Ever since I wrote my articles about how to treat rodent ulcers in cats for this blog and Catster, both of which went viral, I have been bombarded with emails from cat parents seeking further info about how to use colloidal silver to treat this ailment in their kitties.
As people increasingly seek natural, alternative, holistic remedies for themselves and their pets, there has been a great deal of interest in this “super antibiotic” in recent times. So below is the 411 about what this is, its many uses how it can benefit pets.
A Brief History of Colloidal Silver
According to the website Natural News, what is often referred to as “the world’s oldest antibiotic” is a mineral that consists of silver atoms suspended in ion-less distilled water. The particles of silver are small enough to penetrate on a cellular level and destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites and viruses.
And it’s far from new. In fact, medical historians claim that colloidal silver first came into vogue back in 4,000 B.C. The first recorded medical uses took place in the 700s, during which it was initially used to treat heart ailments and halitosis.
For many centuries, wealthy people in particular used silver in the form of urns, eating utensils and such in order to preserve wine and water, and to ward off life-threatening diseases, such as the plague.
Interest in this wonder mineral really began to take off in the 1800s and on through the 1930s, when this was used to treat wounds, burns, infections and other medical issues. It was widely used during World War I to treat soldiers who sustained wounds, as a way to ward off infections.
In more modern times, colloidal silver fell out of favor with the mainstream medical community, as big pharmaceutical companies commenced the manufacturing of synthetic antibiotics, and hence discouraged medical professionals from using natural remedies in order to protect their bottom line.
But it is now making a big comeback, as people are becoming more knowledgeable about complementary alternatives to mainstream medicine.
What Colloidal Silver Can Treat in Pets
Research indicates that the powerful antimicrobial properties of this mineral render this effective in treating up to 650 disease-causing organisms. Holistic and even a number of traditional Western veterinary health experts claim that colloidal silver can be used to successfully treat – topically and/or internally – a number of pet ailments including:
- Dental issues, such as gum ailments
- Ear, eye and other infections
- Internal and external ulcers, including rodent ulcer
- Seedy toe in horses
- Tummy issues…and more
Some people even say that this can help to prevent fleas in dogs and cats, and can aid in strengthening the immune system overall.
How to Use Colloidal Silver for Pets
I received many inquiries about what ppm to use when treating pet ailments. Most experts recommend between 10 and 20 depending on the severity of the issue. I used Sovereign Silver 10 ppm, which I got from a health food store, to treat Murphy’s rodent ulcers. There are many good brands on the market in addition to this. Just make sure that you purchase pure colloidal as opposed to ionic silver.
Meanwhile, some experts insist that this should only be purchased in glass bottles. However, leading colloidal silver maker Holistic Pet Care claims that this doesn’t apply to high-quality versions of the product, and their specially made Cobalt Blue bottles keep the product pure.
As for dosage, when administering internally, you can merely add this to a cat’s drinking water at a ratio of ½ to 1 ounce, depending on their weight, and 2 to 4 ounces for dogs, depending on their size. Or you can place it in a spray bottle and spritz this on their canned food at a rate of 10 to 20 squirts, or on their kibble, allowing this to air dry before feeding.
As for external administration, you can either pour some into a small spray bottle and spritz some directly onto affected areas, as the pet will allow, or place a little on a cotton ball and dab it on two to three times a day.
For More Information on Colloidal Silver for Pets
Arguably, Steve Barwick, an Arizona-based animal lover, colloidal silver expert and author of the best-selling book “The Ultimate Colloidal Silver Manual,” provides some of the best info on the subject. You can learn more on his website thesilveredge.com.
Of course, you should seek the services of a veterinarian when your pet has any health issues. And if your vet recommends mainstream medicine, that is certainly something to explore. But colloidal silver can be an excellent complement to traditional treatment, and in many cases can expedite healing so that your beloved pets can go back to being their happy, healthy selves.
If you have any questions or input, please feel free to post these in the comments section below, or email me directly.