Did you know that Aloe Vera is also good for pets? If you have been reading our site, you will be up to speed on just how good this miracle plant is for human health, especially the skin. But our furry friends can also benefit from the healing properties of Aloe.
But don’t just start feeding bits of your garden succulents to your dogs and cats. That could be dangerous. Just like for us, there are some significant side effects from ingesting Aloe Vera, so read on to find out how to use it safely and effectively.
Aloe Vera has been known for its beneficial healing properties in animals since the 1950s. In 1975 the first major study of its use in dogs, cats and horses for bacterial and fungal infections was published. The treatment worked wonders and in most cases was more effective than classical veterinary treatments.
These treatments are regularly used by naturopathic vets and we advise getting advice from one of these experts before treating your animal.
Aloe Vera has been used effectively by vets for the following conditions:
Make sure you get veterinary advice before treating your pet with Aloe Vera internally.
Aloe Vera is particularly good for the skin in humans and the same is true for our pets. It is good for the skin of dogs, cats and horses.
There is an interesting study on the effects of Aloe Vera cream on severe burns in two dogs where the results were extraordinary, no doubt due to its well documented ability to combat infection and heal skin.
Use it to help with:
There are various different products on the market containing Aloe Vera for use on our pets.
You can read our recommendations for the best ones in the following pages:
Here are a couple of our absolute favourites to get you started:
Aloe Heal Veterinary Cream for Dogs and Horses.
This cream is so popular that reviewers are reporting that they even use it on themselves! Great for little abrasions, bites, allergies, sore pads on their paws. If your pet has any health problems, or is pregnant or lactating, be careful they don’t lick it off or ingest it.
Pet Aloe K9 Crumbles – Dietary Supplement
This product was developed as a result of a study at the University of Wisconsin.
It is excellent for giving your pet a strong shiny coat, as well as giving relief from those ailments that start to bother them as they get older, such as arthritis, digestive problems and lethargy. It supports the immune system and will keep your animal companions healthy into old age.
As mentioned in the cautions above, if in doubt consult your vet before giving your pet Aloe Vera internally.