This post has been a long time coming since the events I’m about to write about happened about five weeks ago, in the early days of volunteering at the Thai Animal Sanctuary in Sangkhlaburi. When I first arrived, among all the other puppies at the Sanctuary, there were three especially tiny ones: Luna, Sky and Shadow who came in with their very sick and skeletal mom, Xena. Xena, trying to simply survive herself never really took to the puppies and rarely fed nor bonded with them herself. Lacking the very necessary antibodies that help puppies and human babies to build strong immune systems through mothers milk, the three puppies were very susceptible to illness.
Sadly, Luna succumbed to her weakened immune system one morning. Sky and Shadow began to grow and seemed relatively healthy. One day however, we woke to Sky looking suddenly terrible. Her face blew up to twice her normal size and her breathing was very labored. Thinking it at first an allergy, she was given antihistamines to try to revert the allergy. But they didn’t work. Several days went by with no improvement as the vets debated what to do to try to help. She passed away one evening and a necropsy was performed by the vets and some vet techs the next day. What they discovered was that her lungs were shot. She had developed infectious pneumonia that led to her demise.
Even though once she became symptomatic, she was separated from Shadow, a few days after her death Shadow’s bark, normally strong and at times annoying, became gruff and sounded like a bark from a dog that had developed emphysema. One vet thought it was just because he had been barking non-stop the night before and had given himself a sore throat. But upon further investigation Shadow’s head, just as Sky, began to swell. Since he showed the same symptoms as Sky, and since we learned that Sky suffered from infectious pneumonia, appropriate courses of action were taken to properly treat Shadow.
Within a couple of days however, yet again nothing seemed to help. Shadow became worse and worse struggling with each breath for tiny bits of oxygen. Normally plump to the point of looking like a dog with a gopher belly, his belly shrunk inward with every breath, collapsing on his body, revealing each rib and bony hips. His eyes told the story of his struggle most of all. Round and dark they gazed up at us with his head extended straight forward in an effort to breath better, pleading to us for help.
On the third or fourth day after no signs of improvement and his health continuing to spiral toward death, as Jo and I sat on the porch discussing what else could possibly help, I thought of the bottle of Colloidal Silver my mom had given me for my travels to stave off any potential illness. Colloidal Silver kills over 650 viruses and bacteria. At the point we were at, nothing else was helping and it certainly wouldn’t hurt him to try the Silver. I first researched whether it was safe to give to pets and found out it was. While my bottle of Silver was a bit more concentrated than the recommended dosage for dogs, again at that point it was worth a shot.
As Jo held him, I squirt several drops in his mouth, then prepared a little pillow with lavender oil sprinkled on it (another thing I read about that helps with breathing as I researched the Silver) to put in his little carrier crate where he slept.
The next day, Shadow was alert and breathing better. Though not 100%, every day after the morning I gave him Silver he continued to improve. Within the week, he began to bark again; rough and course at first, then strong and healthy with bite 🙂
Today, Shadow is alive and well turning into a beautiful young dog full of energy and spark! Some here don’t believe the Silver had anything to do with his turn around in health, but I do. Traditional Western medicines did nothing over several days of treatment to get him feeling better, rather he got worse. But after one dose of Silver, he began to improve. Again some could argue it was complete coincidence. I’m a believer however and in my opinion, Shadow is the proof!