This page on skin conditions in dogs is based on veterinary surgeon Dr. David Urch's book "Aloe vera -Nature's Gift", about the use of aloe vera products in veterinary practice.
Skin conditions in dogs are quite common. Your dog may develop problems with allergies, eczema, dermatitis as well as fungal infections and abscesses.
Aloe vera can be used by the dog owner as a complementary medicinal herb to help a previously diagnosed condition or as a first aid treatment whilst waiting to see a veterinary surgeon.
Skin conditions in dogs can be helped with a high-quality aloe vera preparation, in 2 ways. The Forever Freedom oral gel can be given in your dog's food, and the topical preparations can be applied directly to the animal's skin.
The Aloe Vera will help to decrease the inflammation and itching as well as helping to remove dead cells and discharges. It will also create a good environment for rapid healing.
IMPORTANT; aloe vera will not have any effect on skin parasites such as fleas, mites and lice, so you must visit your vet if these are a problem.
How to use aloe vera products for skin conditions in dogs;
The first thing to do is to start giving your dog the Forever Freedom aloe vera gel as a food supplement. This will boost the dog's immune system and help to tackle the problem from the inside.
Forever Freedom aloe vera gel contains naturally occurring glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate and methylsulphonylmethane (MSM), which are natural elements. A number of researchers have concluded that aloe vera works on the epithelial tissues and the immune system to produce its beneficial effects.
This is why it appears to help with conditions affecting a number of apparently unrelated body systems. You can read more at my page on Best Aloe Products for Dogs.
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The second thing to do is apply aloe vera topical preparations to the affected skin. There are a few important points to remember;
1. Always apply the aloe vera directly to the skin area, NOT the hair. It may be necessary to clip away the hair or fur from over the area.
2. Wash and clean the area gently with Aloe Veterinary Formula spray. This is an aloe vera spray that is used to soothe and clean the affected area. It will help to remove dead skin cells too.
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3. Dry the area gently with a towel, and then gently apply Aloe Vera Gelly. You apply this directly to the skin, to calm irritated and help reduce scar formation. It is a thick gel with anti-bacterial properties which lubricates and soothes skin tissues in sensitive areas. It penetrates the surface layer of the skin and so is easily absorbed.
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4. Where the skin is also very dry, you can use the Aloe Vera Propolis creme instead of the Aloe Vera Gelly. The Propolis creme is one of the most popular products for humans, and it is equally beneficial for animals.
Propolis is a natural agent used by bees to clean and disinfect their hives. It has powerful anti-bacterial properties and is also extremely soothing for dry skin. Combined with the anti-bacterial effect of aloe gel, this creme also moisturizes the skin.
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5. You should apply the aloe vera products 4 to 6 times a day to start with. Once the skin condition starts to improve, you can reduce this to 2 times a day.
Do not be concerned if the symptoms of skin irritation appear to get worse initially. This occurs because Aloe Vera increases the rate of healing of the skin, concentrating the healing process into a shorter time. This "healing crisis" may last from 5 to 10 days. It's important to continue with the Forever Freedom gel food supplement during this time, to support the dog's immune system.