Stomatitis symptoms and colloidal silver

Treating stomatitis symptoms with colloidal silver

Up until last Fall, I’d only used colloidal silver randomly for small things on my crew like eye injuries, ear infections, and on Abby’s incisions after her lipoma surgeries.  I had, however, seen enough, read enough, and used it on enough things around the house to know it was one of those things I’d be keeping on hand for the next time someone in the house had anything wrong with them.  Little did I know my need would be sooner rather than later with a very sick cat.

A cat with bad teeth shows ups

When my first rescue cat, KK, showed up in 2012 at the approximate age of 5-7 years old, I noticed right away that his teeth didn’t look very good.  They were pretty worn, discolored a dark yellow, had buildup on them, and at least one of his front fang teeth (upper canine) was broken.

I can’t be certain KK’s poor dental condition was the result of being fed a dry kibble diet, but I strongly suspect it.  None of my current other five cats who came to me much younger than KK did and have been fed a high quality canned food diet before I switched to raw fed in 2017 have teeth even remotely as bad as KK’s were.

Switching to raw, I did notice that eating chunks of raw food helped KK’s teeth tremendously.  They went from being very discolored to still discolored, but much better, and there was a reduction in the buildup.  I still always worried about KK’s teeth though, because of just how bad they were overall, and given KK’s advanced years.

KK suddenly has stomatitis symptoms

Luckily, KK never seemed to be bothered by his teeth and ate as well as any of the other cats.  Things were going fine until one weekend when we noticed KK acting strangely.  He was drooling excessively, not cleaning himself, not interested in eating, and had horrible breath.  I immediately suspected something with his mouth/teeth and started researching what exactly could be the cause.

While KK is a true gentleman when it comes to being handled or medical treatment administered, prying open his mouth to look around to try to figure out exactly what or where the cause of the issue was really wasn’t an option.  Especially given how bad he obviously felt.  From what I was reading online, his symptoms sounded like stomatitis.

Recent research on colloidal silver pays off

As luck would have it, I’d just done extensive research on colloidal silver, including reading many testimonials about it on this post I had written the previous month, http://savingcatsdogsandcash.com/colloidal-silver/.  Feeling confident that colloidal silver would help, I grabbed my bottle of it and started giving some to KK.  Will and I decided that if the colloidal silver didn’t significantly help KK by Monday morning, I would make an appointment first thing with the vet.

While I had initially been giving KK just one dropper full of colloidal silver every 2-3 hours, I wasn’t seeing results as quickly as I had hoped.  Seeing KK feeling so bad broke my heart, so I upped his dosage to two droppers full every two hours.  I kept that schedule up through the night.  To my relief, by Sunday morning KK was doing much better.

Colloidal silver saves the day

I continued giving two droppers full of the colloidal silver throughout Sunday, slowly increasing the time between dosages as he continued to improve.  During that time, KK was ready to eat, so to make it as easy and as painless as possible for him, we gave him canned food.  I continued to feed him the soft canned food for the next few days until he was back to 100% and I no longer had to worry about a relapse.

Because KK continued to improve every day until he was back to his normal self in a few days, we never had to go to the vet.  Unfortunately, having to dose as much as I did and as often as I did, my little 2 oz. bottle quickly ran out.  I ended up having to overnight an 8-ounce bottle to maintain the dosage and schedule that was working.  Keep that in mind if you are going into a weekend or holiday with a sick cat, as you don’t want to run out in the middle of treatment or before your cat is all better.

What I’m doing to prevent a reoccurrence

It’s now been over a year since that incident happened without another occurrence.  I’ve since started making my own colloidal silver and putting it in the cats’ food and water on a regular basis.  I do this to hopefully prevent any future issues and help with removing plaque buildup.

I don’t know what the vet would have done for KK, but I do know it would have been traumatic for both of us and very costly for me.  I also know that whatever medication they would have prescribed would not have been as safe as colloidal silver.  I’m just thankful I’d recently done so much research on colloidal silver and had some on hand to start using as soon as we noticed his symptoms.

Why I recommend colloidal silver to everyone

To those unfamiliar with it or not yet convinced, I recommend you read the very in-depth article I wrote about colloidal silver here.  Colloidal silver is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.  It works like an antibiotic except without any side effects.  It also helps boost the immune system.  I honestly can’t recommend it highly enough.  If I was stuck on a desert island with just a few items for survival, colloidal silver would definitely be on the list.

