGENS. You are accidentally contributing to your poor dog's health issues. Silver water cannot remedy your dog's health - if you want to help your dog the root cause must be identified and PROPERLY addressed. I have a lot of clients in the UK who came to me after dealing with multiple useless veterinarians. Recommended course of action is

  26. My son has year old pup....terrier mix. Poor thing has skin issues...I advised to go grain free, and add coconut oil to her diet, which they have. But she still has areas of her skin that looks so dry and flaky, should they bathe her often or less often, as she gets quite flaky. I am assuming by reading your article that colloidal silver gel could be the saving grace here? Thank you for so much knowledge on your website.

    1. The silver gel can help as a treatment, but it is not the remedy. The pup needs both treatment and remedy - remedy is achieved by identifying root cause, removing all contributing factors and building a healing long-term solution

  27. Hi,
    I cam across your web site today, as I am trying to determine the best way to deal with an ongoing yeast issue with my dog. Georgia is a 9 year old (almost 10!) yellow lab - we had problems with allergies early on (first 2 years of her life), and figured out that grains and chicken were the major culprit - she was great once we figured that out.

    In November 2014 she had a splenectomy, as a tumour was found on her spleen, so both it and the tumour were removed - she was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, and her prognosis was 6 - 8 weeks without chemotherapy. Needless to say she is still here (yay!), she had a bad ear infection (yeasty, red, raw) late summer 2015 along with her 'butt' being itchy with some discolouration from licking / scratching.

    We had a swab done on her ear as it was very infected (showed yeast) - did a round of antibiotics, and now have Ketaconazole drops for her ears. The left ear is the worst, the right one cleared up in about 2 weeks with those drops - the left is still an issue, but we were only needing to do drops every few days as it was under control, but still producing yeast. Oddly, the right ear was clear!

    Since this time, we have changed her food (as she was already on grain free, I thought that removing carbohydrates such as potatoes would help), but the yeast is still present. She is not exhibiting allergic issues as she had in the past, this all seems to be from the yeast. She is on 'Go!' - Sensitivity and Shine, Limited Ingredient Diet (Duck Recipe) which is grain and gluten free.

    In approx. Oct 2015 we started adding plain yogurt to her food (1 tbspn in morning and evening), and her ears cleared up - no yeast for approx. 2 1/2 months. Now, for the last 2 weeks, she is producing a large amount of the black yeast from her left ear (not very much in the right ear), and her bum is terribly brown from the licking. I've been giving her reactine (per the vet - up to 4 10mg pills per day), to try to help with the bum itch!), along with the Ketaconazole drops in each ear, pretty much daily with a cleaning (flushing with water approx. every other day).

    Can you please let me know if the Colloidal Silver would work as drops, and if it would be okay to give to her orally for a while to help clear things up? We were so optimistic with the yogurt that we had figured this out, but alas here we are again. Thanks for your help!

    1. Recommended course of action is

  28. Hi Karen,
    I have a small mix-breed (about 15lbs) who appears to be suffering from aspergillus. We have tested him for all other illnesses (tooth decay, infection, nose flush of first 1/3rd of nose, nose mite treatment) and the congestion, sneezing, hacking and general miserableness remains. We are currently treating with Colostrum, probiotics and 2 pills of aurum meticullum 30c twice daily. While there has been an improvement, he will actually eat now, I am looking for additional action I can take against an internal fungal infection. Do you believe colloidal silver can help? We are desperate for some help and don't believe the invasive treatments the vet suggests will provide a long term solution. Every time he is given conventional antibiotics he gets substantially worse. Not to mention we simply don't have the $5,000 or so it takes for the conventional treatments.

    1. Hi Wade - in a case such as your dogs, I recommend my holistic diet nutrition wellness service. You are welcome to get in touch with me via email if you are interested.

  29. Hi Karen! Thanks for the great article. It is very helpful. After much research I have decided to no longer give my pooch allopathic heartworm or flea/tick/mosquito products. I successfully used essential oils for the last year for the latter issue. As far as heartworm, I am curious if heartworm could be prevented by regular use of colloidal silver? It seems to me that it would. But I had trouble finding verifiable research on the matter. Read a couple claims that it works.

  30. Hi: We have an abandoned kitten approx. 7 wks old. One eye is oozing and I have been cleaning every day and it does not seem to be getting better. What/how would you recommend treating it? She will, at times, wipe at it but it seems very irritated. Pink eye? Any suggestions?


  31. Hi Karen. I have been battling yeast in my pug for two years. I have tried everything. But this is the first time I heard of colloidal silver. His whole body is itchy. What would be the most effective way to use the colloidal silver topical or orally? If it would be topical, how would I apply it to his whole body? Since he is a pug he has very thick fur. Thank you in advance for your help.

    1. Battling for 2 years, and tried everything means that you really need professional help - you are welcome to become a client.

  32. Hi Karen,
    I took my dog to a holistic vet yesterday for his yearly check up and he has a tooth that looks suspicious and a little inflamed gum..she said she doesn't prefer antibiotics but she prescribed clindamycin. I don't want to use antibiotics. His anesthesia free cleaning is next week. Would colloidal silver take care of it within 10 days?

