Colloidial Silver & Essential Oils for Dogs

Colloidial Silver & Essential Oils for Dogs

Colloidal silver is simply a liquid suspension of tiny silver particles in water. It has been used for centuries as an alternative medicine for its purported antimicrobial properties. It has been used in human and veterinary medicine as well, to treat various ailments such as infections, wounds, and burns; and still is today. When mixed with pure and organic essential oils, it can have additional beneficial effects.

Some pet owners have used colloidal silver for their dogs as a natural remedy for infections, urinary tract problems, and allergies. However, while the use of colloidal silver is generally considered safe, there are some concerns about its potential side effects. And each dog, like each human being, is a unique breathing being.

The downside if used properly is nominal. Long-term and excessive use of colloidal silver has been reported from days of lore to cause a condition called Argyria. This is a bluish-gray discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes, and internal organs which results from intense over use, often times injected directly. This does not happen to dogs.

Before using colloidal silver for your dog, it is important to consult with a veterinarian to determine if it is appropriate and safe for your pet's specific condition and health status. Some as with humans, due to their particular physiologies, can be harmful to dogs, and certain oils should not be used on pregnant dogs or puppies - ever. It is always best to start with less quantity of oils diluted in carrier oils like coconut oil or olive oil, and monitor your dog's reaction to avoid any allergic reaction.

The most popular reported best essential oils, when formulated safely and specifically for dogs are as follows:
Lavender - Calming and soothing oil. Perfect to relieve anxiety and stress.
Lemongrass - Provides anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
Peppermint - Antimicrobial that helps with digestion and relieves nausea.
Frankincense - Perfect when dealing with respiratory issues or fighting fleas.
Ginger - Ginger oils are useful in treating joint pain and digestive problems.