Is Aloe Vera Safe for Dogs and Cats? | Animal Wellness Magazine

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Aloe contains saponins, elements that have a toxic effect on dogs if they eat them. In the Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats, veterinarian Shawn Messonnier notes that eating aloe vera can result in severe diarrhea for your dog. Other poisoning effects of aloe vera on your eat-anything dog are darkened urine, muscle spasms and weight loss.
The aloe vera gel should be rubbed directly over the dog’s skin and you should leave it dry naturally.
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The jelly like pulp inside the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant is soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory to skin irritations. It can bring instant relief to insect/flea bites, minor burns, rashes, lick granulomas and hot spots. Aloe Vera is also antibacterial so it can be used on surgical incisions where it will relieve the itch and stimulate healing of wounds. Aloe is non- toxic so you definitely won’t have to worry about if your dog licks it and ingests it. It tastes bitter so it may discourage your dog from licking the wound. Use it on your dogs nose if he was sunburned (for use in sunburn it will have even more cooling effects if kept refrigerated before use!). Its anti-fungal effects are great for management of dog fungal infections. This homemade dog shampoo recipe’s addition of glycerine and aloe vera provide soothing elements for dogs with sensitive or dry skin.
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Aloe Vera gel or cream is widely used to treat skin diseases in dogs and it has many magical powers to heal the skin problems such a . Aloe Vera is a plant with spiked and thick skinned leaves. A potted aloe vera plant is very common in many homes in Asia and Europe. The veterinarians also recommend aloe Vera gel as the most effective one for treating itchy dogs. This is available in all most pet shops either in cream or gel. The anti-bacterial and anti fungal property of Aloe Vera stimulates the healing process in and also provides better skin protection from recurring skin infections. Aloe Vera gel is considered as a pure natural remedy for itchy dog’s skin. But it is also important to locate the root cause behind the dog’s dry skin. If the dry skin is caused by vitamin deficiency in dog’s body then external treatment will not favors for better result. If the dry skin problem in dogs is unattended then there is chance of spreading the diseases all over the coat. Because dog’s basic instinct is to scratch the area and make it tore. Therefore early treatment of itchy dogs is highly recommended and the use of aloe vera gel will help to get a fine and healthy dog’s coat. It is better not to try other chemical drugs to treat dry skin problems. Aloe Vera gel can be applied directly to the itching skin surface. The itchy skin area of your dog should be washed properly with lukewarm water. Again your dog may prone to lick the area where the gel is applied. Hence it is wise to wrap the area with aluminum foil for a few minute. It would prevent the dog from doing so. This step can be continued for three times in a day. Anybody can try this treatment for their dog at home. But you can get right guidance from an expert veterinarian if more care is required. It will take almost 4 days to cure the itching completely in dog’s skin. Aloe vera gel has a rich concentration of amino acid which moistens the dog’s skin and drives the healing process without any side effects. Aloe Vera is not only used for the treatment of itchy skin but also for many skin problems like eczema, skin allergy, hot spots and skin rashes. Aloe Vera contains an enzyme which reduces the inflammatory proteins developments in the skin cells. Hence it is also found effective in treating swelling and wounds in dogs. Aloe Vera gel may be used to clean and protect these “hot spots.” In addition to antibacterial properties which disinfect the wound, and the immune stimulant acemannan, Aloe also has an anesthetic effect, which is why it feels so good on sunburned skin. Applying the gel regularly can soothe the itch and relieve your dog’s need to constantly tend to the wound.