aloe veterinary formula – Aloe Vera in veterinary practice
Preparations and their uses of aloe veterinary formula
Aloe veterinary formula – all the preparations I have used on animals have been based on the 97% stabilized Aloe Vera gel because I have found them to be consistently more effective than other types available at present.
The stabilized gel is available as an oral gel or topical preparations.
These preparations are used for many of the conditions which affect the epithelial tissues, the immune system, joints and the urinary tract.
Use of the Aloe veterinary formula is listed in the table below.
|Treatment dose/day||Initial Maintenance Dose||Long Term Maintenance Dose|
|Hamster, Mice, Gerbils||2mls||1ml||½ ml|
|Rats, Pigeons, Guinea Pigs & Rabbits||4mls||2ml||1ml|
|Sheep, Pigs & Humans||120mls||60ml||30ml|
Filleted stabilized Aloe Vera extracted fresh from the leaf.
Contains mainly parenchyma cells and mucilage with very small amounts of sap.
Has all the beneficial actions as discussed in chapter 3 the foundation product to give for many conditions which affect the epithelial tissues and immune system.
Particularly useful where conditions are affecting the urinary system.
Provides the same benefits as Aloe Vera gel, plus the natural urinary anti-microbial properties of cranberries.
- Aloe Vera Gel Chondroitin, Glucosamine, and Methyl Sulphonyl- Methane
This combination of Aloe Vera with 3 joint protecting agents is used to help conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system such as arthritis.
Together this product helps decrease pain and inflammation while also improving joint cartilage and synovial fluid. The most beneficial products contain over 80% filleted Aloe Vera Gel.
Amounts used – doses
Unlike normal veterinary preparations, where we are familiar with using specific doses for particular conditions in different species, when using complementary herbal preparations such as Aloe Vera, no hard and fast rules apply.
It is therefore not possible to provide doses based on specific amounts of the active principle related to
body weight. In practice, I have been able to produce consistent beneficial clinical improvements using the amounts given in the table on page 25.
When it comes to specific disease processes in named species I will give any variation on these amounts which I have found in practice to produce beneficial effects.
The oral preparation can be given directly by mouth or added to food or water.
It can be given as a single dose or, if preferred, the daily amount can be divided into 2 or more amounts, and given at equally spaced intervals during the day.
The first column shows the daily volume of any of the oral Aloe Vera preparations required to help a condition.
The second column indicates the initial maintenance daily volume and column three the minimum daily amount for long-term maintenance or as a tonic.
Most animals and humans with problems will have to remain on a daily volume between those shown in columns one and two.
There are times when veterinary surgeons administer larger amounts than those given in the table.
Consult your veterinary surgeon for further advice.
These are the minimum amounts that I use in the different species to help a specific condition.
If an animal is a particularly small or large example of that species I decrease or increase the amount proportionately.
As a rough guide, I have included typical body weight for the species discussed.
With certain conditions, I may give the animal o higher loading dose which I will discuss later when we look at specific conditions.
Once the symptoms have improved I reduce the level to approximately one half.
Amounts of young Animals
It is not normally recommended to give young animals oral Aloe Vera Gel until they have started to develop a gut flora.
The Gel is introduced initially at a low level, gradually increasing over a 10-day period to the levels as shown in column 3 of the table. For example, a wounded puppy would be started on 2mls daily then increased over 10 days to 15mls daily.
General tips for administering oral Aloe Vera
Because many of the conditions we are trying to help are chronic and therefore incurable, what we are trying to achieve is to relieve the animal of some of the clinical signs and discomfort and so provide a better quality of life.
Under certain conditions, the animal needs to be maintained at the quarter level constantly otherwise the symptoms tend to reappear within about 2 weeks of stopping the Aloe Vera.
There are of course a number of conditions where Aloe Vera can relieve the disease completely.
In these cases, it is still beneficial to keep the animal on the lower amount to act as a general tonic so that they can cope better with any problems which confront them.
If the animal has a particularly sensitive digestive system it is often wise to start with a very low amount for the first few days.
In general, this is about 10% of the beneficial dose.
Add to food/water
The oral gel can either be administered directly into the mouth, put into their food or added to the drinking water.
Any food or water not consumed that day should be thrown away and replaced with fresh food or water containing a new amount of Aloe veterinary formula.
Give Aloe veterinary formula on empty stomach
It may be preferable to give the oral gel on an empty stomach but this is not always practical when dealing with animals.
In practice, I experience similar benefits if it is given orally on an empty stomach or in the food or water.
There also appears to be little difference in effect if the daily amount is given as a single dose or several spreads through the day.
Check with your vet
In veterinary practice, I have used the oral preparation of Aloe veterinary formula in patients who are already on other veterinary medicines.
I have found, just as in the case of humans, that there appears to be no detrimental interaction between them and therefore they are very safe to be used at the same time.
I however strongly suggest that if you have an animal which is receiving medication from a veterinary surgeon that his approval is gained before any complementary product is used with any medication.
Increases activity of other medicines It has also been noticed in some cases that the Aloe Vera potentiates (increases the activity) veterinary medicines which animals are already receiving.
Independent research8/9 failed to find any toxic side-effects through the use of Aloe Vera preparations and therefore no side-effects have been found in animals.
Treat the cause
When using complementary products such as Aloe Vera it is always important to address the cause of any condition you are trying to help.
For example, if an animal has fleas, although Aloe Vera is excellent at resolving eczema-like dermatitis it will not kill the cause fleas.
So a preparation to control these must be employed.
When using the oral get to help a skin disease, you may notice what is called the “healing crisis” in some cases.
This occurs particularly in skin diseases because the Aloe Vera increases the rate of healing of the skin.
This has the effect of concentrating the heating period into a shorter time.
The symptoms of skin irritation can often, therefore, look worse before they look better. Typically the healing crisis can last for 5-10 days.