Aloe Vera plant

Echte_Aloe_von_obenThis plant is not only a favorite of mine but we always had one growing in a pot or two around my own home and that of my grandmother’s. I grew up with a lot of folk medicine which is probably why I’m so enamored of natural health for animals and their humans!

This plant is so soothing externally for burns, cuts, scrapes and internally as well – be careful using it internally with your pets as it has strong purgative qualities which translated means it can cause diarrhea and even vomiting. It has so many wonderful qualities and it has that desert exotic look as well that always attracts me. Externally it can be very beneficial. I use the Aloe Vera Gel from Mountain Rose Herbs in my own home created lotions and ear cleaning solution.

Here are a couple of good articles on Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera: The Miraculous Natural Healer
Aloe Vera Heals Burns and Digestion Problems

Here is a remedy that my colleague, Dr. Jeannie Thomason, uses for anal sac problems in dogs:

I make a poultice of about 1/2 clay and 1/2 activated charcoal using filtered or spring water and pure Aloe Vera Gel. I then hold it over the rectum and glands or the impacted gland in question for about 15 minutes. I do this several times a day until the glands shrink back to normal or open up to drain. I also UP the bone content of the dog’s diet.

Article from Natural News:
Can aloe vera prevent and cure cancer?

Photo Attribution: “Echte Aloe von oben” by 3268zauber – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

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Dr. Kim Bloomer is an animal naturopath consulting on canine and feline nutrition and wellness. In addition, Dr. Kim is a proficient blogger, writer, speaker and presenter on natural pet care as well as the Co-Founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. She is the author/co-author of three books including Animals Taught Me That and the newest Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach co-authored with her two colleagues. Dr. Kim’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online.