While I now make my own colloidal silver to use for a wide variety of things, unless you have several animals or unexpected or ongoing health issues you need to treat in your household, buying a bottle is probably sufficient.  The brand that I used on KK back then and recommend is this one https://amzn.to/2UR16jl.

My tips for administering colloidal silver

I’ve always used the dropper (as opposed to the spray) version of colloidal silver for eyes, ears, incision/injuries and for putting directly in the mouth.  I prefer the more subtle treatment method since my animals are all pretty easily handled and medicated.

Since colloidal silver is tasteless, adding a few drops to your cat’s food may be easier than trying to get it into their mouth.  If the animal is not eating, then dropping the colloidal silver directly into their mouth will be necessary, like I had to do to KK.  Once your cat is doing better, continue to add silver for at least a few more days, if not indefinitely, to be sure you are out of the woods and to prevent a reoccurrence.

After about the 5th dosing of gently prying his mouth open to put the colloidal silver in, KK began to get tired of my antics and started resisting.  Since I was up alone taking care of him, I found the best way to give him the colloidal silver was to gently pull the nape of his neck back, causing his mouth to open slightly, and drop the liquid into his mouth.  Be careful not to squirt the colloidal silver down your cat’s throat.  Instead, aim it towards the inside of the cheek or gums, or onto the tongue.

Dosage Guide

Below is a dosage chart that serves as a good guide.  As stated, and as I found in treating KK, you cannot give too much colloidal silver, but you can give too little.  So despite any resistance you may face, don’t be afraid or too frustrated to give plenty of it to your pet frequently,  especially when treating something as serious as stomatitis.

Colloidal silver pet dosage recommendation
Dosage chart courtesy of ‘Colloidal Silver for Pets’ FB Group.

Final thoughts

If you are giving the recommended dosage of colloidal silver in high amounts and not seeing improvement, it could possibly be the brand that you are using is of poor quality.  Like with everything, some brands are better quality than others.

Unfortunately, due to the increase in popularity of colloidal silver, not every brand coming on the market is high quality.  Prior to Sovereign Silver, I had tried the cheaper Source Naturals brand colloidal silver and found that it did not perform nearly as well as the Sovereign Silver brand.

Most health food stores carry colloidal silver, which may be your best option if you suddenly find yourself with a cat with symptoms similar to KK’s.  Getting a good quality colloidal silver is essential, so make sure you read the reviews to ensure that is the case before you put yourself and your cat through the necessary treatment protocol for stomatitis or symptoms that are similar to it.

 

Sources:

https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/02/06/dr-becker-discusses-feline-stomatitis.aspx

 


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18 thoughts on “Stomatitis symptoms and colloidal silver

    1. You’re very welcome, Tamara! I just wanted to share my experience and the capabilities of colloidal silver with others, especially cat owners who have gotten very extreme treatment options for stomatitis which are both very costly and invasive. While this may not work for all cases, I definitely think it is worth a try before more extreme measures are taken.

  1. Thanks for a great write-up. Our Colloidal Silver for Pets FB group gets occasional questions from members dealing with stomatitis, and personal testimonies go a long way when people are on the fence, so I’ll be linking your post. 🙂 You’re so right that the usual treatment for stomatitis are much more stressful for the cat and expensive for the owner.

    The chart of suggested weight-based amounts is an original document from the files at Colloidal Silver for Pets — where we also have lots of research and other information about helping all kinds of pets with colloidal silver. Most usage guidelines we have seen online seem inadequate to us as long time users of colloidal silver, and it’s good to see experience-based amounts being shared.

    1. Thank you Bethany, for stopping by and for your kind words. I’m sorry I didn’t know the chart was an original from the ‘Colloidal Silver for Pets’ FB Group files. I’ve added a notation under it to let readers know. Your group is a wonderful source of information for pet owners and anyone interested in learning more about using colloidal silver. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and for linking my post.

  2. I am a firm believer in silver, but afraid im still learning about its vast use. Im curious, do you think it would help a cat that has a respiratory infection. He sneezes like every 2 or 3 minutes and yellow snot comes out. A vet gave him a shot of vitamin c like 4 months ago but said it would most likely come back. Well it has. So im curious if collidal silver might help? Also, do you think it would take ear mites away?

