5 Natural antibiotics that work for dogs, cats and people

October 31st, 2022 at 10:17 am EDT

E.coli is not your friend, especially when you are hiking high in the Andean Mountains of Peru, without running water or a toilet :-(

Which had me thinking, what did the Inca's do for this? It turns out they had a very effective natural antibiotic..

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I am currently travelling with my esposa (wife) in Peru, and it is been wonderful! We just finished hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and will soon be in the Amazon jungle!!

The Peruvian people are awesome, the country is incredibly beautiful, and I can't believe what the Inca's have done- If you ever get a chance you should visit here

That being said, I have had to deal with a bout of E.Coli.. I was very sick so ending up resorting to antibiotics after the Slippery Elm was not helping.

Our guide said that in the times of the Incas they had an antibacterial that is still in use today...and I will be on it soon :-)

5 Natural Antibiotics

Colloidal Silver

Tula was attacked by a racoon

What did I use?

Clip and cleaned wound using chlorhexidine as a flush

Then I used Colloidal Silver orally and topically. Colloidal silver consists of tiny silver particles in a liquid.

It has extensively studies, safe, good antibacterial properties.. I had many clients using this on their dogs and cats with good results.

Dose: ¼ teaspoon/10lbs body weight twice daily, applied topically

Coconut Oil

It Can Kill Harmful Microorganisms

The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that can help protect against harmful microorganisms.

This is especially important for skin health, as many types of skin infections, including acne, cellulitis, folliculitis and athlete’s foot, are caused by bacteria or fungi.

Applying coconut oil directly to the skin may prevent the growth of these microorganisms.

This is due to its lauric acid content, which makes up nearly 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil and can fight harmful microorganisms.

One study tested the antibacterial properties of 30 types of fatty acids against 20 different strains of bacteria. Lauric acid was found to be the most effective at blocking the growth of bacteria.

Tula does get a recurring infection in one nostril, and I have found that topical coconut oil is the most effective way to treat it.


Natural Treatment for the bacteria causing Lyme disease... Garlic!

Here is a recent review study:

Laboratory study hints that plant compounds may be better than current antibiotics at treating persistent Lyme bacteria and associated symptoms

Oils from garlic and several other common herbs and medicinal plants show strong activity against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. These oils may be especially useful in alleviating Lyme symptoms that persist despite standard antibiotic treatment, the study also suggests.

The study, published October 16 in the journal Antibiotics, included lab-dish tests of 35 essential oils—oils that are pressed from plants or their fruits and contain the plant’s main fragrance, or “essence.” The Bloomberg School researchers found that 10 of these, including oils from garlic cloves, myrrh trees, thyme leaves, cinnamon bark, allspice berries and cumin seeds, showed strong killing activity against dormant and slow-growing “persister” forms of the Lyme disease bacterium.

“We found that these essential oils were even better at killing the ‘persister’ forms of Lyme bacteria.

A 'standard' and safe garlic dose for dogs is 1/4 of a clove/20lbs of body weight daily. You can also use garlic in a tablet formation, dosing your dog at 100mg per 10lbs daily.

Olive Leaf Extract

Natural Anti-bacterial

An important olive leaf benefit is its ability to fight off infections, including candida infections, meningitis, pneumonia, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, malaria, gonorrhea, shingles and tuberculosis. It also naturally treats ear, dental and urinary tract infections.

A study done in 2003 proved that olive leave extracts have an antimicrobial effect against bacteria and fungi. This suggests that olive leaf works as a natural antibiotic, due to it’s ability to fight some bacterial infections.

In the study, the olive leaf extracts killed almost all bacteria tested, including dermatophytes (causing infections on the skin, hair and nails), candida albicans (an agent of oral and genital infections) and Escherichia coli cells (bacteria found in the lower intestine).

And a 2017 study found that olive leaf extract works as an antimicrobial agent that controls foodborne pathogens, including E. coli and salmonella.

Doses- these are the published ‘human’ doses

Olive leaf capsules: Olive leaf extract is also available in capsule and soft gel forms. Capsules can be taken to support immune function and provide powerful antioxidants. Capsules can also be taken to promote cardiovascular health. The standard olive leaf extract dose ranges from 500-1,000 milligrams daily. It’s best to divide your daily dosage into 2-3 smaller doses and take it with a meal or snack.

Dog and Cat Doses

Dose range of 1mg-5 mg/lb twice daily

Start at the lower end, and up, assuming no vomiting/diarrhea

I would use this as a ‘new’ antiviral, and as a ‘natural’ antibiotic

For example I would consider using this on my dog/cat with a skin, bladder infection, or even kennel cough.


Tocosh: the legacy of the Andean natural medicine

Its millenary use became it in an imminent product of the Peruvian natural medicine. The tocosh is considered as the penicillin of the Andes due to its incredible antibiotic value. It was consumed from the Inca times and since it was thought it was a gift from the Apus (deities) as an appreciation to its constant offering and rituals.

Properties and benefits of Tocosh

This supplement is used in certain areas of the Andes as a natural probiotic, recommended for people with gastritis and infections of the gastrointestinal system.

The Incas used this potato ferment, which they called tocosh, to help fight infections and strengthen their bodies. The fermentation of this potato generated a type of bacteria that increased the body's immunity.

Since the time of the Incas, in the towns the potatoes were made to ferment in water for months. This procedure has continued to be carried out in many towns in the Andes of Peru. With the fermented potatoes, a flour is made with which sweets and very nutritious dishes are made, all of them with probiotic characteristics. This natural product is known by the name of Tocosh. The Incas considered food to be a gift from their Apus (Gods).

Probiotics help regulate the intestinal flora to regulate it and is a source of regulation of the immune system.

How to take Tocosh?

Take 1-2 capsules a day with plenty of water, before meals.

Dog/Cat dose- based on the human dose I would suggest 100mg/10lbs daily

I'm getting myself some Tocosh today :-)

Have a Buenas Dias

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

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