Veterinary uses of Aloe

Aloe’s therapeutic use now has a part in the veterinary repertory of remedies. Veterinary studies have attributed a thousand uses to the elegant Aloe plant, which is able to resolve numerous pathologies in humans and has been given its rightful place among the remedies used to treat our friends in the animal kingdom. More and more breeders and veterinarians are looking to the therapeutic properties of Aloe.

For these two close and faithful friends of man, we propose to provide remedies that are useful and valid for both species. This is possible because many of the pathologies that occur in dogs also occur in cats, making it possible to use the identical remedies.

For many years now, veterinarians have begun to use natural remedies in the treatment of animal diseases.

These remedies do not normally produce side-effects, being less potent than their synthetic counterparts, such as pharmaceutical therapies.

In several veterinary studies, Aloe was found to be a valid tool in treating a variety of pathologies, while at the same time providing a gentler and more versatile approach. In the following paragraphs, we will address the main problems that afflict our canine and feline friends.

   

Arthritis 

Arthritis is a disease which mainly afflicts older animals. It can be caused by many factors, among which the most pronounced is Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies, causing a thinning of the cartilage in joints.

Acemannan, the complex chained sugar present in Aloe, restores the production of Collagen. Aloe’s Minerals help restore the bone and cartilage tissues. The irritating symptoms of arthritis are greatly relieved by Aloe’s natural analgesic properties, through Isobarbaloin, Cinnamic Acid, and Salycilic Acid, giving cats and dogs a chance to live a relatively pain-free life.

How to treat it:

For cats, we recommend 2 tablespoons (25 ml) of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice added to meals at lunch and dinner.

For dogs, 4 tablespoons (50 ml) of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice to be taken twice a day at mealtime until the symptoms disappear.

It would be useful to continue with half the dose for the several weeks following this treatment.

The Pure 100% Ecological Gel also provides great relief when applied topically to the painfully joints.

 

Cystitis and urinary infections 

To overcome bacterial infections in the genito-urinary system of small animals, the combined actions of Acemannan, the Saponins, and the Salycilic Acid contained in the Aloe juice promote Aloe’s immunostimulant, antimycotic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic actions. 

Plenty of water is recommended for this condition. 

An interesting note is that cats are more frequently affected by these infections than dogs. 

How to treat it:

For cats, use 4 tablespoons (50 ml) of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice twice a day during meals; for dogs, double the dosage.

Continue the treatment until resolution. Successively, continue with a half dose, weekly, for the following two weeks.

 

Ear infections

This type of infection is quite frequent in both dogs and cats. If noticed in time, these infections are easily treated with Aloe vera, topically applied to the cleaned affected ear.

The vast range of Vitamins and Minerals in Aloe, together with its Bradykinase Enzyme, Salycilic Acid, and Acemannan, are a versatile tool in providing easy and immediate analgesic, antibacterial, immunostimulating, and pain relieving effects.

How to treat it:

We recommend the topical application of Pure 100% Ecological Gel, to be spread outside and inside the ear morning and night until the problem disappears.

 

Fur balls

This discomfort is common to our feline friends, who are always carefully grooming their fur, which gets caught on the tongue and swallowed in great quantities. These hairs eventually amass in the stomach in the form of balls. Depending on the amount of fur ingested and number of balls in the stomach, symptoms may include vomiting, coughing, and even intestinal blockage.

The Anthraquinones in Aloe have a laxative action, useful for the elimination of fur balls in a “natural” way – through the feces.

How to treat it:

For this laxative effect, 2 tablespoons (25 ml) of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice is to be taken with food three times a day. Repeat this for three or four days until normal digestive and excretory functions are restored.

 

Digestive problems

The innate “wisdom” of the substances contained in Aloe juice help to eliminate digestive problems in both dogs and cats. The consequences of poor digestion can lead to a range of symptoms, from decreased appetite to constipation, and from vomiting to depleted vitality – all of which tend to compromise the animal’s state of health.

Aloe contains a vast range of digestive Enzymes that help to integrate the body’s existing ones, promoting the improved breakdown of ingested foods and, as a result, improved the absorption of the nutrients in the intestine.

The various analgesic substances, like Salycilic Acid and Isobarbaloin, help to eliminate abdominal pain. Anthaquinones promote the elimination of toxins formed by the fermenting processes in the intestine, by increasing the peristaltic action and ensuring hydrated, solid stools.

How to treat it:

For cats, we recommend 4 tablespoons (50 ml) of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice, taken in the form of 2 tablespoons in the morning and 2 tablespoons with food for one week.