    1. Hi Trish,

      Colloidal silver will help your cat’s URI for sure, but in my experience, so will apple cider vinegar (abbreviated as ACV), which is much cheaper, unless you make your own colloidal silver. I once had a cat with symptoms similar to what you are describing and before I had any experience with colloidal silver, I cured him with lysine and ACV. Some people have had success with just the ACV, too. I mixed 50/50 water and ACV and then dipped a paper towel in the mixture and wiped down the front legs and sides of my cat so he had to lick it off of him/ingest it. I did that twice a day along with lysine in his food. While I LOVE colloidal silver for just about everything, unless you make it yourself, it is kind of pricey and if you have to order it, you lose treatment time. ACV can be found locally and I recommend keeping it in your pantry for emergencies. It cures a number of things. Just make sure you get the kind with the “mother” in it. Here is a link to the site where I initially found this remedy and recommend to everyone for both themselves and their pets’ health ailments, https://earthclinic.com/pets/respiratory-problems-natural-remedies/.

      As far as the ear mites go, I recently found a product on ebay called CLEARIT in a powder form that I ordered from the UK that has worked better than anything else I’ve ever tried and I’ve tried numerous things. It was around $20 with shipping, but it lasts a really long time and helped both my Lab’s yeasty ears and also my cats’ ear mite problems. I was recently told by another reader that she uses coconut oil in her cats’ ears for ear mites. I have not tried that, as I didn’t want to use anything that would give my cats an incentive to keep rubbing their ears with their paws. You might try that though, or possibly there’s a good natural treatment on that website from above, earthclinic.com. If you can’t find anything, I definitely would look into the CLEARIT.

  3. Hello! A month ago, My three-year-old cat was diagnosed with gingivitis. The doctor gave him an injection of an antibiotic that lasts four weeks. Yesterday we were at the next examination and the doctor noticed that the cat had lost several teeth. The doctor gave the cat an injection of cortisone and said that cortisone is the only therapy. I have a question, can I start treatment with colloidal silver now or have to wait some time for cortisone to go out of the body .. Thank you.

    1. Irina,

      Colloidal silver should be fine to use and I think will help your cat greatly. After the antibiotics, I’d also put him on some probiotics to get his gut flora back on track. Don’t give colloidal silver and the probiotics together though. It’s recommended to wait a couple of hours.

      Also, my cat with the bad teeth (from this post) has continued to do very well on the raw food diet, which is basically eating chunks of raw meat. My other cats that are younger (4 years old) and have never had kibble, have no buildup at all on their teeth from this diet. I’m not sure what you are feeding your cats, but switching to raw (you can buy it as chunks or ground) or dehydrated food could help you keep your cat’s condition under control easier.

      And lastly, another product that I found a vet mentioned for mouth and gum issues is THC-1, found at Amazon here, https://www.amazon.com/1-TDC-Dual-Action-Natural-Support/dp/B00CAB5PU2/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8. It’s kind of pricey and I’m not sure it would work any better than colloidal silver, but I wanted to put it out there in case it helps you or anyone else. The company website is https://1tdc.com/product/1tdc-periodontal-joint-holistic-health-dogs-cats-120-count/. It comes in smaller quantities than 120, but it’s pricier that way, so I chose the 120 count bottle to list. Personally, I’d start with colloidal silver and see how you get along and maybe keep this in mind as a possible addition, if necessary.

  4. Thank you very much!!!! I feed my boy raw.. I have two cats and i feed them the same raw, one cat have problem with his gums, other one is good… I’ll try with colloidal silver, i found it in iherb.com Sovereign Silver.I’ll put it from the dropper direct on his gums, i don’t know how many drops… I don’t know if i put it direct is better than to put it in his water or food…Maybe be you can give me any ideas??? Thank you!!!!!!

    1. I have had excellent luck with the brand Sovereign Silver, which is why I recommend it so highly. It’s also what I used on KK when he was having his mouth issues. As far as putting it in the mouth, I used two dropperfuls, (which was actually only about half a dropperful of colloidal silver, as the dropper doesn’t fill up completely when you squeeze it), when I was actively treating KK’s issues. As he got better and started eating, I put it in his mouth less and added it to his food. The chart in the post gives a guideline of how much to give, but giving more is always better than giving less and won’t harm your cat.

