The mineral known as silver has been used for healing purposes and for treating diseases as far back in recorded time as 4000 B.C. Eastern Persian records specifically mention the practice of placing water in silver vessels, and the ancient Babylonian and Greek civilizations were fully aware of silver’s ability to disinfect.
The mineral silver is has the amazing ability to fight and destroy antibiotic-resistant super-pathogens. While employed at UCLA Medical School in the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD, documented that silver can actually kill over 650 bacteria, fungi, parasites, molds and fungi that have the potential to sprout diseases. At the same time the tests established that silver has no known side effects.
A 2016 study conducted at the University of Michigan found that when oral doses of silver nanoparticles were administered for 28 days, it did not alter the structure or diversity of the animal gut microbiome. This is in contrast to the detrimental effects of broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Many advocates are pointing to this study when suggesting the beneficial use of colloidal silver for pets.