Can I Give My Dog Colloidal Silver?

Can I Give My Dog Colloidal Silver?Colloidal Silver is making a comeback in some circles of society so it’s time to address its medical use for dogs. Before the advent of antibiotics, this was one of the most popularly used remedies for a wide variety of infections as well as diseases.

Some people swear by the healing abilities of Colloidal Silver claiming it’s a natural antibiotic with excellent anti-fungal, antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Others disagree and say it’s simply quack medicine. In any case, dog owners with a real interest in natural remedies may consider using it.

Obviously, before giving this to your pet you should seek advice from a veterinarian. High doses of Colloidal Silver can, although rare, harm the kidneys and bring upon seizures in dogs. It’s also well documented that excessive silver can cause Argyria, permanently rendering the skin blueish-grey.

Can I Give My Dog Colloidal Silver? Answer: Yes

While highly debatable, it can be used for treating skin conditions and some ear problems, as well as bacteria and viral infections.

When used within reason, Colloidal Silver is fairly safe for pets and people even if the benefits are less certain. Believers in this medicinal silver cite over 650 diseases and organisms which can be defeated from its effective use. However, the Food and Drug Administration claims it’s unaware of any evidence of Colloidal Silver’s effectiveness. Therefore, this historic drug continues to be viewed with skepticism.

Providing Colloidal Silver

This is a very versatile natural remedy so there are many ways you can give your dog some Colloidal Silver. As an example, if your pet is feeling sick, you can simply put a few drops of it in their water once a day until they hopefully feel better.

For something like an open wound, gently apply some Colloidal Silver gel directly on the area either 1 or 2 times per day for about a week. If your dog doesn’t want to be touched on such a vulnerable spot, there’s a silver spray that shouldn’t hurt or sting when applied.

If their symptoms have not improved within a week you should definitely see your veterinarian.

Where to Buy Silver

With Colloidal Silver gaining in popularity once again, it’s become easy to obtain. Your veterinarian may even have some on-hand to get you started. If they aren’t a silver believer then it can always be obtained at local health food stores, as well as animal feed stores. Obviously it’s also available online.

More Silver Benefits

Proponents strongly believe that Colloidal Silver can help to protect people and their pet dogs from bad bacteria, parasites and many types of viral infections. Further, it’s also believed to help keep you and your pets feeling healthy with a strong immune system. Some more alleged healing properties include help with infections such as ear infections and treatment for scrapes and cuts as well as yeast infections, digestive disorders and thyroid imbalances.

While it’s good to keep an open mind about the use of Colloidal Silver, this over-the-counter antibiotic-like medicine remains highly controversial. If you are unsure, seek the expert advice of your veterinarian.

Precautions on Silver

Colloidal Silver can cause Argyria which is dramatic discoloration of the skin. It’s unclear how obvious this will show up in a typical dog. Nevertheless, you want to avoid this by being responsible with Colloidal Silver dosing. More serious health issues, which are possible as a result of taking this medicine, include kidney complications and the onset of seizures.

While we cannot recommend dosage for your particular dog here, it’s usually best to use a considerably smaller dose based on canine body weight. Anything that’s given to your dog, which is potentially dangerous, should be discussed with your vet just to be sure you’re doing the right thing.

Conclusion on Colloidal Silver

People are using Colloidal Silver on themselves and their dogs. There seems to be strong beliefs regarding its numerous potential benefits. While we haven’t tried Silver in our own household, we think it’s possible that it can help with canine health. As with any drug, be sure to properly dose it for your dog. The best way to do so is by following a good veterinarian’s recommendation.

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Lisa February, 2016

I have a 70 pound yellow Lab. She had surgery to remove some lumps on her abdomen but the area is not healing well. What is a safe dose of colloidal silver for this weight?


Marsha January, 2016

I have a 3 year old Yorkie who started snorting a few weeks ago. It sounds like her nose is all congested. We took her to the vet who said that she didn’t think there was anything wrong because she had no fever or cough and only occasional sneezing. The vet said that my dog’s symptoms could disappear as quickly as it appeared so we took her home and waited about a week.

Things didn’t improve I so took her to another vet. Still no fever and her lungs sounded good but she was still very congested. The vet gave her some antibiotics and steroids just in case it was a sinus infection. My dog is being weaned off of the steroids right now and will continue to finish the antibiotics but she is still not any better. Would it be safe for me to try colloidal silver? How would I administer it and how much?


Anne January, 2016

My 10 year German Shepherd has been getting hot spots on her feet and legs. I am giving her antihistamines and want to try this “silver” product. What do you think? Thanks


Yvonna November, 2015

My 10 year old German Shepard/Malamute was diagnosed with a very nasty strain of MRSA. She recently had surgery and the vet said it is the kind of MRSA a person would get at the hospital. We are treating her with 150mg of Nitrofurantoin every 8 hours and packing her wound site with Gentamicin and Manuka Honey once a day.

