Can You Use Colloidal Silver For Pets?

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The science behind colloidal silver and health benefits for pets

Good pet owners consider their fur babies to be official members of the family. Just as we strive to keep our loved ones happy and healthy, good pet owners will do the same for their pets! If your dog or cat falls ill, gets an ear infection or has skin allergies, making sure they're on the road back to health is a top priority. However, veterinary bills can be extremely costly and many pharmaceutical medication for pets end up being a long-term expense. While it is important to always consult your vet when in doubt, like us, many everyday pet ailments can safely and easily be treated at home. This is why an increasing number of pet parents are now looking towards natural treatment to keep their fur babies healthy and happy, hoping to stay away from the vet's office as much as possible, except where strictly necessary!  

If you're a pet parent who is looking for an affordable, easily-accessible and natural treatment for your pet, we'd like to introduce you to Colloidal Silver (also known as True Colloidal Silver, Ionic Silver, Silver Protein, Silver Water, Structured Silver, Silver Hydrosol and more)! Colloidal Silver works as a multi-purpose antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal that has been praised for its ability to prevent and treat an assortment of conditions in both humans and animals.

Colloidal Silver is not a newly discovered treatment. In fact, the earliest documentation of Colloidal Silver was in 400 BC when Hippocrates referred to Colloidal Silver as "the flowers of silver alone, in the finest powder" when listing treatment for ulcers! Additionally, silver was used in ancient civilisations to purify drinking water, as well as in WWl to treat wounds, and is used by NASA to purify water on the international space station!

If you're a responsible pet parent who's looking for natural and affordable alternatives to maintain your pet's health and happiness, read on to discover exactly what Colloidal Silver is and the many health benefits it can provide to your fur baby.

What is Colloidal Silver 

Colloidal Silver is created by immersing submicroscopic (extremely tiny) particles of silver into a liquid solution. Silver has many health benefits and uses and has been used extensively throughout recorded history for a wide range of purposes!

The science behind Colloidal Silver for pets

Colloidal Silver is used by humans and animals as a natural liquid antibiotic, antiviral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal. You may find yourself wondering why anybody would use Colloidal Silver instead of a pharmaceutical product. The truth is that many studies have suggested that man-made antibiotics and the likes are actually quite harmful to animals and humans. In fact, these medicines often cause more side-effects than the original problem itself.

Colloidal Silver is a natural liquid antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and an all-around pathogen fighter. Due to its multi-purposed nature, Colloidal Silver can be used both internally and externally. What makes Colloidal Silver a fantastic antimicrobial is that the silver particles are so minuscule, so they're able to effectively penetrate cells and destroy pathogens and microbes! Since Colloidal Silver is a multi-purposed antimicrobial, it's great to keep in your pet's first aid kit for any disease, infection or wound - plus, it works super quickly! 

How to use Colloidal Silver for pets

Ear infections

Some unfortunate pets are prone to ear infections, typically those who were gifted with long fur, or dogs who love to swim! For these pets, Colloidal Silver may work miracles and offer much-needed relief. Colloidal Silver liquid can be dropped directly into the ears to help fight off bacteria and yeast, and relieve painful inflammation. We recommend using Silverlab's Swimmer's Ear Drops, which contain Silver Repair, with nanoparticles of ionic colloidal silver with proven anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties!

Dosage: Drop 4 - 6 drops of Silverlab's Swimmer's Ear Drops into each ear. Rub gently to disperse the drops around the ear. Repeat up to 4 times daily as needed. If the condition is severe or does not clear up within 6 days, consult your Healthcare Professional.

READ: Is swimming good for your dog's ears?

Skin infections or wounds

Colloidal Silver can also be used for skin infections like ringworm, bites, skin allergies, wounds and burns. By applying Colloidal Silver topically to the affected area, it has an antiseptic, soothing and repairing effect! We recommend Silverlab's Ionized Colloidal Silver Cream, which has been recommended by doctors and homeopaths as a natural topical cream to help reduce symptoms of skin conditions without harmful side effects!

