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Three Natural Antibiotics For Your Dog



The discovery of penicillin has often been described as a miracle drug. Prior to its discovery, death could occur in what would appear to be very trivial injuries and diseases by today’s standards. It could occur from minor wounds that became infected or from common diseases such as strep throat and pneumonia. There’s no question that penicillin and today’s modern antibiotics can save lives.

But their use has come at a cost.

Antibiotics destroy the intestinal flora and recent research shows that much of the beneficial bacteria is permanently destroyed, even if probiotics are given after antibiotic use.

Martin Blaser of New York University’s Langone Medical Center argues that antibiotics’ impact on gut bacteria is permanent  and so serious in their long term consequences that medicine should consider whether to restrict antibiotic prescribing to pregnant women and young children.

Early evidence from my lab and others hints that, sometimes, our friendly flora never fully recover. These long-term changes to the beneficial bacteria within people’s bodies may even increase our susceptibility to infections and disease. Overuse of antibiotics could be fuelling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.

Previous studies on farm animals have also shown that antibiotic use leads to an increase in antibiotic resistance in animals taking the drugs as well as in people working on the farms where those animals live. Even when farmers stop using the drugs, resistance persists for years, as mothers pass their drug-resistant flora down to their offspring for generations.

Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to antibiotics. Instead of using antibiotics as a first line of defence, try one of the many natural options available. They can be quite effective and they just might help your dog avoid immune system complications and inflammatory diseases that can be caused by antibiotic use. Here are three natural options you should have on hand.

Colloidal Silver

Silver was used 1,200 years ago by Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, sailors, and then by American pioneers. Colloidal silver is a suspension of submicroscopic silver particles in a colloidal base (A colloid is a particle of some substance, broken down and mixed into or suspended in liquid).

Proponents of silver claim that one of its most important properties is its ability to strengthen the immune system. Particles of silver are small enough to penetrate on a cellular level and destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites, and viruses.

Colloidal silver has a variety of uses:

  • it can combat fungus in the body
  • can kill disease, viruses and other harmful bacteria
  • improves the immune system’s ability to fight against viruses
  • soothes burns, repairs skin and tissue damage

During the 1980s, studies done at Syracuse University and the UCLA School of Medicine demonstrated how colloidal silver was highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms, even those that had become resistant to antibiotics. There is no indication of any pathogens, viral, fungal, or bacterial developing a resistance to silver solutions, ionic or colloidal. The only side effect of concern is reducing probiotic bacteria, the way antibiotics do routinely.

Colloidal silver can be taken orally, or through the airways (nebulizing). Five to ten drops, two to three times per day is a typical oral dose.

Oil Of Oregano

Oregano oil has earned some media attention lately for its use in chicken feed. Many farmers are using oregano oil to replace antibiotics to keep their poultry and livestock free of disease. Scott Sechler, owner of Bell and Evens in Fredericksburg, Penn., a provider of antibiotic free poultry has been using oregano oil in his feed for three years. Despite his concerns about flack from naysayers, Scott claims oregano oil has provided the best antimicrobial results since he stopped using conventional antibiotics.

Science has now proven the health benefits of oregano oil are derived mostly from carvacrol and thymol; these are powerful phenols that have the ability to kill harmful bacteria and microbes. Studies have shown that oregano oil has antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and anti fungal properties.

Oil of oregano can be applied orally, topically or diffused. Try two to three drops, three times a day. If using it topically, you can mix 1 drop of oregano with a teaspoon of coconut oil to up its antibiotic power.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey hails from New Zealand and Australia, from the nectar of the manuka tree (tea tree). Manuka honey is an excellent topical antibiotic.

Medical researchers are showing an interest in the honey’s antiseptic properties because of the prevalence of antibiotic resistant super bugs. Researchers have found some honeys, especially manuka honey, effectively prevent the growth of MRSA, a nasty super bug that has invaded hospitals.

All honey has the antiseptic hydrogen peroxide, but it is very unstable, easily destroyed by catalaze, an enzyme found in human skin. But more than 20 years ago, a New Zealand biochemist discovered what the ancient Maoris had always known. After you take the hydrogen peroxide out of manuka honey, there remain additional phytochemical antibacterial factors that are powerful and stable and which years of research have failed to identify as anything other than “non-hydrogen peroxide activity.” This does occur in some other forms of honey, but is most powerful in manuka.

