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What is Aloe Vera Poisoning?

The main active ingredient in aloe vera, saponin, is a group of molecules that bond to sugar and can cause serious problems in your dog’s system in various ways. The latex part of the aloe vera plant causes cramping, diarrhea, nausea, and dehydration. The ability to lower the blood sugar in dogs is especially dangerous, causing coma and death in some cases. When your dog eats part of an aloe vera plant, his body metabolizes the glycosides with bacteria found in the intestinal tract. This produces a compound that increases mucus and water in the colon, causing nausea and vomiting. If this continues, dangerous dehydration may follow, and can be fatal if not treated right away. It is best to take your dog to the veterinarian right away if you see or suspect that he has eaten any parts of an aloe vera plant.

Aloe vera is a fleshy plant with tall and serrated leaves, clusters of yellow flowers, and a gel inside that people use for burns and other medical properties. While the gel may be good for humans to use, it is definitely not for consumption by dogs. The plant contains a chemical called saponin, which is toxic to animals and children. Ingestion of aloe vera can cause excessive vomiting, severe diarrhea, and low blood sugar. In fact, the toxicity can be so extreme as to cause the breakdown of red blood cells, which can be fatal if not treated immediately. The latex, which is the inner skin of the aloe vera leaves, contains a powerful laxative that can cause dehydration from diarrhea.

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Symptoms of Aloe Vera Poisoning in Dogs

  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Anorexia
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Coma
  • Dark urine
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Drooling
  • Head-shaking
  • High body temperature (hyperthermia)
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle twitches, spasms, or weakness
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Skin irritation (bumps, flaky skin, and hair loss)
  • Tremors
  • Incoordination
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

Types

  • Acute aloe vera poisoning occurs when your dog consumes a large amount of aloe vera or a product containing aloe vera or latex
  • Chronic aloe vera poisoning occurs when your dog is exposed to aloe vera plants or products from the plant

Causes of Aloe Vera Poisoning in Dogs

The cause of aloe vera poisoning can be from one large dose (ingestion) or from repeated topical and/or oral exposure. This can occur from many situations, such as:

  • Eating aloe vera plants
  • Eating or being fed products with aloe vera gel, supplements or latex
  • Constant exposure to aloe vera products

Diagnosis of Aloe Vera Poisoning in Dogs

Be sure to let your veterinarian know if your dog has gotten into aloe vera plants, aloe products, or if you have been giving your dog aloe vera supplements. Bring the information with you to the veterinarian’s office in addition to your dog’s medical history, such as shot records, recent illnesses, injuries, and abnormal behavior. The veterinarian will do a complete physical examination, which includes vision and hearing check, reflexes, body temperature, blood pressure, height, weight, heart rate, oxygen level, and respiration rate.

Some laboratory tests that your veterinarian will do are a complete blood count (CBC), blood gases, biochemistry profile, electrolytes, glucose test, urinalysis, and fecal examination. They will be looking for lower than normal red blood cell count, low glucose level, and decreased electrolyte levels.

The veterinarian will also get some radiographs (x-rays) of your dog’s abdomen and chest to look for damage or any indication of ingested plant material. If necessary, the veterinary team may need to perform an ultrasound and CT scan for a more detailed look at your dog’s abdomen. An endoscopy may also be done to look for any remaining aloe vera parts or products and to verify that your dog does not have an obstruction from eating the plant. In addition, your veterinarian may do an echocardiogram (ECG) to check your dog’s heart muscular and electrical activity.

Treatment of Aloe Vera Poisoning in Dogs

Treatment includes decontamination by inducing vomiting and performing a gastric lavage to clean any remaining aloe vera from your dog’s stomach. Activated charcoal will also be given to bind to the aloe vera so it can be evacuated through your dog’s bowels without any further contamination. IV fluids and oxygen therapy will be administered to keep your dog hydrated and stable.

Recovery of Aloe Vera Poisoning in Dogs

How well your dog does depends on how much aloe they swallowed and how quickly they receive treatment. The faster medical help is given, the better the chance for recovery. Monitor your pet once home, and be certain to attend all follow-up appointments as scheduled by the veterinarian.