For dogs, a doubled daily dose is required. 

Continue this treatment in both cats and dogs for another week, at half the dose for the week following the initial treatment. 

 

Fleas

These parasites infest cats and dogs very frequently and carry diseases, including infectious ones. The marketplace has many products for fleas, ranging from sprays and lotions to collars and shampoos. Resorting to these products does not always prove effective. Although some of these commercial products contain strong anti-parasitics, the problem often continues to exist. Potent doses of poisons have a powerful effect against these fleas and parasites, but they also cause secondary problems for the animal, particulary problems of the nervous and immune systems, compromising its internal health. 

Fortunately for cats and dogs, fleas detest Aloe juice, just as they abhor citrus fruit. In fact, these two botanical species contain a bitter principle with a pH slightly higher than skin, which repels fleas very rapidly. Additionally, the analgesic substances in Aloe, like Salycilic Acid and Ester of Cinnamic Acid, help to relieve itching associated with flea infestation.

How to treat it:

We suggest that the animal be washed once a day with the Animaloe Shampoo, massaging it well into the fur, together with 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice. Support this topical treatment with Aloe taken internally – 2 tablespoons (25 ml) for cats, and 4 tablespoons (50 ml) for dogs – of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice twice daily. Proceed with this internal treatment for two weeks. If the symptoms persist, we suggest the consultation of a veterinarian.

 

Scabies

This is a disease, found mainly in dogs, caused by a sand mite which can also invade humans.

The infection manifests itself as widespread blotches on the animal’s body which are very itchy, particularly at night. This condition can also cause loss of fur and induce much stress to the animal.

We recommend Aloe vera with its bitter principles, anti-parasitic qualities, and a particular pH, to determine the death and disappearance of these infective mites.

The use of a shampoo, combined with Aloe vera juice taken internally and externally through the topical solution, is the best way to obtain a rapid and efficient solution to the problem.

How to treat it:

Wash daily the dog with the Animaloe Shampoo and, after rinsing, massage with 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice into the skin and fur. Do this twice daily until the problem disappears. Add 4 tablespoons (50 ml) of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice to each of the two main meals.

At the first signs of improvement (made evident by fur regrowth) and the healing of the skin irritations, use the preventive measure of rubbing the 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice on the animal, once a day, for at least one more week and add the dose of 2 tablespoons (25 ml) of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice to its 2 main meals of the day. 

 

Seborrhea

This problem affects the scalp of every animal with fur. If it appears in the form of desquamation and dryness of the epidermis, it is called dry seborrhea. If the epidermis shows high production of a thin greasy film, then it represents wet seborrhea. The causes are to be found in gastro-intestinal or liver dysfunction, usually as the result of a poor diet that alters the skin’s pH and the normal secretions of the hair bulb. Aloe juice has a pH equal to 6, weakly acid, and very similar to that of skin, which has a pH equal to 5.5.

Aloe’s pH level helps it to deeply penetrate the scalp, along with its nutrients, to revitalize the hair bulb, strengthening and feeding it for re-growth and renewed function.

The Acemannan in Aloe also invigorates the Collagen portion in the derma of the epidermis. The plant hormones stimulate cellular reproduction, thus promoting the re-growth of healthy cells. The various digestive enzymes carry out a superb role in restoring lost liver function as well as gastro-intestinal efficiency. 

How to treat it:

We recommend using the Animaloe Shampoo once a day for one week. The skin of the affected area should also be treated with with Aloe by adding 4 tablespoons (50 ml) of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice to the pet’s drinking water or to its two main meals of the day.

  

Tinea

Cats can easily catch this fungal disease, also known as tricofizia, which is infective and easily transmitted to dogs and children.

It is characterized by hair loss and the appearance of red ring-shaped blotches on the skin, which are itchy and have a tendency to spread throughout the body.

Aloe, in the case of Tinea, provides its Chrysophanic Acid, Cinnamic Acid, and Barbaloin, for a natural antimycotic and antibiotic action.

The most effective treatment is obtained by combining the shampoo and topical treatment with an internal one.

It is best to isolate the infected animal from children and other animals, to prevent the easy spread of this fungus.

How to treat it:

Wash the affected parts of the animal daily with Animaloe Shampoo, and apply 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice to the irritated blotches and surrounding area.

Moreover, add 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice to the animal’s food twice a day: 2 tablespoons (25 ml) for cats and 4 tablespoons (50 ml) for dogs. Repeat the treatments until the symptoms disappear, and then administer half the dose for a further four weeks. This should guarantee a complete healing of this problem.

