This article shares discusses the many benefits of aloe for dogs.
It is a member of the lily family. There are about five hundred species of it, the most common of which is known as aloe vera. The plants are native to southern and/or eastern Africa but there are also some strains in the West Indies. In North America and Europe, among other locales, aloe is used in landscaping to spruce up the appearance of a yard.
Aloe is best used for digestive, skin and lmyph problems. The most common use of aloe for dogs is as a topical skin application, as you’re probably familiar with. Either fresh juice from aloe or a gel that has been commercially prepared features a pile of minerals, proteins, enzymes, and other goodies. Directions for using fresh aloe: Cut a leaf from the bottom of the plant and squeeze out the juice as shown in this example.
- Aloe is used to soothe the skin and soften it, helping treat minor scrapes, burns and other wounds.
- Fleabites, sunburns and poison ivy harm can often be treated with aloe due to its cooling effects, while it is also sometimes applied topically after surgery to help treat incision areas and so on.
- It’s also believed to play a part in cancer prevention.
- Aloe is believed to be one of the better herbs for relieving acute arthritic pain in older dogs due to gout (metabolic disease).
- Relieves bladder sensitivity and irritation when the urine has a high acid count
- For dogs who’ve had any kind of surgery, application of aloe gel can work wonders by reducing a great deal of irritation and inflammation. Dogs should be prevented from licking off any aloe gel because it should be left on the wound or problem area as long as possible.
- Aloe juice can also be used internally as a way to handle irritations and minor problems along the digestive tract. You want to start it slowly so that your dog can get used to the taste. General maintenance dosage: 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel or juice per 10 pounds of body weight daily. Serious illness dosage: Increase the dosage up to 1 tablespoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily.
There may be cases in which some dogs have allergic reactions to aloe. Side effects include reddening of the skin or the formation of some sort of allergy rash. For this reason, it’s best to test any aloe gel on a small area of the skin first to see what, if anything, develops.
For the most part, however, aloe is considered safe for dogs. What dog owners do need to be aware of are the topical creams and other products that claim to use “aloes” (not “aloe”). Aloes represent a sticky sort of latex extracted from the skin of aloe leaves. This material has been linked to digestive issues, including severe diarrhea.
Reasons to Use
As covered above, there are a number of topical and internal applications for aloe. It is a generally safe option for keeping the skin free from irritation and mitigating the effects of rashes and other concerns.
The internal properties have also proved beneficial, with some owners using a bit of aloe juice for irritations of the digestive tract (nausea, diarrhea), bladder irritation, cancer prevention and the pain of arthritis.
Of all the different herbs, aloe is one of the safest and most reliable for dogs. Its applications are significant and its benefits are considerable, making it a terrific option for your four-legged friend.
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References: Herbs for Pets by M.L. Wulff-Tilford and G.L. Tilford & Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats by CJ Puotinen