Is Colloidal Silver Safe For Dogs?

Colloidal silver is a supplement that is taken by many people across the world to alleviate the symptoms of various illnesses as well as generally improving the body’s immune response. 

While there are hundreds of positive testimonials available online regarding humans’ experiences using colloidal silver, the question remains of whether colloidal silver can produce the same health benefits in dogs.

Is Colloidal Silver Safe For Dogs?

Pet owners who are concerned for the health of their dogs may wonder whether colloidal silver can be used to treat their canine companions. If you’re part of this group, you’re in the right place. 

In this guide, we’ll be explaining whether colloidal silver is safe for dogs, in what form, and to what extent.

The Benefits Of Colloidal Silver

There is indeed some evidence to suggest that colloidal silver can help with certain health conditions.

Colloidal silver has been shown to effectively kill bacteria because of its antibacterial properties, and this even includes some bacteria that is known to be antibiotic-resistant. 

Colloidal silver has also been proven to stop the spread of yeast and fungi such as ringworm and Candida, and it has had some success in managing inflamed skin, rashes, and infected wounds. It can even be used on burns. 

Even infections of the eyes such as conjunctivitis, as well as sinus infections, can be treated with colloidal silver. Harmful bacteria such as cholera and E coli are also vulnerable to colloidal silver. 

But do these health benefits translate to our canine friends, and is it safe to give your dog colloidal silver? Let’s find out.

Is Colloidal Silver Safe For Dogs?

It’s tricky to determine with certainty whether colloidal silver is safe for dogs (and the same can even be said for humans) because the vast majority of studies on colloidal silver have been conducted using rats as subjects. 

On the one hand, silver is not a heavy metal, so it doesn’t cause heavy metal poisoning. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be toxic.

Some studies have found that colloidal silver use may be linked to allergic reactions, irritation, and even toxicity, particularly in the kidneys, liver, and bloodstream. 

Argyria is also a well-known side effect of colloidal silver (this is a condition where the skin turns blue-gray), although it typically occurs where impure colloidal silver has been used, or where colloidal silver has been used in excess.

So, as long as you use a reputable colloidal silver solution and use it at the stated dose, your dog probably won’t turn blue (Find out How Much Colloidal Silver For Dogs?). 

Research is still ongoing into whether using colloidal silver can harm beneficial gut bacteria, and oral consumption of colloidal silver has been linked to organ damage due to buildups of silver in the bloodstream and organs. 

Although colloidal silver has seen some success with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, some scientists are now concerned that its use may actually cause some bacteria to become resistant in the future. 

And then there’s the concern about drug interactions. Colloidal silver can’t be used alongside antibiotics or thyroid medicine. 

The Bottom Line

With so much conflicting and ongoing research, it’s hard to say with certainty how safe or effective colloidal silver is for dogs. 

Ultimately, since the topical application of colloidal silver is not linked to a high risk of side effects and has been proven to work when treating infections and inflammations, it’s fair to say that treating your dog’s skin condition (with your vet’s permission) using colloidal silver is safe and effective at the recommended dose.

However, medical experts do not recommend giving your dog colloidal silver solution orally since this has the highest risk of side effects and silver buildups in the organs. 

In short, carefully-administered topical application of colloidal silver is thought to be safe for dogs in most cases, but other methods of application should be avoided.

If you are applying colloidal silver to your dog’s skin, do not use it for longer than it’s needed and consider administering prebiotics as well as probiotics to protect your dog’s digestive health (there is a microbiome on your dog’s skin, after all). 

Differentiating Between Different Silver Supplements

Bear in mind that there are many different types of silver supplements available on the market right now. This means it’s easy to get confused, and getting the wrong kind of silver supplement for your dog could be disastrous. 

Pure colloidal silver differs from ionic silver and hydrosol silver, both of which may come up in search results when you research colloidal silver. 

Whereas colloidal silver is made of silver colloids and doesn’t contain any additives, ionic silver refers to silver ions that have been dissolved into water or another liquid.

It’s similar to colloidal silver, but it’s not as potent and so it’s less effective. Crucially, ionic silver is more likely to bind to other elements and build up inside the cells in your dog’s body. 

Hydrosol silver only contains 96% silver on average, so again, it’s less effective compared to colloidal silver. 

You may also find silver protein and silver salt being marketed as colloidal silver. Silver protein is basically silver particles suspended in gelatin, and it’s less effective.

Silver salt, however, comes with additional risks, so it’s very important never to give this kind of solution to your dog.

Although silver salt has its uses (it is an ingredient in some eye drops and wound dressings), if it were to be taken orally, it would result in toxicity. 

Final Thoughts

More research needs to be done into the effects of colloidal silver on dogs. However, the current research suggests that colloidal silver is an effective treatment for canine skin conditions. 

In order to administer colloidal silver to your dog’s skin safely, you should never exceed or prolong the recommended dose, and you should consult your vet first.

Prebiotics and probiotics should be given simultaneously to ensure the survival of beneficial bacteria. 

Since oral administration of colloidal silver carries the highest risk of negative effects, it is not a good idea to give your dog colloidal silver by mouth.

Carlos Esteban