Should I add Colloidal Silver to her treatment as well? If so how much and how often? She weighs 100 pounds. The Colloidal Silver I have is MBI Nutraceuticals Colloidal Silver 30PPM Argentum Metallicum. Can I use this?


Angela November, 2015

My 7 week old puppy has Parvovirus. Can I give her colloidal silver?


Don October, 2015

The effective medical use of silver is not controversial at all. It has anti-bacterial properties but anything that challenges big pharma profit margins is deliberately smeared. There’s no doubt, whatsoever, that silver does kill bacteria. It has been used since 1800’s with respect to preventing ocular infections in children. has precise instructions for dosage, and even a calculator. Hope this helps.


Dona August, 2015

Have a nearly 10 year old, 3 pound dog, that is constantly getting lung infections. She’s had x-rays done. Her lung walls are getting thin. How much colloidal silver can I give her to help? She is on antibiotics, for 11 more days, at the moment. Thank you!


MD September, 2015

I think that for a 3 pound pup, 1 tablespoon in her water every day should be safe. If no change in a week or two then increase to 2 tablespoons. Make sure you use ionic silver water. Do your research as there are different colloidal silver waters out there. (I am not a MD, those are just my initials.)


Dody July, 2015

Our Pug just got diagnosed with Lyme disease. We have him on a 3 weeks worth of antibiotics and he also has a very bad ear infection. I wonder if we could give him colloidal silver to help him get better.


MD September, 2015

Pugs are about 17 pounds right? Maybe start by adding 3 tablespoons to his water. If no change in a couple of weeks, try adding another tablespoon. You can also spray some colloidal silver on the inside of his ear flaps and wash them like that every day.


Karon April, 2015

My dog’s feet and face are turning orange from licking them. She only has 10 teeth at 5 years. Will Colloidal Silver help? I heard it would.


Al April, 2015

Sounds like it could be old fashion yeast. Try regular iodine baths for 2 weeks or so, then as needed. Dogs are rarely allergic to iodine, it’s common at the vet so you’d probably know. Maybe test if you want to be sure. Mix 1 part iodine and 6-7 parts water or betadine, povidone-iodine. I use something like a ketchup bottle. Use like a shampoo, avoiding the eyes. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse. Make it in a tub and have your dog stand in it for 5 minutes. I’ve never had it stain, but I rinse right away to be safe! If it’s going to work, you’ll know within 2-3 baths.


MD September, 2015

If it smells like Fritos – it’s yeast!


Jewel November, 2014

Colloidal Silver worked great on our dog’s ongoing ear infections. It seems he is just prone to yeast in his ears. He is a purebred Australian Shepherd. We use it in his water about 1 tablespoon a day when he needs it, as well as put it in his ears. Typically within 24 hours the yeast is cleared.


Bianca December, 2014

Is it okay to use colloidal silver even if my dog has no problems? I just want to keep him healthy.


Cheryl January, 2015

We use it in a similar way most humans use hand purifier. It is sprayed (misted) on the paws after a walk around town and on the face and paws after a trip to the dog park. You never know how many tails those other dogs have sniffed! We use a mix of 10 parts per million. It’s great to spray on hot spots too!


Inga May, 2013

I have a 4 year old rescued Spoodle who continually gets ear infections with his long floppy ears. Can I dilute or put colloidal silver straight into his ears? If so, how much?


Carol September, 2013

I was plagued for two years with an ear infection that would not go away, it constantly came back even though I was spending lots of money on prescriptions. I live in a small town where there is a lot of hunting and hunting dogs. As you know, many hunting dogs have heavy ears that are constantly being dragged through wet grass while hunting.

That being said a friend told me that her doctor told her to mix 1/2 white vinegar with 1/2 rubbing alcohol and every time I bathed, washed my hair, swam or got my ears wet in any way to fill my ears with the solution, smooch it around and let it drain and dry naturally. TA DA! No more ear infections and that is the same thing they use on their hunting dogs, thought I’d never explain that tidbit didn’t you?

The vinegar kills bacteria in the ear and the alcohol dries the ear out so bacteria cannot grow in the dry environment! I use it on my dogs, cats and me, we all have healthy happy ears! Good luck. I make up a batch of 16 oz in a bottle and put it into small bottle with cone shape ends for easy use, and eye dropper would work as well.


James September, 2013

Thanks for sharing that detailed info Carol. This closely relates to the new post about cleaning a dog’s ears and flaps as a preventative health measure. You provided some great info. Keep in touch.


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