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Aloe Vera for Dermatitis in Dogs

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. October 12, 2016
Aloe Vera for Dermatitis in Dogs

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The skin or dermis is a very important organ, because it has a protective function against the outside environment. However, skin is also the site where many diseases that affect the organism are manifested, as in the case of an allergic reaction or liver malfunction.

In order to ensure the best for your pet, as owner you should be aware of all the signs that indicate that something could be wrong with their organism. Therefore, regularly checking your dog's coat and skin should be part of its everyday care.

One of these possible diseases that affect the skin is dermatitis or eczema. If you want to treat your dog's skin naturally, stay with us at AnimalWised. This article will talk about the benefits of using aloe vera for dermatitis in dogs.

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What is dermatitis?

The term dermatitis simply means "inflammation of the skin" and it corresponds to a situation where the skin is irritated and inflamed, causing itching and stinging. Canine dermatitis can be produced by various causes, and it is usually caused by:

Of course, given the variety of causes it is very important that you go to the vet if you suspect that your dog is suffering dermatitis, as establishing the underlying cause is paramount in order to treat it properly.

Aloe Vera for Dermatitis in Dogs - What is dermatitis?

How to know if your dog has dermatitis

If your dog is suffering from dermatitis you will be able to see it due to the presence of one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Continuous scratching
  • Dandruff
  • Flaking in the fur
  • Scabs and sores
  • Redness
  • Dry skin
  • Disturbances in the fur
  • Restlessness

Now would be the time to examine your pet's coat to assess the injuries and go to the vet. You should give the vet all the information they need to establish what is causing this condition on the dog's dermis.

Aloe Vera for Dermatitis in Dogs - How to know if your dog has dermatitis

Treating dermatitis in dogs with aloe vera

There are still many conflicting theories about using aloe vera on animals, and some even believe that it is a toxic remedy for cats . The reality is that many holistic veterinarians consider using aloe vera as a first-line treatment against many conditions.

In order to gain all the benefits of aloe vera you should extract the flesh within the stems. This has various properties which can treat canine dermatitis:

  • Aloe vera juice has antibacterial effects, therefore it will prevent a topical infection if the dermatitis is accompanied by injuries from excessive scratching.
  • Aloe vera is able to regenerate the skin, therefore it will allow wounds to properly heal and help the skin renew itself.
  • It is a highly hydrating and moisturizing substance, therefore it quickly soothes itching and scratching associated with dermatitis.
  • Aloe vera contains active ingredients that act by decreasing inflammation of the skin, which is also very important in reducing symptoms.

Moreover, aloe vera is also highly beneficial to treat a dog's paw pads.

Aloe Vera for Dermatitis in Dogs - Treating dermatitis in dogs with aloe vera

How to apply aloe vera?

In this case, you are conducting a topical and symptomatic treatment of dermatitis with no relation to the underlying cause. This must be determined and dealt with accordingly by the vet.

Therefore, the best option as mentioned before is to carry out a topical administration. This means you should apply the aloe vera flesh directly to the affected skin 2 to 3 times a day. The best option is to use 100% pure aloe vera gel . A way of telling the purity of the product is to look at the labeling of the gel. In the list of ingredients, aloe vera should appear first.

Aloe Vera for Dermatitis in Dogs - How to apply aloe vera?

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

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debra
My 1 year old red australian heeler has dark skin,I will administer aloe but am I doing wrong when I add herbs for parasites and worms that i get from the company land of havilah,please check them out as I think they are great so am I doing ok for my dog with them,plus I guess I better stop using limited ingredients dry dog food thank you

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