“Not only has it the potential to limit the growth of wound pathogens, but there is evidence that honey has the potential to promote healing,” says Rose Cooper, a microbiologist at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff. “No other antimicrobial agent possesses these characteristics.”

While it shines as a topical antiseptic for cuts, wounds and abscesses, manuka honey is also reported to be effective in treating gastritis and other digestive problems, due to its anti-inflammatory and probiotic characteristics. Its antibiotic, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties also make manuka honey an effective remedy for kennel cough, ringworm, and many other conditions.

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47 Responses to Three Natural Antibiotics For Your Dog

  1. Mary Jo

    Can Oil or Oregano be use as a preventative long term in dogs? I started it about 3 months ago on my lab for allergies and inflammation in her system. I give her 2 drops in either olive or coconut oil twice a day and have noticed a lot of improvement. She doesn’t itch and lick nearly as much. My concern is if I can continue to give it at this dose daily long term. Thanks

  2. Alicia

    If putting oil or oregano in your dogs water, how much should you put. I know it tends to be very strong.

    • Alicia, yes, it is quite strong so I would try just 2-3 drops, at least to start. Keep an eye on your dog to make sure he is still drinking water as he/she may not like the taste. It might be better to just put 2-3 drops in some broth or in his/her food.

  3. Cate

    go to dental specialist. Had a dog named Sniffy with same chronic problem. He was able to pinpoint that she had a shard of bone (from old injury, )that was floating in nasal passage. Not readily detectable by X-Ray, as it moved around, as they changed her position to take multiple images. Required exploratory surgery.
    Good luck and Godspeed

  4. georgia gilham

    I can personally attest to Manuka’s miraculous healing qualities. Watching the healing is like watching a science fiction movie. I have used it on horrendous deep puncture and tear wounds, on myself and the dogs. One day my husband came in and said, “Well the girls are fine, but I have to go get my thumb sown back on.” He exaggerated, it was still attached, but hardly. I pulled it together, applied Manuka and fresh dressing daily – day seven there was a scar – had he gone to the hospital, he would have still had sutures, plus they would have given antibiotics.
    With the dogs, if it’s in a location that can’t be wrapped, after pouring into the wound, I hold them for about five minutes so they can lick it right away.
    Grapefruitseed extract is also a good antiseptic (12 drops of GSE to 1/2 teaspoon of water) mix enough so you have it ready. Colloidal Silver also good. Coconut oil is another. Have not tried oregano oil.
    If you feel like you are coming down with something take two GSE capsules along with 2 Echinachea capsules -do it 3 times a day – if you catch early enough, you won’t get sick.

  5. Kay

    Hi there,
    There seems to be a lot of controversy regarding Grapefruit Seed Extract. It gets rave reviews by users of it. Please could you give me the opinion of all you guys at Dogs Naturally? Do you guys ever use it or are you of the opinion that its effectiveness is due solely to the addition of artificial chemicals? It looks amazing but I do not want to try a product that may be a heath hazard to my dog. Do you know the truth regarding this stuff please??

    • shar

      grapefruit itself is proven to inter fear with antibiotics so I would suggest discussing if you or your dog may be taking anything else to talk to a vet or MD

  6. Jals

    I put straight Oil of Oregano on a toenail fungus and it didn’t burn at all. And it cleared up the toenail problem. Have used it mixed with olive oil for my dog’s ear infection and it did a great job. Saved me the cost of a vet office visit and an antibiotic.

    • Lynn

      Do you think Oil of Oregano will work on fungus on dog nails?
      If not do you know of anything?

      • Lynn, it always comes back to a healthy immune system. Coconut oil can be used for fungus however.

      • BRENDA

        I put 2tsp of applecider vinager in my dogs water BRAGGS brand it is organic. fights bacteria fungus any type of infections and it is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

        • Angie

          How much water?

  7. Isiris

    I also use olive leaf extract & wild indigo extract along with all the above! Didn’t know that manuka honey had those properties above other honeys or grape seed extract. Thanks.

  8. Tina

    I can i use for k-9 skin yeast?