      After a few additional days of giving the colloidal silver by mouth and by food, I was able to cut back to only giving my cat colloidal silver in his food and he did fine. Just watch the symptoms and when they are clear, go ahead and give it for a couple or few more days just to be sure, then you can just put it in the food. My experience was that even the most well-mannered cat got tired of having the drops put directly in his mouth, so I tried to only do it for as long as was necessary, but long enough that we didn’t lose any ground on fighting the infection.

      For me, I am home during the day and my (six at the time) cats ate randomly throughout the day, so I added the colloidal silver to their food container and every time I got food out for someone, there was colloidal silver in it, ensuring KK got some anytime he ate, which is a few times a day. I also have a water bowl that they occasionally drink from that is filled only with colloidal silver. Your other cat can benefit from the colloidal silver too, so it’s not a problem if they get some also. The only issue is that you will go through quite a bit of the colloidal silver, which is not cheap. If you live near a walmart, I have read that they carry a brand called ‘Silver Biotics’ that is much cheaper and sold in 16 oz. bottles that works as well as Sovereign Silver. I can’t personally vouch for it, but it may be something to keep in mind, as this may be an ongoing regimen for you and your little guy. There is also the option of making your own colloidal silver, which is very easy and will save you lots of money. For now though, you seem to be doing everything right, so I think you’ll see good results with the colloidal silver you bought and then can make a decision in the future if you want to keep it up and how you want to go about it. Either way, good luck to you and your little guy and let me know if I can be of any more assistance!

  5. Thank you very very very much!!!!!!!! I’m living in Cyprus and the only way to buy CS is via iherb.com.. Yes it’s little expensive, but I’ll do what i can to do, it’s better than to not do nothing.. I’ll put direct on his gums an will see for result.. And I’ll let you know!!!!! Thank you 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂

  6. Hello!!! It’s me again 😊 and I have some questions. I found several good quality CS brands, but high concentration 200 ppm. Can I dilute up to 20ppm? Will the healing properties be lost? If not, can I dilute with drinking water? Or do I need distilled water? Can I use high concentration just dividing by 10? My cat weighs 4 kg, then I have to divide a single dose by 10? 7.5ml:10=0.75ml this is my single dose, how many drops is it? Maybe it is no good to use in high concentration?
    I’m so confused… Sovereign silver is expensive and there is only low concentration, I read that I can dilute to the desired, but will it be as useful as the original?
    What is the difference between ionic silver and CS? Thank you very very much!!!!!

    1. Hi Irina,

      200 ppm is fine, you will just need to dilute it. 10-20 ppm is strong enough for most things, so on the 200 ppm brand, a 1:10 to 1:20 ratio would be your goal and you should use distilled water, if possible. Other brands that are 10-20 ppm do not require any dilution. You just add them as is to your animals food or directly in or on them.

      If you decide to go with the higher 200 ppm brand, once you’ve diluted a small portion of it, you can then use your diluted mixture directly in your cat’s mouth and add it to his food also. While that method may be more economical, it will be more time consuming and may be more intimidating for a new user, but not impossible.

      Here’s is a website that I think you will find helpful with your question regarding Ionic vs. Colloidal Silver and also lists various brands with their particle size, cost per mL, etc., http://www.silver-colloids.com/Reports/reports.html

  7. Thank you for this info. I have a kitty who has periodontal disease. Last year he had a few teeth removed. I wipe his teeth w/ a dental sponge now, the toothbrush irritates his poor gums & I don’t want to hurt him. His gums have been looking pretty red lately & he also has a tooth that will bleed on and off. I know he may possibly have to have that removed, my current vet said he may have to have all his teeth rmvd. I don’t want to have to put him through that, unless absolutely necessary. I told her I have been using SS, but she dismissed that and referred to the usual product for pets teeth that are approved and tested. I have been using SS 10ppm on the dental sponge and wipe his gums/teeth down as much as he will let me. I guess I am still fearful of using that Inside his mouth, don’t know why, but just am. I don’t use that much. I want to give it a go again, can you tell me how much and how often I should been brushing/wiping his teeth a day? Any guidance will be much appreciated. Thank you

    1. Lil,

      I’m sorry to hear about your poor cat’s teeth and gum issues. Fortunately, I think I may have some suggestions that will help.

