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Colloidal Silver was once a remedy for many ailments, but that began to change with the advent of antibiotics.
In any case, are you wondering if your dog can benefit from taking this liquid suspension? Does it even work and, more importantly, is it safe?
We will address those questions and more. But first…
Many folks, to this day, swear by Colloidal Silver as an natural antibiotic as well as its anti-fungal, antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
Others disagree and say it is simply quack medicine.
Whatever your views, everyone can agree on the motto, “do no harm” when it comes to a precious pet’s well-being.
Careful Giving Your Dog Colloidal Silver
You’ve got to go easy when providing it. Do not get carried away!
Colloidal Silver is said to be helpful for:
- Skin conditions
- Certain ear problems
- Bacteria and viral infections
But here’s the reason to be cautious…
The Same Dangers For Dogs
It is well documented that high doses can harm kidneys and bring upon seizures. And too much Colloidal Silver can also cause Argyria, permanently rendering the skin blueish-grey.
Make no mistake: These adverse effects also apply to dogs.
Does It Actually Work or Not?
Colloidal Silver believers continue to cite over 650 diseases and organisms that respond to the suspension. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims effectiveness is completely unproven.
The truth is this drug continues to be viewed with lots of skepticism.
Note: The intent of this article is not to change your personal views of Colloidal Silver one way or the other.
Colloidal Silver For Canines
A purported versatile natural remedy, there are many ways you can give your dog Colloidal Silver.
You can put a few drops 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 (1 or 2 times per day for about a week).
There is even a veterinarian-recommended silver spray that won’t hurt or sting your dog when applied.
A Few More Silver Benefits
Proponents believe Colloidal Silver protects people (and their dogs) from bad bacteria, parasites and many types of viral infections.
That’s not all…
It is believed to keep the immune system strong.
Additional alleged healing properties include help with infections and treatment for scrapes and cuts as well as yeast infections, digestive disorders and thyroid imbalances.
A Word About Dog Dosing
The only real way to be responsible with dosing is to involve your vet.
Avoid guesswork when it comes to the amount of Colloidal Silver your dog receives. While an appropriate dose is generally determined based on body weight, there are other factors as well.
The Bottom Line
Some folks give Colloidal Silver to their dogs without incident.
There continues to be strong beliefs regarding the potential health benefits.
If you plan to provide Colloidal Silver, be sure to conservatively dose it for your dog. Better yet, follow your vet’s recommendation.