The Healing Power of Aloe Vera For Pets, Animals & Veterinary
The use of Aloe Vera for animals and in the Veterinary field has not been widely known but interestingly, in 1844, when the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons received the Royal Charter, the newly created coat of arms depicted Centaur, the mythical healer, holding a shield with an image of Aloe Vera, proving that the medicinal properties of Aloe Vera has long been known in veterinary circles.
Going back much further Aloe Vera has been called the ‘Burn Plant’ due to the impressive ability to aid the healing of burns. Topically applied, Aloe Vera has the ability to sink deep within the skin to help in cell renewal and growth.
Many hospitals in Europe and North America use Aloe Vera in Burn’s units, especially for the treatment of burns caused by radiotherapy.
Today, the growing popularity of Aloe Vera products used as complimentary therapies, both topical and oral, is fast growing amongst vets, horse and pet owners worldwide.
A very interesting and informative book for animal lovers is ‘Aloe Vera, Natures Gift’. Written by David Urch, a veterinary surgeon with twenty-six years experience in clinical veterinary practice with particular interest in complimentary therapies. For many years David has successfully used Aloe Vera preparations in his veterinary practice and this book is packed with useful information on conditions and Aloe Vera treatments.
Clearly set out, this book starts with a brief history of the use of Aloe Vera within veterinary practice followed by a breakdown of the major ingredients found of Aloe Vera and the role they play within the body of an animal along with the consequences when found deficient.
The role of calcium, for example, within an animal is very similar to that of a human: aiding transmission of nerve impulses, coagulation of blood and contraction of muscles. A common symptom of a calcium deficiency in young animals is Rickets – lameness, stiffness, misshapen bones and enlarged joints. In adult animals this deficiency can cause Oesteomalacia.
In his book, Dr.Urch has listed the Aloe Vera products that he has found useful along with suggested dosages and instructions for both young & old animals.
Some of the Aloe Vera preparations are to be taken orally whilst others topically:
There are three Aloe Vera drinking gels that he has found benefits from.
This very popular drinking gel is made from filleted cold stabilized Aloe gel – containing very little sap. He calls this the foundation product that he uses for treating conditions relating to the immune system and epithelial tissues.
Aloe Berry Nectar (big cream bottle with dark red lid) This is the drinking gel with the added benefit of cranberries, that carry natural urinary anti-microbial properties, this helps the urinary system.
Forever Freedom (big white bottle with blue lid) This is the drinking gel with Chondroitin, Glucosamine, and MethylSulphonyl-Methane (MSM) With the added joint protecting benefits of these three ingredients this Aloe gel can aid the whole musculoskeletal system, from treating Arthritis, improve the joint cartilage and synovial fluid to lowering inflammation and decreasing pain.
This lotion is soothing and beneficial for joint, tendon, muscle and ligaments issues and very helpful in the treatment of chronic conditions such as arthritis. It should be applied directly to the skin – not onto the hair.
This excellent product, containing a high-sulphur content, is proving effective for treating tendon strains, muscle injuries, joint arthritis and sprains of ligaments as well as wounds and skin infections.
Forever Living Aloe Vera hand and face soap is an excellent skin cleaner.
Forever Living Aloe Vera Shampoo is very useful when there is a lot of hair! – horse owners claim that it leaves the coat very shiny.
This excellent formula is used for rinsing a wound to prepare it for
A great all-rounder: Excellent for skin trauma, wounds, burns, eczema and psoriasis.
This has a natural antibacterial /anti viral property so very useful for treating infected skin as well as dry skin.
This tooth gel helps to reduce the build-up of tartar and plaque and contains no fluoride.
Animals with thin or white hair particularly can benefit from this sunscreen. The skin underneath white hair is usually pink and very sensitive to ultra violet light. The sunscreen can protect the delicate skin and the aloe vera can treat any sunburnt skin.
This is not an aloe product but Dr. Urch has found that these tablets have proved very useful when treating throat and mouth problems such as ulcers of the digestive tract and certain skin tumours.
Once again, not an aloe product but Dr. Urch has found these useful for allergic respiratory problems – COPD, Asthma and hay fever. He has also noted that these can help with sinusitus, rhinitis and bronchitis.