Special Ingredient Saturday – Aloe Vera
Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis
Origin: Northern Africa
Texture: Thin, clear liquid (Aloe vera gel has a clear, thick gelatinous consistency)
Extraction Method: Scraped from the inner filet of the plant leaves
Aloe vera is widely known as nature’s sunburn relief, but do you know that it has amazing benefits for our four-legged friends as well? The use of aloe vera in skin care dates back to Ancient Egypt, where it gained popularity for soothing and healing sun damaged skin. The juice can be taken directly from the leaves and applied to the skin, or it can be used in a variety of products for humans and animals.
Not only does aloe vera have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties to help soothe inflamed, damaged skin, it also has slight anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help fight infection. It also moisturizes and protects the skin and hair.
Aloe is safe to use on both dogs and cats, even around delicate eyes and ears. It can relieve the itching associated with fleabites and help soothe skin that’s been scratched raw. It’s cooling and beneficial to minor cuts and abrasions as well. Aloe contains a compound called acemannan, which is responsible for its immune-stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe can be used externally and internally.
Vintage Doggie Spa includes aloe vera in the following products: Shampoo, Detangling Conditioner, Refreshing Spritz and Herbal Ear Wash. We love its benefits on our dogs and know you will too!
Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM
As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Cathy treated 80% of what walked in the door — not with expensive prescriptions — but with adequate nutrition. Now retired from private practice, her commitment to pets hasn’t waned and she looks forward to impacting many more pet parents through her books, research, speaking and consulting work. Learn more at drcathyvet.com