Is colloidal silver ok for cats?

topic posted Tue, October 24, 2006 - 3:24 PM by  anjuli

My cat has had a discharge from one nostril and one eye running for about a year. The vet reckons it's most likely chronic sinusitis, and so far she has had antibiotics whenever she's got particularly snotty.

I am concerned that the antibiotics are getting less effective, and that they're not good for her in general and wonder if anyone knows if it's ok to give her colloidal/ionic silver, which is a natural antibiotic.
She is about 12 years old.

Any ideas/links gratefully accepted...she's on my lap snuffling as I type...

many thanks
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  • Has she been tested for feline herpes? I know that her symptoms are consistant with one form of that.
    • Hi Basina
      She had a nasal swab taken, which showed a bacterial infection which will have cleared with the last lot of antibiotics she was on, but the vet doesn't seem to think blood tests are needed. We have been concerned that it could be a tumour or an obstacle in the one nostril, but that doesn't seem too likely now as it's gone on so long with no change. One possibility is that the tooth that side needs to be removed, but there's no clear evidence of that either, and as she is getting on we don't want to sedate her for an x-ray unless it's pretty clear it's necessary.
      Other than one time when she got an upset stomach she's behaving normally and it doesn't seem to be upsetting her - if she gets worse I will press the vet for more tests.
      If it did turn out to be feline herpes is there a treatment for it? I'm trying to avoid her going onto permanent courses of antibiotics or steroids if it can be helped.

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