Dosage: As a wound cleaner or other skin treatment, clean out affected area with warm water and apply Silverlab's Ionized Colloidal Silver Cream several times a day.

Eye infections

One of the best (and safest) eye treatments is.. you guessed it.. Colloidal Silver! Because Colloidal Silver does not cause any stinging or burning, it makes for the most perfect, gentle and effective solution to your pet's eye infections, eye wounds and tear stains. We recommend using Silverlab's Colloidal Silver Liquid  which can effectively be used as an eye wash to treat eye infections and conjunctivitis in animals!

Dosage: Apply a drop of Silverlab's Colloidal Silver Liquid three times a day into the affected eye or eyes.

READ: How to know when your dog or cat has an eye infection

Cleaning agent

Because Colloidal Silver is an effective antimicrobial, it can be used as a regular disinfectant for your dog or cat's toys and food bowls, to clean out litter boxes and to clean up after inappropriate urination/defecation in the home! Not only will it help get rid of any nasty microbes, Colloidal Silver will help get rid of any odours in the house, including the ones caused by fur babies! We recommend using Silverlab's Colloidal Silver Liquid in a spray bottle for disinfecting purposes!

Immune-booster

Colloidal Silver is considered to be one of the most versatile natural immune system boosters! Whether it's bacterial, fungal, parasitic or viral in nature, Colloidal Silver can be used to fight off infection and get your pet's immune system back in tip top shape! Studies have shown that Colloidal Silver can help prevent and treat Parvovirus, ringworm, respiratory infections and more! Silverlab's Colloidal Silver Liquid can be turned into mist with a nebulizer to treat your pet's respiratory infections, or can be administered orally to help the immune system fight off illness!

Dosage: Oral dosage of Silverlab's Colloidal Silver Liquid is highly dependent on the size of the cat or dog. 

Follow this general guideline, provided by therapypet.org:

2 to 10 lbs: 2-3 drops
11 to 25 lbs: 4-5 drops
26 to 40 lbs: 0.25 Tsp
41 to 55 lbs: 0.5 Tsp
41 to 55 lbs: 0.5 Tsp
56 to 80 lbs: 0.75 Tsp
101 to 150 lbs: 1.25 Tsp
151 to 200 lbs. and over: 1.5 Tsp

The preventative dose is once per day. However, if your dog is already fighting an infection, then it's recommended that you increase the dose up to 2 -3 times a day! Also, note that the treatment should only be given for 10 days. 

As an inhalant, use a nebuliser with Silverlab's Colloidal Silver Liquid 3 times per day, for at least 15 minutes each time.

Precaution of administering Colloidal Silver to your pet orally

While Colloidal Silver works as a natural, liquid antibiotic and has a high safety profile, it's important to mention that administering Colloidal Silver orally to your dog or cat may reduce the natural flora in their digestive system (just as pharmaceutical antibiotics do, too). Along with giving your pet Colloidal Silver, you need to follow-up with probiotics and prebiotics to rebuild a balanced level of internal flora. We recommend Canigest: Pre-biotic & probiotic for dogs and cats.

Why we love Silverlab's Colloidal Silver products

Silverlab is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high quality ionized Colloidal Silver products. Ionized Colloidal Silver differs from conventional 'colloidal silver' in that it undergoes a specialised manufacturing process that makes it extremely effective and safe. The silver ionizing process also avoids the skin turning a silver colour, a rare side effect of conventional colloidal silver. 

We also love Silverlab Colloidal Silver because it's locally made in South Africa and therefore has a low carbon footprint - because we know our customers like to do their bit for the environment by buying local! Silverlab Colloidal Silver is also eco-friendly and contains no alcohol, sugar, colourants, flavourants or preservatives - just pure ionized colloidal silver in purified water!

If you have any questions related to your pet, please contact us or leave a comment below for FREE health advice. We always love hearing from you!

Saskia Michele natural holistic pet health blog

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