Throughout history, horses have been our faithful companions in travels, in battle, and in work. An enduring symbol of strength and power, horses today are mainly present in sports, from horse riding to trotting races, from polo to horseracing. The symptomatic problems and pathologies of the horse have modified over time, with greater emphasis on the digestive and neuro-vegetative aspects of this animal.

 

Nervous system problems in the horse

The horse is an animal that is very sensitive and easily irritated, almost childlike in spirit.

Aloe has been demonstrated to be a useful aid in calming overly impetuous and nervous horses. The reason for such impressive results is the quality of the minerals contained in Aloe, such as Magnesium and Zinc, which constitute parts of the principal neurotransmitters, together with the B group Vitamins, which improve metabolism and the brain’s encephalus.

How to treat it:

California breeder and trainer, I. Peal, uses 100ml of Pure Aloe vera Juice in his yearlings’ fodder. According to Mr. Peal, the results are surprising, to say the least.

 

Cuts, contusions and wounds to the legs

As in humans, the problems that affect the cutaneous layers of horses are also helped by the use of Aloe, because it contains analgesic, sedative, and regenerative properties.

How to treat it:

Apply 100% Pure Aloe vera Gel or Pure 100% Ecological Aloe vera Gel to the affected areas of the hoofs and legs, 4 times a day.

For deep cuts, insert gauze moistened with 100% Pure Aloe vera Gel or Pure 100% Ecological Aloe vera Gel and bandage the wound for three days. If necessary, repeat the treatment.

  

Lesions in the hoofs

The hoofs represent the corneal layer of the leg, a horse’s nail. Applying Aloe-based gel to the hoofs is useful in improving the production of the hoof’s keratin layer, bringing about faster healing, and allowing the horse renewed ease of mobility.

How to treat it:

Apply 100% Pure Aloe vera Gel or Pure 100% Ecological Aloe vera Gel daily, after thorough cleaning, and top with a bandage.

 

Distortions, strains, and swellings in joints 

Aloe has been found to be useful in all pathologies of the osteo-articular system (joints).

The Acemannan in Aloe promotes regeneration and lubrication of the joint tissues, which often suffer from prolonged wear and tear.

How to treat it:

Apply the affected area with 100% Pure Aloe vera Gel or Pure 100% Ecological Aloe vera Gel, bandage it, and repeat the procedure daily. If using bandages on the affected area presents a problem, simply rub the unguent into the affected area until it is completely absorbed. 

For the acute inflammation that can occur in competitions and other strenuous situations, another procedure can be employed with equally valid results.

How to treat it:

Place 100% Pure Aloe vera Gel or Pure 100% Ecological Aloe vera Gel in the freezer and, once frozen, crush the larger pieces into smaller, more manageable pieces.

 Apply the frozen Aloe gel to the animal’s painful and inflamed area. This procedure is to be repeated four to six times a day.

Aloe vera juice may also be used internally to act in conjunction with the topical use. 

We recommend 100 ml of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice, morning and night, depending on the weight of the animal and the severity of the case.

 

Coughs and throat inflammation

Aloe’s immunostimulant and sedative properties make it useful in easing respiratory problems.

How to treat it:

For this purpose, we recommend the use of 50 ml of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice three to four times a day as an anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and a natural analgesic.

If there is mucus present, or if the inflammation is internal, it may be useful to spray the 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice (with a vaporizer) into the congested nostril and throat three to four times a day.

 

Laminitis

This pathology is also known as podophlegmatitis, an inflammation of the keratinous tissue of the foot, with a painful deformation of the hoof.

It is caused by food or medicine intoxication or, alternatively, the ingestion of too much grass, which can provoke muscular weakening in the animal and subsequent limping. These toxins are not easily eliminated and the horse becomes increasingly weaker over time.

On one side, Aloe’s intervention on Collagen and keratinous material indicate its use in the treatment of this painful equine affliction.

And on the other, Aloe helps to stimulate the horse’s ability to eat food that will help reverse this condition.

How to treat it:

In cases of widespread inflammation and severe conditions, 1 litre of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice may be administered, two or three times a day, until the horse shows the first signs of improvement.

   

Leucopenia (Post-viral fatigue syndrome)

The great English veterinarian, Peter Green, treated many of his horses affected by this pathology.

In this disease, the white blood cell count can drop by up to 80%, severely compromising the horse’s health.

How to treat it:

Dr. Green’s recommendation is to add 200 ml of 100% Pure Drinkable Aloe vera Juice to the horse’s normal diet for three to four weeks.