Aloe Vera for Animals
Today more than ever, animal owners and breeders must provide adequate health and veterinary care and ensure daily care and nutrition. Major problems with proper animal nutrition are often due to an undersupply of essential basic nutrients. Often, well-intentioned excessive feeding is also a trigger for health complaints. Too much feed and an incorrect diet composition lead to overweight and thus to disorders such as:
- Loss of performance
- problems in the musculoskeletal system
- skin diseases
- damaged intestinal flora etc.
Feed supplements with Aloe Vera drink juice can alleviate many complaints in pets. Nevertheless, the plant is not a panacea, but a useful micronutrient supplier, which fulfills an important task in the prophylaxis, aftercare as well as accompanying treatment of diseases within the framework of a holistic therapy.
Complaints or indications for the use of aloe vera drink juice:
- Susceptibility to infections (frequent colds)
- detoxification and elimination of metabolic waste products from the whole organism
- strengthening and stimulation of the immune system
- fungal diseases of the digestive tract
- intestinal sluggishness and metabolic problems
- support in case of infections with cough (antitussive)
- support in chronic respiratory problems
- Joint problems for cartilage regeneration and pain and inflammation relief for more vitality and well-being
- increase of physical and mental resilience
- complaints in the area of the draining urinary tract
The aloe drink juice is suitable for all animals and is simply mixed with the food. Some animals, such as cats, prefer to take it in water.
- The drink has an invigorating effect, contributes to a healthy appetite of the animal and increases the energy potential for a lively, more active animal.
- It contributes to regeneration, strengthens vitality and immune system and prevents diseases.
- Especially the gastrointestinal tract is strengthened and thus the whole constitution is improved.
- There is success in alleviating allergies (sweet itch), intestinal inertia, metabolic problems, joint pain, etc.
Used externally, aloe vera is the ideal care product for the coat and skin of dogs, cats, horses & Co. The skin is challenged in many ways, as it has to withstand environmental influences such as heat, cold and moisture, dirt, toxins as well as bacteria and parasites and protect the body from harmful UV radiation. Disturbances in the skin, which consists of several layers and cell types, can lead to serious illnesses in the form of infections and allergies. Aloe vera can be used as a supportive treatment for almost all types of skin irritations. The excellent interaction of its various ingredients promotes the healing process in injuries such as:
- Burns, cuts and abrasions,
- eczema, abscesses and ulcers.
Even old scar tissue can fade and flatten with repeated applications of Aloe Vera.
- stimulates blood circulation
- decongestant and cooling
- fast analgesic
- anti-bleeding and anti-pruritic
- antibacterial (against bacteria)
- antifungal (against fungi)
- antiviral (against viruses)
- partly slightly parasite repellent (mosquitoes, fleas, ticks)
- mildly caring for a shiny coat and relaxed skin
Example for self-help
Intestinal rehabilitation in dogs
Aloe Vera can be used excellently for intestinal rehabilitation in animals. For the elimination and detoxification of the entire organism, a dog is given 1 ml of pure aloe vera juice per kilogram of body weight with its food every day for at least three months. Example: A 30 kg animal receives 30 ml of juice per day.
Skin and coat care
Aloe vera is very suitable for daily skin and coat care. Before brushing, spray the coat with an aloe vera, massage it down to the skin and let it act for a short time. After that, especially long fur is easy to comb and shiny. Aloe vera spray can be used as a natural defense against mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. For example, spray your dog just before going for a walk. If your pet does not like the spraying sound, apply Veterinary Spray by hand and massage it in.
First aid for wounds
Almost every day, animals - whether romping in the wild or playing with conspecifics - can suffer injuries. These should first be cleaned with water and with a mild aloe vera shampoo or soap to prevent a secondary infection by remaining foreign bodies (dirt, sand, small stones, stuck fur ...) in the wound. With this careful pre-treatment, the wound heals three times faster than with conventional preparations due to the aloe vera gel applied afterwards. Its ingredients accelerate the process of cell renewal and prevent secondary infections.
For a juice of at least 80% pure aloe vera (daily minimum amount):
Animal species Weight Aloe minimum
|Hamster, Maus||50 - 100 g||2 ml|
|Ratte, Chinchilla, Meerschweinchen, Kaninchen, Zwerghase||400 g - 2 kg||4 ml|
|Katze||3 - 6 kg||10 - 20 ml|
|Hund||je 1 kg||1 ml|
|Schaf, Schwein||ca. 150 kg||100 - 120 ml|
|Kuh||ca. 500 kg||200 - 250 ml|
|Pferd||ca. 500 kg||200 - 250 ml|
|Kalb, Fohlen, Pony||100 - 200 kg||100 - 150 ml|
History - Aloe Vera and veterinary medicine
How it began...
Because aloe vera was successfully used in the 18th century to treat various ailments in horses, it was given an animal attribute for the first time at that time and was called "horse aloe". In 1840, George Skevington and F. D. Day, both farriers, published their experiences using aloe vera on horses. They treated mallenders, psoriasis and allergic skin diseases such as summer eczema, but also problems in the gastrointestinal tract and clinical pictures of parasitic origin with the medicinal plant.
In 1950, a team of researchers reported for the first time in a veterinary journal on the antibacterial effect of aloe vera.
The year 1975 was a milestone in the history of aloe vera in animals:
Dr. Robert T. Northway from California (USA) was able to complete the first clinical study on the purely internal use of aloe vera. He had examined the effect of orally administered Aloe Vera on 42 dogs, 25 cats and 4 horses over a period of six years. The plant's constituents developed anti-inflammatory properties in acute to chronic and bacterial infections. They inhibited the spread of most yeast fungi such as Candida and of bactieria such as Staphylococci, Streptococci and Corynebacteria. In 67 of the 71 cases treated, Dr. Northway achieved results as good as or better than with classical therapies. He also found no side effects. In 1996, Peter Green, a veterinarian from England, successfully used aloe vera to treat PVLS (Post Viral Lethargy Syndrome), a disease that was still quite unknown in horses. PVLS was described as a chronic state of exhaustion, but the symptoms were not very clear. Along with Peter Green, David Urch, also an English veterinarian, had amazing success in combating PVLS through the internal use of aloe vera. He achieved a healing effect in 83% of the cases treated with aloe vera.
Prolonged use of conventional medical preparations alleviated symptoms in only 40% of cases. David Urch described his many years of experience with aloe vera in veterinary medicine in the 1999 book Aloe Vera - Nature's Gift. Aloe Vera in Veterinary Practice." The book has become a standard work and documents the extremely amazing healing successes in all domestic and farm animals.