Colloidal silver

Antibiotics and other conventional medical “treatments” for the injuries and illnesses our dogs and cats encounter are often worse for their health than the injuries and illnesses themselves. But when your dog or cat is injured or not feeling well, it can be tough to find an alternative. Often, we resort to conventional medications because we feel we should do “something.” But, when we employ conventional methods, sometimes we do more damage than if we had done nothing at all. Because the conventional approach often harms the immune system, we make it even harder for their bodies to fight off infection and maintain a strong and healthy immune system. But you can find safe and effective “treatments” for your pet. One great option? Colloidal silver.

What is colloidal silver?

Colloidal silver is made when silver particles are suspended in clean, demineralized water and then combined with the water via an electric current. A colloid is a substance in which one substance of microscopically dispersed insoluble particles is suspended throughout another substance. Colloidal silver has very fine silver particles that remain suspended in the water. Some colloidal silvers are “chelated,” which helps improve absorption.

Colloidal silver vs conventional antibiotics

Because of the way silver is structured on a chemical basis, it doesn’t build up as a heavy metal in the body. It also isn’t toxic. Colloidal silver is frequently called a “natural antibiotic.” But, unlike a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which wipes out all the bacteria, it inhibits enzyme production in pathogens (the so-called bad bacteria) instead of killing everything. Traditional antibiotics disrupt the balance of beneficial and non-beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Because the non-beneficial bacteria tend to come back more quickly, this can have an ongoing negative impact on the immune system. Colloidal silver, however, works with the body to support the immune system.

While it can still reduce beneficial flora somewhat if taken long-term, colloidal silver is often a much safer alternative than a broad-spectrum, conventional antibiotic. And, another benefit is that microbes don’t build up a resistance to it like they do with pharmaceutical antibiotics, because of silver’s ability to work in a multi-faceted manner (through catalytic oxidation, reaction with cell membranes, and binding with the DNA of the disease organism to prevent them from replicating). Because the silver has multiple methods to attack pathogens, they can’t develop a resistance to it.

Many people describe colloidal silver as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-microbial, but I do not think of it as “anti” anything. Instead, it is a natural way to support the immune system in a variety of ways.

When to use colloidal silver

Wound care

One of the best things about colloidal silver, in my opinion, is it doesn’t sting. So, you can apply it directly to wounds without the pain many topical wound sprays and hydrogen peroxide cause. For example, one of our dogs, Motley, ripped one of his back claws completely off. I sprayed colloidal silver directly on the wound several times per day to keep it free of infection. Once the nub of his nail grew back, I stopped spraying it. After all, at that point there was no open wound to get infected. I could also have applied it topically with a cotton swab if I had preferred. And, if he had a skin infection, burn, or a larger wound, I could’ve sprayed it directly on the affected area. Or, I could’ve applied it with a compress. Because it doesn’t sting or burn, and because it helps support the body in repairing tissue damage, it’s incredibly valuable in treating skin issues and wounds topically.

Infections and disease

Colloidal silver is good for more than just treating skin issues, though. As you would guess from something that is known as a natural antibiotic, it’s great at assisting the body in dealing with infections and diseases, whether the issue is bacterial, fungal (think yeast infections), or viral. And, rather than spraying bleach or using harsh chemicals, you can use colloidal silver as a preventative when your pet is exposed to potentially sick animals. Remember, pathogens don’t build up a resistance to it, which also makes it very useful as a regular household disinfectant.

Eye problems

Another great way to use colloidal silver is as a support for pets that are experiencing eye problems. Because it doesn’t sting, you can spray it directly into your pet’s eyes. Use it if they’re experiencing infections, allergies, inflammation, or even tear staining. For instance, my dog Barkley recently had some irritation in his left eye. He was holding his nictating membrane, or third eyelid, over his eye. It had probably been scratched or had some dust or something in it. While it wasn’t bad and I couldn’t find anything in his eye, it didn’t go away after an hour or two. I sprayed a bit of colloidal silver in his eye to help support his body in case he had a little eye infection. It didn’t cause him any distress, and after a day or so his eye issue cleared up. It probably would’ve cleared up on its own, but I wanted to give his body that extra bit of support while it addressed whatever was going on.

Colds and respiratory issues

Colloidal silver may also help with colds and respiratory problems. You and/or your pet can inhale it as a mist to help support the lungs.

Administering colloidal silver

Finally, you can also administer colloidal silvery orally. Often, it’s a good idea to support your pet’s body and immune system by administering colloidal silver orally and topically. Read the guidelines and do your research to determine correct dosage amounts. Because colloidal silver essentially tastes like water, it’s very easy to get pets to take it.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways you can use colloidal silver. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to use! Do your research when buying colloidal silver to ensure it’s a reputable brand. Overall, it’s a great item to have in your natural alternative treatment kit!

Have you ever used colloidal silver? How did it work for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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