Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Aloe Vera Juice - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

 Safe to use as a short-term or long-term daily dietary supplement,
alternative medicine for most dogs and cats.

In this article - Aloe Vera Juice 

1. Health Benefits
2. Dosage

3. Cautions
4. Side Effects

5. Drug Interactions
6. Daily Dietary Dosage

1. Benefits – a partial list…

  • Digestive Health
    • Aloe Vera contains nutrient compounds that help in the healing and soothing of:
      • The digestive tract...
        • Helps enable healing and repair of ulcers in both the stomach and the intestines;
        • Decreases inflammation resulting from:
        • Asthma;
        • Arthritis;
        • Colitis;
        • Diabetes;
        • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and;
        • Other inflammatory GI tract conditions;
        • Treating side effects of some radiation treatments.
  • Immune System Health
    • Aloe vera has properties that are:
    • Antibacterial;
    • Antifungal;
    • Antiviral.
  • Detoxer
    • Aloe vera is a natural detox aid that helps the body to eliminate toxins and foreign pathogens.
  • Heart Benefits
    • Improves blood circulation throughout the body;
    • Can help to reduce fat in cases of bad high levels of bad cholesterol – reducing fatty deposits and blood clots, found to have the most efficacy  in cases with diabetes;

2. Dosage…
For daily use as a supplement with food:
  • Add to food once a day;
    • Small size dogs and cats  - 1 tbs;
    • Medium size dogs - 1/8 cup
    • Large size dogs - 1/4 cup
    • X-Large dogs - 1/3 to 1/2 cup

3. Cautions - Partial list...
  • Use only 100% pure food grade Aloe Vera Juice intended for internal consumption by humans;
  • Do not give to pregnant or lactating dog or cats;
  • Do not give to puppies 6 months of age or younger;
  • Do not use aloe latex as an ingested treatment for dogs or cats.

4. Side effects…
  • In rare cases a dog or cat may heightened sensitivity to aloe, in which case aloe vera juice can cause diarrhea – stop use if your dog or cat gets diarrhea from ingesting aloe vera juice.
  • Remove aloe vera juice from the diet two weeks prior to a scheduled surgery as its presence could interfere with blood sugar control during surgery.

5. Drug Interactions…
  • May increase blood sugar lowering effects of some diabetes medications – extra monitoring of blood sugar levels should be undertaken and adjustment of medications may be required;
  • May cause potassium loss if taken with diuretics for heart conditions;
  • Aloe interacts with:
  • Anti-diabetic drugs;
  • Blood thinners;
  • Diuretics;
  • Some stimulant laxatives (i.e. digoxin).

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  1. Hi Karen, I was wondering, how would be the dosage for aloe vera gel, it seems to be more concentrated than aloe vera juice, so is it any different?

    thank you!

    1. Do NOT give your dog Aloe Vera gel to eat! For ingested use only 100% Aloe Vera JUICE

    2. The one I get at the store is 100% aloe vera, but the consistency is a bit thick (no thickening agents or anything added), just as you would get it from the leaf. It's not labeled as gel, but I called it like that because of its consistency. In the case of Lily of the Desert, the difference of gel and juice would be the thickening agent (Carrageenan). Is that the reason for not giving it to dogs? Thans!

    3. As noted above - 100% Aloe Vera Juice is fine. Aloe with Carageenan added is not 100% Aloe Vera.

    4. thank you for being always so clear and eye-opening :)
      best regards!

  2. Hey Karen! I follow your homemade grain free recipe and his stool looks fine, but he has been biting his area around the anus and spraying smelly stuff so I took him to the groomer and she said his glands were full again even after doing it just 4 weeks ago. Will Aloe Vera help him clean glands naturally through stool?

    1. It is important to identify the reason why he is getting impacted anal glands - to do that I would need to know a) what ingredients you are using in the main food b) what other foods you are feeding him - i.e. treats. Can aloe or any other single natural item cure this in isolation of addressing the root cause - not likely. You are thinking allopathically like a conventional doctor does - i.e. using a drug to mask a condition rather than addressing what makes the condition occur in the first place. I recommend you do a consultation with me if you want to properly address this.

  3. Sure I am definitely willing to do an email consultation with you. I want to take care of this issue fast so he doesn't go through any pain later in life. I have tried giving him natural antibiotics( through goat milk). I will make my new batch of food tomorrow so it will be helpful to know what to put in it and what not. My email is Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.

  4. Karen, I make doge treats. I keep it simple by using chicken and rice, or veggies and rice, or fruits and rice. I use soy flour and chicken or beef broth (unsalted). I use no preservatives or any seasonings. The dogs, and even a few cats and rabbits, like them and they are starting to catch on. I was wanting to do something different and healthy so I would like to know what herbs or spices would be safe to use. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you for your time.

    1. Rabbits ARE NOT evolved to eat rice and soy - feeding rabbits either causes motility dysfunction, which when not treated in a timely and appropriate manner causes a very painful death. Dogs and cats are not evolved to eat GRAINS of ANY kind, nor soy flour. Feeding these substances to dogs and cats is the #1 cause of multiple inflammatory chronic and lethal diseases. What you are doing is uninformed and 100% unethical.

  5. A mostly outdoor cat has just started throwing up black vomit. She has had urinary tract infections in the past. Can I give her aloe vera? I have been feeding her canned food for the last four months and this seemed to help with the infections. She is ten years old.

    1. Aloe vera will not harm her, however it is highly unlikely to resolve the issue.

  6. Hi Karen,
    I buy aloe leaves and extract the gel and freeze it. Is this safe as well or do I need aloe juice specifically? .

    1. Yes, safe :) and often better than a commercial product as yours does not contain any toxic additives.


Note -

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Nutraceuticals and Alternative Medicines:

When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

2.0 The Real Meaning of Holistic…

Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’. It is important to keep in mind that the supplement industry is just as unethical as BigPharma, the Food and Pet Food Industry, and unfortunately many veterinarians.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

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