Frequently Asked Questions
Which pet health conditions can be improved by using silver hydrosol?
Is silver hydrosol safe?
Silver is very safe as it is a naturally existing non-toxic, even at moderately high levels. Good silver hydrosols are produced in extremely low parts per million (5-40 ppm); as a result, there isn’t even potential for it to pose a health threat.
What is the difference between the silver hydrosol liquid and the gel?
Both the liquid and the gel are made from pure elemental silver permanently dispersed in a 30ppm hydrosol. The gel also has aloe. Most people have their animals ingest the liquid, and apply the gel topically. However, the liquid and gel can be used interchangeably by personal preference. For example, some people will spray liquid on a wound others may apply the gel. Some people may spray the liquid on a mouth sore others may place the gel directly on the gums. The main advantage of the gel is that it is designed to stay in places where the liquid may not stay easily. It’s important to keep silver in contact for at least 6 minutes for best effect. The main advantage of the liquid is that it’s easy to add to drinking water and easy to spray. A good rule of thumb is to use silver in a way that’s easy and effective for you and your animal—in a way that will keep the silver in contact for at least 6 minutes.
What are the side effects of using silver hydrosol?
No animals we are aware of have ever had any negative side effects with silver hydrosol. Remember, silver hydrosol is a naturally occurring element and your pets already have trace amounts of silver in their bodies!
Are there any contraindications for using silver hydrosol with other medications?
Beyond the “don’t take it with salt” rule, there are no contradications. If you are worried or concerned about possible problems, give the silver one hour before or after you give other medications.
Can my pet ‘overdose’ on silver?
Because silver hydrosol is suspended at such a low part per million, it is extremely unlikely that any amount of silver hydrosol you give your pets will be detrimental. If you’re using silver that has been poorly manufactured, or is homemade, you may have cause for concern. Generally a pH balanced silver hydrosol that is manufactured under current Good Manufacturing Practices is the best kind to use.
How much silver hydrosol should I give to my pets?
It depends. Because our animals come in all shapes and sizes, the amount of silver we give them will also vary. The serving size varies with animal weight roughly according to this schedule:
• Up to 15 pounds= 1/2 teaspoon twice daily
•75 pounds= 1 teaspoon twice daily
•150 pounds= 2 teaspoons twice daily
If you’re unsure about how much silver hydrosol to use, start according to the table above, and adjust as necessary. Don’t worry, because silver hydrosol is so safe you can’t go wrong. Over time you’ll become familiar with what dosage works best for your pets.
Should I use silver hydrosol every day with my pets or only when they’re sick?
Silver hydrosol can be used safely as a daily maintenance to help keep your animals healthy and prevent disease. Silver kills bacteria, viruses and mold, and since our pets are out exploring the world and we never know when our pets who will encounter these dangers, it’s wise to have them taking silver daily. The maintenance dosage for most animals is minimal (see below). The dosage is usually increased during times of greater need. Depending on the health issue, the dosage could be increased as much as 4-10 times the daily amount to quickly address a health threat. In severe cases, animals have successfully taken these larger doses daily for up to two weeks. If using the gel, it can be applied to affected area several times daily. Remember, silver is very safe and dosages can readily be adapted to the needs of the individual animal.
When is the best time of day to administer silver hydrosol? Is it best to give it with food or on an empty stomach?
Give your animals silver at a convenient, regular time when you will not forget to dispense it. For daily prevention, most people give their animals silver twice daily. While taking the silver hydrosol with food won’t cause any problems, salt can neutralize the effects of silver hydrosol, so if at all possible give your animals silver hydrosol on an empty stomach for optimal results.
How can I keep the gel on my pet without her licking it off?
Gel can be reapplied. If your pet is removing the gel and reapplication becomes too onerous, you can place a bandage over the area, you can apply a cone, or try to time application for when the pet is sleeping. Another method may be to use the liquid in a spray bottle and mist the affected area periodically. The application of liquid is less irritating to sensitive pets. Remember, because it is so safe you can apply (or reapply) silver as often as needed, and it won’t hurt your pet to lick it off—it’ll simply help kill bacteria in the mouth!
Does silver hydrosol require refrigeration or any special storage? How long can I store it?
Silver hydrosol can be stored for more than 2 years. It does not require refrigeration. For best results keep it out of direct sunlight and in a cool place.
Has silver been used for its health benefits for long? Or is this a recent find?
Silver has been used as medicine and a preservative by many cultures throughout history, for at least a thousand years. Greeks used silver vessels for water purification. Pioneers trekking across the west used it to keep their water safe and prevent dysentery, colds, and flu. They actually put silver dollars in their milk containers and wooden water casks to retard the growth of bacteria. Settlers in the Australian outback suspend silverware in their water tanks to retard spoilage. Medicinal silver compounds using its germicidal properties were first developed in the late 1800s; the use of silver compounds and colloids was widespread by 1930. In 1940 there were approximately 48 different silver compounds being marketed to treat virtually every infectious disease known to man and animal alike. These were available in oral, injectable, and topical forms. Since 1973, silver has been shown to have topical activity against 22 bacterial species (643 isolates) including gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Nowadays, silver is used in a wide range of applications from water purification filters are used in Switzerland and international airliners to some swimming pools.
What scientific research exists to back up the health benefit claims?
Over 180 scientific studies conducted at independent facilities like universities, hospitals, research institutions, and nursing homes have been published in medical journals, newsletters, and textbooks. This research is widely available.
How does silver hydrosol support immune function?
Silver hydrosol benefits the immune system directly by moderately improving the number of immune cells that are capable of surveying for disease and destroying foreign pathogens. Silver benefits the immune system indirectly by killing the bacteria and viruses that cause disease, thus reducing the workload from an already overworked immune system and allowing the immune system to refocus its energies and recharge.
If silver hydrosol is so great, why hasn’t my Vet heard of it?
Many veterinarians have heard of silver, but may just not be aware of its efficacy with animals. Another reason may be that silver preparations compete too closely with the higher-dollar antibiotic market. So although it is safer, more effective and cheaper, silver will most likely never get the backing of most veterinarians. Look for a veterinarian who is current on literature and natural healing alternatives.
Where can I purchase silver hydrosol for my pet?
You can purchase silver hydrosol in liquid or aloe gel format from us! The human-grade quality ingredients that are used in Zeusie Healthy Pet Products are what may our products different from other natural products or therapies available.