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:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive panting
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash
  • 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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