Animals and aloe vera
is so gentle and safe that it can be used on pretty much any animal as long as the product is as pure as possible, with no or very few artificial ingredients in it, given that the main areas of effectiveness are the skin, linings of all tracts, the digestive system, and the immune system.
The vet industry is going the same way as the drug industry in that for many disorders, dogs and cats are being treated with essentially the same drugs : steroids, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, vaccinations, and are succumbing to the same illnesses as humans, and suffering the same side-effects of these drugs as humans do.
This situation is not helped by the pet food industry mass-producing food which is far from the natural diet of these animals, but is easy to use, often dried, takes up less space, and lasts longer.
Added to all that is the profusion of 'treats' for pets, and it is no surprise that there is now a growing problem with obesity in cats and dogs particularly.I'm particularly talking about dogs and cats here, my personal sphere of experience : we have had 12 cats in all, over the years, and now have one healthy collie dog, who is 9 years old.
One cat we had died of bowel cancer, and when I asked the vet why, he said that a well-known brand of cat food was particularly addictive to cats because it was very high in salt, but far too low in roughage. If we had known, we could have mixed in some vegetables and wheat biscuits with the food. This has the effect of moving everything along in the gut, leaving less time for cancer to develop. Also, as I now know, giving Aloe to cats helps as it regulates the whole digestive system.
Getting them to take it, at first, is another matter, but putting a few drops on their paws for them to lick off, and doing it regularly is a tried and trusted method, until they will eat it on their food when they are used to the taste.
Dogs are easier, mostly -I put Aloe on my dog's food once a day, and anything in her bowl is fair game, but these days if I forget to put the Aloe on, she looks at me and waits for me to do so. We feed our dog a mixture of a locally produced dry food, with no animal derivatives, milk or wheat, plus any leftovers or vegetables from our meals.
We have had her for 2 years now, and she is full of energy, her coat is glossy, eyes clear, and her poops are nice and solid (sorry about that, but it is one way to keep tabs on a dog's health), and she has only been on Aloe the last 6 months.
I have not had her vaccinated, and don't intend to. I have it from reliable sources that, if needed at all, dogs and cats only need to be vaccinated once to gain immunity, but it has to be said that it is a steady income stream for vets, giving annual injections to our pets without investigating or perhaps acknowledging any side-effects.
As for horses, there have been several stories locally, this being Devon, of horses being given the
aloe drink, or the Freedom
if lame, and doing very well with it. Obviously the dosage would be a lot higher, but there is a vet on our advisory board who could, well, advise!
Topically, many Aloe products can safely be used on animals, too,including the liquid soap, toothgel, propolis creme,and
There is a spray especially formulated for first aid use for animals called vet formula, which just contains Aloe and allantoin.
is another wonderful safe product to use for itchy or sore areas, e.g. Bites, stings, injuries, burns. It has the effect of increasing the rate of healing, as well as making the animal much more comfortable, whilst minimising scarring.
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