    Thanks, Dhruvi

    1. Your holistic veterinarian is, like many - not actually holistic. If you would like assistance to properly address root cause and treatment you are welcome to become a client.

  33. Hi Karen,

    thanks a lot for your articles, they're all very informative.

    I have 6 years old berner who seems to have yeast infection. Her ears smell (but are visibly clean), and she chews her paws and licks her vulva. UTI was ruled out, and overall yeast doesn't seem to be really bad, but I would like to get rid of it!

    Maya is on homemade raw diet (beef, turkey, lamb, pork, all organs and bones) with a bit of pureed veggies (no potatoes), last vaccine was 5 years ago as a puppy, no flea/ticks medications, no heartworm preventatives... Pretty clean environment.

    Since my dog has a long hair it's not easy to spray her skin with ACV or anything else. Would silver help if taken internally? If yes, should we go for the whole 10 day cycle? I'm just scared to overdose it an do any harm.

    1. Yes, you can do a 10 day ingested treatment for Maya. You can also do paw soaks - see my article on that. Ultimately if you want to resolve this you may need to have this properly addressed, which I do via a diet nutrition wellness plan.

  34. Hello, my Persian kitty continues to flutter its ears as if something is bothering it. I have had 2 vets look deeply in and see nothing. I was wondering if I could spray collodial silver without hurting him?

    1. Hi Jerry, you could do so, however do so sparingly - a light spray only as introducing a lot of moisture into the ear can cause additional issues.

  35. Our 4 year old golden retriever was just diagnosed this week with aspergillosis. We are already $6,000 in just with CT scans and rhinoscopies. We haven't even been given the treatment cost yet. They would like to drill a hole between his eyes and have medication injected into his sinus cavities. They told us one treatment would not do it. I've been researching the internet for alternatives as we don't have the money and I don't want him treated with harsh chemicals. Today I purchased kelp powder and a probiotic. Do you think doing the treatment of colloidal silver would work on him? We are desperate and don't want to put our baby down.

    1. Yes, you can go ahead and give him the silver water. It can help him, however, used on its own it will not effect a cure, and should be used in conjunction with a well considered, properly designed approach.

  36. Karen,

    First....thank you for loving our Canine friends! You offer so much wisdom and experience, so I am very thankful for you.

    Question -- would it make any sense to continue a "Pro-Biotic" while I administer Colloidal Silver for 10 days? Or should we just pick up the Pro-Biotic after the 10 days? Thank you so very much.

    1. Hi Jeff, the answer to your question is not that simple... I don;t know what issue you are dealing with and your dogs individual circumstances so it is difficult to advise and answer your question. But in general - there are many probiotic supplements and sadly, many have poor viability and inappropriate ingredient including allergens and toxins. Assunming your dog's condition requires probiotics and the one you are using is not a scam product (the supplement industry is very corrupt)it will not do any harm to continue using it along side the silver. Cheers, Karen

  37. Hi Karen, I hope you can give me some advice. My 10 year old English/American Bulldog has chronic ear infections. He has been on antibiotics for several months. He is much improved and seems to be healthy however everytime the ear is tested the vet still finds bacteria. There is less than before. Also this bacteria has been tested to find an appropriate antibiotic to treat the rather resistant bacteria. I'm not sure it is good for him to be on antibiotics for such a long time. I was considering taking him off and starting a colloidal silver treatment. What do you think? Thank you, Tania

    1. Hi Tania,

      Your boy is in real danger of becoming antibiotic resistant. As well ABX brings the immune system down, and with overuse of ABX the bacteria will continue to return. I recommend that the root cause by properly addressed so the infections can be resolved - natural treatment and remedy. Should you ever wish to seriously resolve this you are welcome to become a client.

  38. Thank you for this article...
    I have a 6 year old cocker spaniel that has a lingering sneezing issue... about 2-3 years ago she developed a cough that led to sneezing. One vet believed it was kennel cough that developed into a secondary infection. The coughing pretty much went away but the sneezing still persisted which has a thick mucus discharge that seems pretty normal in color, maybe yellowish. After going to several vets that put her on antibiotics (including clavamox and doxycycline) that didn't seem to help, they also did and x ray and a swab test and said nothing came up. After 3-4 vets the general consensus was that it wasn't serious and I didn't want to put her on anymore antibiotics. At this point she seems much better and about 90-95% of the day she is fine, but still will make a mild cough here and there and sneezes especially when she gets excited and still has the thick wormy looking mucus discharge, usually out of both nostrils, but sometimes just one or the other. I have only been trying holistic approaches since then, including vitamin c and echinacea, but not sure if it's helping. Do you think the collodial silver could be worth trying in this case or anything else that may help? Thank you

    1. You are welcome to book a consultation and become a client to properly address this.

  39. Thank you... have you dealt with this type of issue before and would be able to cure if I proceed with becoming a client?

    1. Yes, I have. The overall treatment and remedy is specific to each individual case based on root cause and the individual's specific circumstances.


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