Yes and no. The pure form of aloe vera straight from the plant or pure aloe vera juice can be given to your dog internally in small doses, but we recommend using aloe as an external treatment for various medical issues, just to be safe. We will take a look and the benefits and disadvantages and risks of aloe for dogs below.
Signs of a Dog Liking Aloe
Your dog is not going to love the aloe, but you can tell if they can tolerate the taste, smell, and feel of aloe on their skin. If you put the pure aloe on your dog for a rash, burn, or wound and they leave the juice or gel alone, this means they can tolerate it well. Ignoring it is the best sign. If your dog does not like it, they will lick the spot, scrunch their nose at the smell, or sniffle a lot.
When giving the juice from the plant to your dog internally, if they seem to have no reaction to the aloe, this means they are okay with the flavor and texture. If they lick their lips a lot, run around, lick their air, or go straight for the water bowl, your dog probably doesn't like aloe very much.
- Lip licking
- Dropped Ears
- Shake off
- Nose wrinkled
- Sniffing and sneezing a lot
- Exposing their teeth and snarling
- Running to get water
History of Dogs and Aloe
Further down the road, the Romans also used aloe vera for its amazing healing properties. They would use the liquid in the leaves to help treat skin irritations, wounds, burns, stomach issues, acne, hair loss, and so much more.
Eventually, aloe vera made its way to the New World as well. Columbus kept aloe vera on his boats to help treat any wounds his sailors would get during their travels. Since aloe vera was so highly regarded as a treatment for any kind of skin irritation, it is definitely possible that aloe vera juice was used on dogs who would get rashes, burns, and wounds out working or playing.
Science Behind Dogs and Aloe
Aloe vera is most commonly used on dogs externally when they have various skin irritations. Aloe is great for itch relief when your dog is suffering from hot spots and eczema that cause intense itching. The fresh juice is the most powerful. This plant is also great if your dog has happened to get any sunburns. It helps soothe the sore and painful spots on the skin.
If you have a puppy at home that is teething, rubbing some of the fresh juice on their gums can provide pain relief. Alternatively, you can squeeze the juice from your aloe vera plant and freeze it in a mold or small paper cups. Pop out the frozen aloe vera and let your pup chew on the cold aloe vera cubes to provide pain relief for sore teeth and gums.
If your dog has gotten a minor wound from running around and playing, use aloe vera to help dress the wound. Its antibacterial properties will help clean the wound and prevent it from getting infected. If your dog likes to lick off the aloe vera, which they probably will, you can try to lightly wrap the wound once the aloe is rubbed gently over the wound. This will keep the aloe vera on the wound and prevent your dog from irritating the wound even more.
Giving Your Dog Aloe
The juice you find in the store can be filled with sugar and water, which defeats the main purpose of the juice and makes it substantially less powerful. Furthermore, the aloe vera gel you can also find in the store is just as bad. These gels are filled with water, fillers, colors, artificial fragrances, and other toxic chemicals that are not good for your dog's skin. It is also very important to note these types of gels are never allowed for internal use and can do serious harm to your dog's body.
Fresh juice from an organic aloe plant is the safest, purest, and healthiest alternative. This is safe to use on your dog's skin and internally in small amounts as well.
Safety Tips for Using Aloe on Your Dog:
Don't use the gels or juices from the store.
Only use fresh and organic aloe juice from a real plant.
Only give internally in small and appropriate quantities.