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.
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.
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.
I continue to get a lot of inquiries about colloidal/ionic silver being used for cats with stomatitis or other mouth issues, so I wanted to pass along what I have learned since posting my experience with KK.
While KK has not had any further incidents with his teeth/mouth since I wrote this article, I have learned of some products that may be helpful to those that find CS is not working, or that possibly requires additional treatment. Unfortunately, I cannot personally vouch for them since I haven’t had a need for them, but based on what I’ve read, I would definitely have no issue trying any of them.
These are in no particular order and if the Sovereign Silver product I mentioned in my article above isn’t working or you want a supplementation to it, these are other possible options. If one product doesn’t work, you may have to look at another, since a lot of natural treatments do unfortunately involve some trial and error to get the desired results.
1-TDC – See in my Amazon shop page here along with the note I’ve added. Read the reviews of users who mention “stomatitis” in them for more information that you may find helpful. I discovered this product through holistic vet Dr. Stephen Blakes’ thepetwhisperer.com website.
Jarrow Formulas Lactoferrin – See in my Amazon shop page here along with the note I’ve added. Read the reviews mentioning “cat” in them for more information that you may find helpful. I discovered this product through an online group and a cat site who shared this study that discussed how this product helped FIV positive cats and FIV negative cats with stomatitis.
Standard Process – VF Bio-Dent for Pets – See in my Amazon shop page here along with the note I’ve added. More information about it can be found at Standard Process’s website. The website also lists locations where the product can be purchased locally. Dr. Karen Becker has mentioned using this product in her practice for stomatitis cases.
HAMPL homeopathic products for stomatitis – You can read about the products here, and also place your order, or if you are in the U.S. and want faster delivery from a U.S. based retailer, here is the U.S. site for the same products, but without the extensive description. NOTE: As of 6/1/22 the U.S. based re-seller site says ‘Under Construction’ and is not able to be accessed. A search of ‘HAMPL’ should provide you with other U.S. Sellers, or contacting the Australia-based company and asking for a U.S. seller may also be helpful due to shipping costs.
BestLife4Pets Oral Health for Cats – See in my Amazon shop page here, along with the note I’ve added. This is a homeopathic remedy designed for cats with stomatitis, bad breath, and inflamed gums, with many options given to administer it. I found the reviews from actual users encouraging and would consider this product if I had a need for it.
The links will take you to my Amazon Shop page where you can see the product to purchase locally or through Amazon. I’ve included a note about it next to the picture of the product.
The HAMPL product links are from recommendations I’ve seen in the groups I’m a member of that have gotten good reviews with their products. I haven’t personally used them, but based on the recommendations, their reviews, and my experience with homeopathic remedies, I feel comfortable recommending them.
Also, make sure to read the comments below from readers who have used these or other products to treat their cats. Some of the most valuable information can sometimes be found in the comments, so I recommend always reading through comments/reviews for anything that could be helpful posted by someone who doesn’t have a high-traffic public forum to share their experience.
For my list of favorite things I (mostly) own and/or recommend to fellow pet parents and occasionally random strangers, you can visit my Amazon store page here, https://www.amazon.com/shop/savingscatsanddogswhilesavingcash. I’ve included little notes about the products also.
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