      First of all, please do not be worried about using colloidal silver. If it was dangerous in any way, I can assure you, it would NOT be on the market. It will not hurt your cat. CS is extremely helpful for killing bacteria that may be causing your cat’s mouth issues. I recommend you put the colloidal silver (CS) in your cat’s food, water, and maybe even in his mouth a couple of times a day until you get the issue under control. A teaspoon is a good amount to use per treatment, but you can’t give too much. You can, however, give too little and it will be ineffective.

      In addition to the CS, I recently ran across some information that indicated that Lactoferrin is good for treating stomatitis. Here is a link to one study I found, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8896681. It gives the amount of Lactoferrin given and the results, which are impressive. Even though the study title mentions FIV positive cats, it actually was also tested on healthy cats with positive results.

      In addition to Lactoferrin, another possible option I recommend that I read on Dr. Stephen Blake’s site, thepetwhisperer.com is 1-TDC. If you read the reviews on Amazon, many people have had good success with their cats’ stomatitis using it. I recently did a search for 1-TDC after someone e-mailed me requesting information for her cat. I was trying to make sure I sent the link with the best price, as sometimes multiple listings are shown on Amazon with varying prices. During that search, some other products came up that also indicated they were for teeth and gum issues. I’m attaching the search link here, https://www.amazon.com/s?k=1-tdc&ref=nb_sb_noss_2 for you to see the other products that you might find helpful.

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any personal or other experience with any of these products, other than the colloidal silver, so please read the reviews and then decide for yourself what product suits your particular need. I will say that just because one particular product or method doesn’t work, doesn’t mean your cat’s issue can’t be resolved with another product. I’d personally give every one of these products a try before I’d have any of my cats’ teeth removed, but that’s just me.

      Finally, you didn’t mention what you feed your cat, but I hope you are at least feeding a high quality canned food. Raw or dehydrated/freeze-dried would be better. In order to have optimum health, your cat will need optimum nutrition. A good diet is the foundation of his health and will help his immune system which in turn will help his body fight the inflammation and infection.

      Please come back and share if you try any of the products I mentioned or were listed in the search, or find a product or combination of products that work, as this is one of the most common health issues I get requests about treating.

  8. Thank you for all this info. Yes, I do feed him a high quality wet food/s. Have never done raw. So do you think Sovereign Silver is a good brand, is there any other you would recommend? I do wipe his teeth & gums down with it. Though I was only doing it once a day. I will start doing it several times a day. He is not a big water drinker, as most kitties aren’t. I have 6 kitties and many water bowls throughout the house. I give them all filtered water.

    Again, thank you for taking the time to help. I just wanted to make sure Sovereign Silver was a good brand.

    1. Lil,

      I have treated numerous issues with my animals with Sovereign Silver brand, so yes, I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, it can be quite expensive after a while, so I started making my own, but I have heard that Silver Biotics (or similar name), is sold at Walmart for around $20 for 16 oz. and is effective also.

      Making your own is very easy to do. This will probably be a long-term CS use issue, so you might consider it. I hope to write a post soon about how I easily made my CS generator for about $20, but finding time is hard with so many animals and all of my other duties. It is literally just an old phone charger, two alligator clips, and two silver rods that you can buy off Ebay, Amazon, or direct from a silver supplier. Put the rods in some distilled water in a jar and let it brew for a few hours and you are good to go.

      For now, I’d put the CS in your cats’ food, water, and directly into his mouth. Putting it directly on teeth/gums isn’t necessary. Constantly brushing on the gums may actually keep them irritated and sore. CS won’t harm your other cats and may actually prevent any issues with them. It also prevents bacteria from growing in water bowls, so there’s that added bonues too. Watch the issue and when it appears to get better, you can scale back to just putting CS in food and water, which are the two easiest ways to administer.

      If the CS alone doesn’t alleviate the issue in a couple of weeks, I’d look into adding the 1-TDC or similar product to the mix. While my cat fully recovered from the CS alone, not all cats do and you don’t want him to be in pain or suffering.

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