Aloe for animals – Aloe Vera is the key to the healthy, long life of our four-legged friends.
I heard about the use of Aloe vera in veterinary medicine for the first time from my grandfather, who used it in his veterinary practice. And he heard about it from my great-grandfather, who was also a veterinarian. In those days, Aloe vera, propolis, herbs such as wormwood, garlic, and onion were often used by doctors both in medicine and in veterinary medicine. My father, who also is a veterinarian, had already been introduced to a wider range of drugs (antibiotics and steroids), but Aloe also has been used in various medications such as immune stimulators like FIBS and Biostymina.
As history repeats itself, continuing the family tradition in the fourth generation of veterinarians, I also use medicines with Aloe. I found Forever’s products in 1997. Since that time, I use them in our four-legged little ones with very good results in the form of juice, gellies, gels, shampoos, and sprays. Aloe vera juice has a cleansing, stimulating, antibacterial, and antiviral qualities. Aloe “desensitizes”, moisturizes, acts as anti-itching, and stimulates tissue healing. Thus, it is greatly used in veterinary dermatology, as well as in ophthalmology, gastroenterology, dentistry, otolaryngology, and surgery.
In the Aloe vera pulp can be found nearly all the vitamins (with a predominance of vitamins B2, B6, C). Aloe vera is a plant that can be used alone or in combination with other substances of natural or synthetic origin. There is a synergistic effect with also veterinary drugs.
Sometimes people feel Aloe vera to be acrid and bitter in taste. However, animals like cats are quite happy to take it and react to it very well. It can be used in prevention of diseases in animals, in order to increase immune resistance, especially in young animals (puppies, kittens). Used in old animals, Aloe vera improves their heath conditions and prolongs life. It can also be used in stress responses of animals to reduce stress. It’s proven very effective in veterinary medicine, combining Aloe with homeopathic drugs.
Aloe vera often has effects similar to those of cortisone preparations, with the only difference being that Aloe vera acts completely without negative side effects, which are often the case with long-term treatments of skin diseases. Aloe can be an extremely good complement to the therapeutic methods used so far.
In addition to dogs and cats, Aloe preparations are widely used in the prevention and treatment of equine diseases such as problems with joints, tendons, skin, or with the digestive tract. Until now, the Aloe treatment of children’s favorites such as chinchillas, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, and rats was often overlooked in publications. These animals have a tendency to collapse into a number of diseases such as bacterial dermatitis, bacterial feet hair loss, parasitic diseases, mastitis, abrasions, wounds, and ulcers of the nose, the so called wet tail (a condition seen most frequently in gerbils and hamsters), conjunctivitis, inflammation and ulceration of the cornea, constipation, diarrhea, and respiratory diseases (especially in rats and mice).
Preparations used to treat or support the treatment in these cases are:
Aloe Vera Gel – in addition to water or administered directly by mouth;
Aloe Hand & Face Soap – used topically to wash animals’ skin;
Aloe Veterinary Formula – initial local therapy, may also be inhaled (absorption of the substance by inhalation through the mucosa);
Aloe Vera Gelly – for topical use;
Aloe Propolis Creme – for topical use on the surfaces of infected areas.
It should be noted that even the greatest weaknesses in the use of preparations can harm animals. Therefore, in order not to harm and to increase efficiency, encourage their use prior to contact a veterinarian.
Often, in addition to the use of Aloe products it is necessary to use antibiotics, steroid compounds, and other adjuvant drugs. From my experience, often through the use of aloe preparations in combination with veterinary drugs help to reduce their needed dosages, and reduce the period of their administration, yet maintaining their full effect.
In summary – aloe vera is an excellent means of supporting the prevention and treatment, affecting the very viability of our four-legged friends.
Lek. Grazyna Szwedziuk
Veterinarian, Specialist for diseases of dogs and cats, a dermatologist,
Member of the Polish Association of Small Animal Veterinarian.
Source: Forever Magazine, September 2005
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