Aloe Vera Juice - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

aloe vera juice for dogs and cats
 
In this article:
1. Health Benefits for Dogs and Cats
2. Dosage

3. Cautions
4. Side Effects

5. Drug Interactions
6. Daily Dietary Dosage

Inner Leaf Fillet Aloe Vera for dogs and cats. Not outer leaf, not whole leaf.
 
1. Heath Benefits for Dogs and Cats
Aloe Vera inner leaf medicinal properties include:
  1. Analgesic
  2. Antibacterial
  3. Antifungal
  4. Antiviral
Aloe vera inner leaf can help alleviate symptoms of (a partial list):
 
Asthma 
 
Arthritis
 
Cancer
- chemo protective
 
Cardiovascular Issues
- Improves blood circulation throughout the body
- Help reduce bad cholesterol, fatty deposits and blood clots
 
Digestive Issues 
Aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory, analgesic, healing compounds that help reduce inflammation, soothe and heal the digestive tract:
- Acid Reflux
- Candida
- Colitis
- IBD 
- IBS 
- Leaky gut
- Ulcers   
 
Detox Support
- natural blood purifier
- help eliminate toxins and foreign pathogens
 
Diabetes
- blood sugar regulation

2. Daily Dosage Guideline

Small dogs and cats
  • 1 tsp to 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 
  1. Use only 100% pure inner (leaf) fillet, organic Aloe Vera
  2. The outer leaf is toxic to dogs and cats
  3. Do not give to pregnant or lactating dog or cats
  4. Do not give to puppies 6 months of age or younger
  5. 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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Article and graphics by Karen Rosenfeld.
 

Comments

  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!

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

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    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!

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

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

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  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?

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    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.

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  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 jshukla926@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.

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  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.

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    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.

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  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.

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

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  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? .

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

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