Use this safe and versatile herb to enhance your dog's health! This page looks at the therapeutic properties of this herb, as well as various ways to use the herb on our dogs.
Aloe vera is very easy to grow indoors in all climates and outdoors in warm weather. In hot summer days, make sure that the plant is not directly in the scorching sun. Indirect light is the best.
The main constitutents of this herb are amino acids and minerals (calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc), as well as vitamins A, C and E.
Aloe vera has a lot of therapeutic properties, including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-allergy, and even anti-cancer. It also soothes skin irritations and heals wounds.
The juice or gel of aloe vera has great healing power. It is commonly used on both people and dogs to heal minor wounds and soothe irritations. Here are a few examples of how it can be used topically on dogs:
This gel is great for eczema and itchy skin caused by insect bites, dry skin and parasites.
You need the following essential oils:
Mix the oils in the aloe vera gel. Apply to irritated areas.
Internally, the chemical compounds found in the herb are found to have antioxidant and anticancer actions in the body.
The juice can be given to dogs as a general tonic (up to 1 tablespoon per 10 pounds of body weight). It can also be used to detoxify the body and many dog parents also add the juice to their dogs' drinking water to prevent cancer, or as a complementary cancer "remedy".
However, if you do decide to give this herb to your dog internally, be sure to look for a product that uses organically grown aloe vera (like this one). Also, make sure that the product is free of artificial colors and flavors, as well as other questionable ingredients such as sugar, corn syrup, etc. Also, stay away from products that are "whole leaf" preparations, which contain the outer rind, which is laxative.References