Antibiotics for dogs are used extensively for almost every condition. It’s the first medicine of choice for every mainstream vet. And certainly the effects can be impressive. But what are the side effects of antibiotics? And what happens when stronger and stronger antibiotics are needed, which still do not yield results?

First lets look at an infection. The body is intelligent and produces symptoms for a reason. It’s the way the immune system works. Often, the efforts of a healthy immune system will completely resolve the problem.

But it needs time. And many people with dogs panic at the first sign of ill health and rush their beloved pet off to a vet. By understanding what a healthy body is always trying to do, is much more valuable than panicking.

Vets are people, too. Even when a vet can’t find anything wrong with your dog, it doesn’t mean there isn’t. And vets tend to respond to your desperate need to do something. So out come the antibiotics, often ‘just in case’.

Antibiotics often have an immediate palliative effect, lulling people into thinking they have ‘successfully treated’ the problem. But they are palliative, not curative.

Antibiotics, along with all veterinary drugs, do have side effects. Quite serious ones, that you may not know about. Here are a few:

  • all veterinary drugs are toxic, which loads up your dog’s system, making it more difficult to heal the problem at its core
  • all veterinary drugs lower the immune system, lowering the overall health of your dog
  • no veterinary drug deals with the cause of the problem, only the effect
  • the massive use of antibiotics globally is creating toxic environments, further complicating everyone’s health in the future

Antibiotics for dogs should be used sparingly, when there really is little or no alternative. When the problem is dire and all other alternatives have been thoroughly explored, to no avail.

So what are the alternatives? There are many. Acupuncture can be highly effective, but can only be carried out by a knowledgeable practitioner. Herbs can be extremely useful, but knowledge is required as some can cause adverse reactions. Feeding your dog a quality, natural diet will keep the immune system healthy, lowering or preventing entirely, the need for antibiotics and other medication.

Probably homeopathic treatment offers your dog the best alternative for all round and deeply effective health care. It also offers you the widest choice of use and is perhaps the most economical treatment.

Expensive and traumatic tests are not required. Even a visit to a homeopath is not always necessary – much good work can be carried out at a distance, by phone or Skype. And you can learn, reasonably quickly, how to use some of the common remedies at home, so avoiding the need for veterinary treatment in many acute situations.

Antibiotics for dogs should not be used as liberally as they are. If you tend to panic easily about the health of your dog, then you are helping to create this problem of overuse. Learn more about alternative health care, some of which can be used at home.


Madeleine Innocent

You know how often people struggle with their dog’s health? They want to know WHY they suffer with health issues and all their veterinarian can offer is drugs and more drugs? They feel helpless and at the mercy of another.Well, what I do is to help you pinpoint WHY your dog is getting sick and implement a strategy that takes you to a feeling of empowerment, of being in control of their life. A strategy that restores their health and allows you, and them, to enjoy life.

    7 replies to "Natural Antibiotics For Dogs"

    • Yvonne Nachtigal

      Hi Madeleine,

      Thanks for all the good information that you provide for pet owners! I agree that vets (as well as medical doctors) offer antibiotics far too frequently, rather than taking a diet and nutritional approach to health. I know they mean well. It’s just how they’ve been trained. (I can really get going on the evils of ‘big pharma’!) \:o|

      I add a tsp of colloidal silver to my dogs water bowls, although I haven’t seen it recommended, it’s just something that makes sense to me and they do great. We take a tablespoon a day ourselves, as an immune system builder. Be careful though, as too much may initially give them loose stools for a few days. I also give them alkaline water to drink (Kangen – with a FLUORIDE FILTER), all of which, when combined with a healthy NON-GMO diet(!*), helps keep their immune systems in good shape. So far so good anyway!

      That “bright eyes” medication that they sell in pet stores for tear stains on dogs, has an antibiotic in it. I’m guessing that colloidal silver would do the same thing, although, my dog’s tear stains cleared up when I switched him to alkaline water.

      *Google “gmo foods” or “genetically modified food” if you aren’t aware of GMO’s in human and dog food – they’re in most wheat and corn products. When I removed all wheat and corn based food from my dogs diet (cookies too – I make my own ;o) ), my female quit having ‘skin allergy’ problems entirely. I’m not so sure it’s simply wheat and corn that are the culprits, I strongly suspect it’s the DNA tinkering (ie GMO) they do to it nowadays.


    • OregaPet

      Excellent article. We completely agree. We offer many Oil of Oregano based solutions for dogs and cats with better results than conventional antibiotics.

    • Madeleine Innocent

      Well done! I would suggest that you allow your dogs a choice of water with and water without the colloidal silver. They may not want it or need it each time they drink. But they will know when they need it.

    • Madeleine Innocent

      Plant based products need to be used with caution, on cats especially. I prefer to get to the cause (usually diet) of the problem. Then the effect (the infection) goes away. It’s all about the immune system. But natural support is certainly better than the usual ones.

    • DogMom

      As always, another fantastic article. We love getting your newsletter, Madeline and share it with others. Sad to say, our first pack was raised wrongly, using conventional vet care, vaccines and feeding pet food. They all suffered horrible health problems, including seizures, severe allergies, kidney failure, repeat ear and anal gland infections, and more. They all died or have to be put to sleep by age 10-12 years. We then learned about natural living and homeopathy and switched to this for both our human and dog family. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a breeder that didn’t vaccinate so our dogs were given “puppy shots” but they’ve never had another poison injected into them since. They’ve been eating pasture-raised, organic raw meat and bones since we got them at 3 months of age and are doing great. Thank you for sharing all this life-saving information with others so they can also enjoy better health and longer lives. FYI, there are now “natural rearing breeders” who raise their animals without vaccines, feed a raw diet and use only natural methods like homeopathy, herbs, flower essences, etc. Our next pack will be from this type of breeder. It’s exciting to see things change for the better as more people learn the truth of natural living.

    • Madeleine Innocent

      Wonderful to hear from you, and your journey. Life IS a journey. As long as we learn along the way then it’s a life well spent. Our animals have so much to teach us, if only we would listen. Well done and keep on letting your animals teach you!

    • Nathalie

      I agree with this very interesting article and myself uses the services of a fully qualified vet using homeopathy and chinese remedies. I also was able to see the benefit of using colloidal silver as a natural antibiotic on a bad sore located on the paw of my dog. the sore has resorbed and no scares left! I love reading about success stories using alternative therapies…thank you!

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