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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Aloe Vera Juice - Herbs for Dogs and Cats



 Inner Leaf Fillet Aloe Vera (not outer leaf, not whole leaf) is 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 inner (leaf) fillet, organic Aloe Vera.
  • The outer leaf is toxic to dogs and cats.
  • 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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