  9. Chery Esau

    Destiny; Spaying is so painful. She must have something for pain.
    If you can google Plaque Attack, it is a natural product that melts away plaque. I use it with a little
    tooth brush for my dogs.
    Also, raw marrow bones are great for keeping their teeth clean.

    • Destiny White

      Thanks, but her teeth are too caked with plaque. We tried that. She must have a dental. She is 6 years old, a rescue and never had dental care. After the dental, I plan to keep her teeth healthy, just like my other dogs.

      • Ruby

        Raw bones WILL clean her teeth… I tell people to use chicken wings and turkey necks… Raw! I have 6.5 yr olds that have teeth like my 1 yr olds….


        Destiny, our dogs just had their dental check. Vet was most impressed with their teeth and wondered what we’re doing to keep them so perfect. Our secret is we feed 1/2 a frozen raw chicken neck to each dog every day, and this seems to scrape off any tarter buildup. One of our dogs (all rescues) is a cockapoo, and they are notorious for bad teeth. Ours has perfect teeth.

  10. Chery Esau

    I use Colostrum which is full of imunoglobins which arms the white blood cells. It is mother’s first milk which programs a new born’s immune system. Comes in capsules at a Naturopathic Clinic or some health food stores.
    My dogs do really well with it when they start to get sick.
    Also, chinese herbs are a good alternative. One of my dogs got into a fight. He had to have a surgery,
    the vet wanted to give him antibiotics & antinflammatorys.
    Instead I called my other vet who mixed him up some chinese herbs for both those things. He is healthy again.

    • Pam

      Do you know or could you ask what exactly was in those herbs? My dog was recently attacked by another and I ended up capitulating to a short round of amoxicillin. It worked, sure, but at what cost? This is great info, but I need more specifics. There isn’t a holistic vet in all of SE Idaho, and Internet searches yield nothing but a ton of very confusing and contradictory information. Please help. God forbid my boys are ever attacked again, but I let them be dogs, so there is always the risk of injury from something. I want to be better prepared.

  11. Nora

    I used coconut oil mixed with a drop of organic lavender essential oil on my golden’s ear to help calm an infection and used the same on his nose when he got attacked through our fence by another dog. Great results with both. Also used lavender e.o. on my teens recent burned finger and she was very happy that the pain and redness went away. A few months ago, I had a sudden large pimple/boil pop up on my underarm/back area and another one came up the next day next to it. I don’t have acne so this was very scary because I believed I might have MRSA or at least a staph infection. I did some quick research online and immediately put tea tree oil on it but went out and bought a silver colloidal gel with tea tree oil in it (bought at a health food store and came in a very small jar, inexpensive. I believe it is the Silver Wings brand) This worked great- the probable boils started to become less red and shrink by the next day and went away without needing to see a physician. In the research I did, I found that silver colloid with tea tree oil in a gel base had good results with mrsa infections. If you have a potential mrsa infection and it is growing rapidly, go to a doctor right away.

    • Germaine

      Hi, I need some advice real bad. My 12 year old doxie about 4 weeks ago sounded like she had a head cold. Low and behold now 2,500$ later still has a nose full of mucous. She sneezes and has whit mucous with streaks of blood at times. Seen 3 different Vets and now she is on her 4th antibiotic and small dose of prednisone. I am so desperate and worried. She started with clavamox went to doxycycline and then azitromax and now zeniquin and the Dr says for a onth. She had cat scans and xrays and teeth probes and a nasal rihnoscopy and no one not even the radioligist knows so they says it’s a sinus infection. All her other tests are good. But she can hardly lay down with her nose gurgling full of mucous. Has anyone ever heard of this?
      Help please.

      • Germaine -

        My 11.5 year old 80 lb. mixed breed has a similar problem, in one nostril only. He’s just finished 7 days of antibiotic and not much difference. I think he sniffed up something when he stuck his nose into a pile of hay. There were a few drops of blood on the first day. Local vet doesn’t have a scope, plus my dog’s age makes anesthetic risky, so there aren’t a lot of options for treatment. This has been going on for probably 2 months now.

        I’m now going to try him on some homeopathic & herbal treatments, as the vet implied the most sensible solution was to put him to sleep, which neither he nor I are ready for. He’s still got a good appetite, likes to trot around the farm and follow me around. He sleeps a lot, but that’s not unusual for an older dog, especially in winter. I ordered something called Sinu-rite and will try some oil of oregano in his food.

