Aloe Vera for Dogs
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Aloe Vera gel is very soothing when used topically on your dogs skin. You can use it straight from the plant, or, you can purchase food grade Aloe from most health food stores.
Aloe, can be used to sooth scratches and scrapes or skin irritations due to fleas, mites or sandflies.
It is always best to resolve the root cause of the irritations however and deal with that first, whether a rash is caused due to poor diet, an overload of household chemicals or insect bites, you need to find a way to prevent continued stress on your dog.
Some tips to consider
(Over the summer months) keep your dog indoors, away from dams and rivers where mosquitos and midges live.
Reduce the use of chemicals in and around your home. Use only natural products, essential oils are a wonderful alternative and you can find some great alternatives here at www.olivetreeorganics.com.au this is a great website to find suitable products and helpful advise
Use alkaline drinking water or buy a tap filter to remove heavy chemicals this will greatly improve your dogs health, bottled water is available at www.oliversrealfood.com.au.
Give your dog a natural raw diet wherever possible. Reduce the use of pre packaged or processed foods.
Reduce the use of chemical toxins and unnecessary vaccinations and get your dog titre tested rather than overloading their bodies with poisons.
Will my dog lick the Aloe Vera
It is good to note that Aloe Vera has a bitter taste and it is unlikely that your dog will want to lick it off once applied.
You can chose to give it to your dog orally in a snack, or it can be given diluted in their food (either their main meal) or in a broth.
Aloe vera contains minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium; vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E; and amino acids that are essential as the building blocks of protein. It has natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents, and acts as an anti-oxidant so this wonderful plant is providing your dog with many vital components to good health. Its great for dogs of all ages especially the elderly and the gel has enzymes that can reduce inflammation and boost the healing process.
When applying to the skin, If you have a long haired dog, it may be necessary to clip the fur around the affected areas on your dog’s body, this will allow you to clean the area gently with soft cloth, before applying the Aloe Vera. Gently rub the gel directly onto the dog’s cuts, scrapes or other wounds.
The anti inflammatory properties will help ease any swelling, and will sooth, protect, and moisturise, as well as helping to reduce the urge to itch.