Aloe Vera for Animals
Facts about Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a plant that belongs to the lily family - so is related to garlic, onion and asparagus. There are over 200 types of Aloe Vera, but of these only 4 or 5 are commonly used. The most widely used variety is Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller, this is because it is easy to cultivate and has some of the most potent medicinal properties.
Full of nutrients!
Aloe Vera comprises dozens of nutrients helpful for a healthy body. These can be divided into:
- Amino Acids - Including essential amino acids.
- Anthraquinones - Is found in small quantities and those present have a variety of uses.
- Enzymes - Several enzymes can be found within Aloe Vera
- Fatty acids - Have several properties.
- Lignin - Inclusion in topical preparations assists the Aloe Vera to have a penetrative effect into the skin.
- Minerals - Including - calcium, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, sodium, magnesium, potassium and iron.
- Salycilic acid - Naturally occurring substance with a variety of uses.
- Saponins - Cleansing effect with antiseptic properties.
- Vitamins - Aloe Vera contains several natural vitamins, including vitamins' B1, B2, B6, B12, A, C and E.
Aloe Vera is also thought to have synergistic properties, which in effect means its nutrients work together to have a more powerful effect than they would ordinarily on an individual basis.
Choosing Your Aloe Vera Health and Skincare Products
Not all products with Aloe Vera are the same!! Make sure that the Aloe Vera product carries the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) seal of approval. The IASC is an international independent regulatory body which monitors the quality of Aloe Vera in healthcare products.
Also choose a product where the Aloe Vera is naturally grown, and is the main ingredient for maximum benefits. If it's down the list of ingredients, you're not likely to have much aloe vera in it unfortunately!
How Can Aloe Vera Help Your Animal?
Many animal owners have used Aloe Vera based products for years (if not centuries!) for their animal's healthcare needs. Animals of all types including cats, dogs, horses, livestock and many more can use Aloe Vera. I use Aloe products here at Taranet everyday, so recommend.
If you've any questions about how Aloe Vera can be used with your animal (or yourself!), please do not hesitate to email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a riding or dog club, equestrian centre or equine competition yard, learn more about Aloe for animals by hosting a workshop or having a product consultation!
See more information on horses and aloe vera here.
Aloe Vera - Information on Usage?
- Combined use of Aloe Vera products orally and topically often produces the most excellent results in skin conditions.
- When used topically, sometimes a 'healing crisis' can occur, i.e. - looks worse before they get better. This can last for 5-10 days.
- Topical applications usually need to be applied more frequently than conventional steroid/antibiotic creams.
- Has been found to work in conjunction with conventional drugs with no adverse effects, (but if you (or your animal) are taking any other medication, it's always advisable to speak to your GP/Vet first, as it can sometimes affect the dosage of your (or your animal's) conventional medicine.
Articles and Video's on Aloe Vera and Animals
- Article - "Aloe Extracts in Equine Clinical Practice" by Peter Green MRCVS, Veterinary Times 09/1996
- Video - 'Spud' the Hedgehog's story of how Aloe Vera skincare helped him
- Research - Mahmoud ME, Hassanein KMA. Prevention of tri-nitrobenzene of sulfonic acid-induced colitis in chicken by using extract of Aloe Vera. www.scopemed.org/?mno=21052 [Access: July 14, 2012] doi:10.5455/vetworld.2012.469-476
- Review of "Aloe Activator"
Please remember that no complementary therapy treatment can replace medical advice from a qualified physician - and professional veterinary/medical advice should always be sought if you (or your animal) are at all unwell before using any product/supplements.