Animal allergy – Use Of Aloe Vera In Veterinary Practice
Animal allergy is not hard to cure.
Skin Animal allergy can occur in all species but are most common in the dog.
Often referred to as atopic dermatitis because the animal has a genetic predisposition, which leads to excessive stimulation of the immune system resulting in increased production of the antibody IgE.
It has been reported that over 10% of dogs suffer from atopy and in terrier breeds, the incidence is even higher.
Atopic dermatitis is due to the inhalation of allergens the most common being pollen.
Interestingly in humans, inhaled allergens are more likely to cause respiratory or eye symptoms while in animals the reactions are frequently dermal.
Initially, the symptoms tend to be seasonal but with time they start to occur throughout the year.
Clinically the dogs tend to chew and lick at their feet and ventral abdomen, however, other areas are frequently involved.
A lot of the damage is self-inflicted through constant licking and chewing.
The saliva contains digestive enzymes, which further damages the skin.
This often results in the condition referred to as moist or wet eczema.
These are typical cases, which will require an integrated complementary approach where traditional drugs are used alongside complementary products.
Veterinary surgeons will frequently prescribe steroid tablets and medicated washes.
Combine these with the products given below and then under veterinary direction see if it is possible to reduce the medication.
Many cases can be controlled using complementary products alone but some will require the integrated approach where drugs may have to be used intermittently.
First, wash the areas with dilute Aloe Vera soap or Aloe Vera shampoo to help remove discharges and dead cells from the skin.
Do not over wash since this can make the condition worse.
Dry well Spray the areas lightly with Aloe Vera First.
Apply Aloe Vera Gelly and massage well in.
Repeat the Aloe Vera First and gelly 4 to 6 times daily.
This can be reduced to twice daily as the symptoms improve.
If the areas are particularly infected or dry then change from the gelly to Aloe Vera Propolis Creme.
Add Aloe Vera gel to the diet at a rate of 20mls per day for cats and 60mls per day for a medium-sized dog.
Give cat’s Bee Pollen tablet twice daily and dogs 1 twice daily.
Always try a small test dose first.