        Let me know how your dog is doing.

        • Germaine

          Just an update on my 12 year old daschund. It’s a little over 3 months now and on Zeniquin all that time. Her nose is still full of mucous. She had 3 rhinoscopies and not 1 doctor knows what she has. Everything on her is fine except her nose full and she chokes on all the stuff in her head and days when she sneezes so much out she looks like a kid with a head cold.
          I am taking her off all meds now and not sure what the heck to do. Other then this she is fine.
          Thank you all for care and advice.

      • Tiffany Rodriguez

        I would try to the Olive leaf or GSE to treat the infection. And possibly an infusion/humidifier with essential oils would help also. Yarrow is said to be really good for these type of issues but I have not tried it with any of my dogs yet. I usually google the name of the herb followed by for dogs to do research in regards to the safety and dosage for dogs.

  12. Joy Tarter

    Manuka honey–yeast infection in ears?

    • Yeast is tough – look at diet first but you can try. Let us know how it works!

      • Sunday B Garcia

        My 16 week old Doberman puppy has skin mites, would you recommend giving her Oregano Oil in a capsule or does that not work for that application?

    • Shanti

      Yeast ears? Colloidal silver. Clean the gunk out of the ear first, then literally you just take an eye dropper full of colloidal silver, squirt it in, massage the ear for a minute and let the dog shake. Do that several times a day. It has worked every time for me…and from my experience faster than anything the vet has given me. Definitely try and look at the cause of the yeast ears in the first place. Could be lots of reasons (allergies for my guy).

    • John Sturgess

      Yeast Infection in the ears : In Reality its a location of where the bodies manifestations is appearing. Some dogs show it in the ears some in the skin , my dogs was in his paw pads, some smell of yeast. Bottom line its in the intestinal tract and needs to be Taken care of there first before you can resolve the topical signs. Other wise your just putting a bad aid on it and it will reappear and reappear. Took me 18 months to clear up my dogs Yeast Infection thanks to my Vet Jacking him up on Antibiotics for 26 days . ( I didn’t know at the time, trusted my vet ) MY BAD. never again.

  13. Val H.

    Don’t forget GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT (GSE)! I’ve used this for years for myself and my animals. Haven’t used a regular antibiotic in many years and won’t.

    • Val H.

      P.S. Also have used Colloidal Silver, and Coconut oil to treat eye problems……they both work great and very effective without any side effects.

  14. janene

    HI Destiny, Devils claw is an awesome pain reliever and anti-inflammatory…I know it is safe for use in dogs, but not sure of the dosage rate. I use it with horses and know there are no contraindications with its use with ‘Bute’(analgesic and anti-inflammatory) …although because it increases efficiency of the bute the dosage on that gets lowered IF it is needed at all (I normally find the devils claw is enough and is much safer so use that instead of bute). A little research and you should be able to find the dosage rate for your dogs – also, I use human grade tincture rather than the dried herb or capsules…MUCH more effective. :) (an animal herbalist or good old google should help you)

    • Lisa

      I use Devils Claw for my red healer to help when she straines her damaged sciatic nerve(which Hal
      Ended during a car accident). I give it to her every day with 1/2 a wheetbix softened with water, I actually vitamize the devils claw til it is a fine powder, I give her 1/4 tsp and her body weight is around 20kg. I basically reduced the suggested amount for horses to match up with her body weight!
      We certainly see a difference in her if she doesn’t have it for a few days!

  15. Destiny

    What about medicines after surgery? One of my dogs is getting spayed the other a rescue is getting a dental. They are going to give us pain relievers, any natural stuff I can use???

    • Ruby

      St johns wort

    • Tiffany Rodriguez

      I use feverfew for occasional pain relief in my pack

    • Delphine

      Arnica Montana homeopathic

  16. Krisha

    I think it’s very important to state the Oil of Oregano is a “hot” oil and if applied topically, without difusing it, it will burn! Please dilute this oil prior to using it. Please research this oil prior to using it. It is a powerful healing oil, but you do need to use caution when applying or using it.


    Where are these found to purchase

  18. Juliana

    I don´t have the Oregano Oil, but I have dehydrated oregano. Does it have the same beneficts of the oil?


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