Aloe Vera Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Kalita
Toy chihuahua
15 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Shack for awhile than she get ok

I heard that it was good for dogs with sizure if you give it with the food it will help stop the sizure attack is aloe Vera ok to give are dog it seem to help her or what can I give her cause can't get no Med for her no money what more can I give her please help her

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Aloe vera is toxic for dogs and I cannot recommend any use of aloe vera unless it is with a product specifically intended for dogs. If you have financial issues, you should try to reach out to charity clinics and nonprofits to see if they are able to assist with the cost of medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Petty
terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking

Medication Used

Taking phenobarbital

Good day dear Vets
I've got a 7-year old dog with seizures,I've heard that Aloe Vera is good for him!
But seems it was totally wrong...
I'd appreciate if you can please let me have your comment.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Aloe vera can be quite toxic to dogs if ingested, and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and urinary problems. It would be best not to give Petty aloe vera, and to continue to follow your veterinarian's advice on the management of his seizures. I hope that all goes well for him.

Hello, whole leaf aloe is toxic, but if you have inner fillet pure cold pressed aloe, such as the kind I distribute, it is safe. We have a Vet on the Board of Directors and he has many video's "Dr. David Urch" on the benefits of this specific Aloe Vera, drinking it and using it topically, BUT I must stress, it is inner fillet only, not the outer leaf that is what is toxic because of the Saponin.

Dear Dr. King
Many thanks for your prompt reply.
The case is that phenobarbital is affecting Petty's livers and I'm just trying to find another way to control his seizures.
I read somewhere that Kbrovet is good for him but it's not available here in our country.
I would be really thankful if you can just suggest me an alternative for phenobarbital.
With the Best Regards
Javad

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Koda
Great Pyrenees
9 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

I have aloe juice and yesterday at around 4/5pm my dog got to the bottle and drank some. I am unclear as to how much she ingested, it's a new bottle and is about 20 oz and there was maybe 5 oz left. There was a puddle in the carpet but not as big as it could've been. This morning she puked before her feeding (loose, yellow, and not a lot of chunks) and woke me up by whimpering because she had diarrhea. The poop wasn't yellow it had normal coloring. But she puked later on in the day same result and still has diarrhea.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Koda seen by your veterinarian to have an exam and any supportive care that Koda may need to get over this stomach upset, whether it is related to the Aloe juice or otherwise. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and get her appropriate treatment. I hope that she is okay!

Hello Madison, what product did you use, I am assuming it was whole leaf or whole leaf filtered, was it over the counter from a store? Make sure it is inner fillet only, pure aloe. I use only pure inner fillet cold pressed aloe products on my pets, aloe gelly, propolis cream topically, the ones I use are approved for animals, contact me if you have any questions..

Hello, my 65 lb dog burned her foot, pads included and we were using an antiseptic that contained aloe. She has vomited twice i not eaten for about 36 hours n 24 hours and oddly didn't want to go outside... She did end up going and had diarrhea. We haven't been using the spray for 36 hours. Because she was licking her paw do you think it may be from the spray? There is some redness not much swelling and the pad is beginning to heal...

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Kai-Li
Labrador Retriever
7 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting
Loss of Appetite

My seven months old labrador, besides losing its appetite, defecates and vomits frequently after ingesting an amount of aloe vera. What possible actions should we do? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2507 Recommendations
Aloe vera poisoning in dogs usually results in gastrointestinal symptoms which may include vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and lethargy; in cases of large ingestion symptoms may include tremors. It is too late to induce vomiting and to give activated charcoal, but supportive care including ensuring that she remains hydrated it key. If you see any tremors or other worrying signs visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/aloe-vera/

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Dog
Bulldog
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Hi my dog has diarrhea he chewed a piece of aloe Vera yesterday at around 12:00pm he did not eat it he chewed the piece and spit it out wondering if that has anything to do with the diarrhea the diarrhea did not begin until today at around 5:00am

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the aloe vera is causing some irritation to his gastrointestinal tract, the diarrhoea should clear up soon if it is connected to the aloe vera; other causes may be due to diet, infections, poisons or foreign objects. If he still has diarrhoea tomorrow visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

All aloe products on pets need to be inner fillet only and specific ones only that are designed for pets. There are a lot of Aloe products that are whole leaf, that is the toxic part, whole leaf filtered, etc, you need to be totally sure what you are using. You need pure aloe inner fillet products, they are out there, you just need to be very careful and know what you are using and where they are from. But yes, Aloe is toxic to cats and dogs, but it is the outer leaf and the saponin which is the yellow liquid between the green outer leaf and the white/clear inner fillet.

My pug is expecting a litter of pups. Ive been taking her temoerature twice daily for about a week and have been using aloe vera vasaline she has been sick a few times will i didnt know it was unsafe would this effect the unborn puppies?

I have a three dogs and not sure which one chewed a piece of aloe vera plant. They range from 10 to 20 lbs. It was a 2" by 1/2" piece break up in smaller still some intact pieces. It just happened yet not sure which dog ate it. Any recommendations?

I was told that the aloe vera gel was good for cats, is it safe?

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