Aloe Vera, from the family Aloeaceae is a plant cultivated for a long time and also called “plant of immortality” in antiquity, which suggests its effectiveness. It’s cultivated in the tropics, but acclimates to other temperatures. Very useful for men, it can also be used in dogs.
Two types of Aloe Vera can be used on canids, although there are hundreds of them: Aloe Vera and Aloe Arborescens. Both can refresh, tone and heal.
What is it for?
Aloe Vera can be used against diarrhea, colds, lack of appetite, anorexia, it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal properties; restores hormonal balance, repairs liver, treats allergies, hair loss, itching and skin wounds. It also improves the general health of the dog.
Its use may also, according to some studies, help in the prevention and treatment of canine cancer.
How to use it?
You can use gel or Aloe juice on your dog, depending on the problem you have to deal with. Opt instead for a product with a purity level of at least 99% if you buy it on the market, to avoid additives.
If you have your own plant at home, be careful, the foliage of the aloe has a laxative effect on the dog. Care must be taken to recover the clear gel and leave the yellow-orange part on the leaves. Also prefer a plant that is at least 3 years old.
Consult a veterinarian before administering Aloe Vera to your dog, to make sure there is no risk to his health. And if you use your own plant, hide it so that your pet does not have fun chewing the leaves. It could cause acute diarrhea, severe dehydration, muscle spasms, weight loss, and urine discolouration. In general, do not ingest this aloe to your dog, prefer a cutaneous application to the extent that you use your plant. And think of him doing a bandage so that he doesn’t lick on her coat.
Where to find Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera gel can be bought in organic shops, but also on the internet, for example on the Aroma Zone website. It’s a plant that you can also buy at the florist.