This article discusses the many benefits of using aloe vera for your dog. It is a member of the lily family. There are about five hundred species of it, the most common of which is known as aloe vera.  The plants are native to southern and/or eastern Africa but there are also some strains in the West Indies. Read more.

In North America and Europe, among other locales, aloe is used in landscaping to spruce up the appearance of a yard.

Therapeutic Uses of Aloe Vera for Dogs

Aloe is best used for digestive, skin and lymph problems. The most common use of aloe vera gel for dogs is as a topical skin application, as you’re probably familiar with. Either fresh juice from aloe or a gel that has been commercially prepared features a pile of minerals, proteins, enzymes, and other goodies.  The inner fleshy leaf is where all the nutrients are found for both internal and external use. 

  • Aloe vera is excellent for dogs with problems from acidic stomachs (acid reflux as known to humans).  Give 10 minutes before each meal.  See dosage below.
  • Soothes the skin and soften it, helping treat minor scrapes, burns and other wounds your dog may encounter.
  • Fleabites, sunburns and poison ivy harm can often be treated with aloe due to its cooling effects, while it is also sometimes applied topically after surgery to help treat incision areas and so on.
  • It’s also believed it may play a part in cancer prevention.
  • Aloe is believed to be one of the better herbs for relieving acute arthritic pain in older dogs due to gout (metabolic disease).
  • Relieves bladder sensitivity and irritation when the urine has a high acid count.
  • For dogs who’ve had any kind of surgery, application of aloe vera gel can work wonders by reducing a great deal of irritation and inflammation. Dogs should be prevented from licking off any of the gel because it should be left on the wound or problem area as long as possible.  SEE THE PRECAUTIONS BELOW.

Directions for using fresh aloe: Cut a leaf from the bottom of the plant and squeeze out the juice as shown in this exampleBe careful NOT to contaminate the juice with the latex part of the plant.


Safely Using Aloe Vera For Dogs 1Safely Using Aloe Vera For Dogs 2Plus, it’s made from the same variety of aloe plant that the Road Runner bird (not the cartoon) prefers to drink from, and we all know that our animal friends have a little more insight into what’s good and what’s not!

You can learn more here and check out testimonials from others.  George’s also has topical gel’s and sprays as well.

Is Aloe Vera Gel Safe for a Dog’s Skin?

  • Dosage: Aloe juice can also be used internally as a way to handle irritations and minor problems along the digestive tract. You want to start it slowly so that your dog can get used to the taste, but the brand that I recommend above is tasteless.  I use this myself.
  • General maintenance dosage: 1 teaspoon of George’s Aloe Vera Liquid per 10 pounds of body weight daily.

Safely Using Aloe Vera For Dogs 2Preventative Measures

There may be cases in which some dogs have allergic reactions to aloe. Side effects include reddening of the skin or the formation of some sort of allergy rash. For this reason, it’s best to test any aloe gel on a small area of the skin first to see what, if anything, develops.

For the most part, however, aloe is considered safe for dogs. What dog owners do need to be aware of are the topical creams and other products that claim to usealoes” (not “aloe”).

Aloes represent a sticky sort of latex extracted from the skin of aloe leaves. This material has been linked to digestive issues, including severe diarrhea.

Look for products that use the INNER FILLET ONLY like George’s and do not contain the latex part of the leaf, which is not recommended for your dog.

Is Aloe Vera Safe for Dogs? Reasons to Use

As covered above, there are a number of topical and internal applications for aloe. It is a generally safe option for keeping the skin free from irritation and mitigating the effects of rashes and other concerns.

The internal properties have also proved beneficial, with some owners using a bit of aloe juice for irritations of the digestive tract (nausea, diarrhea), bladder irritation, cancer prevention and the pain of arthritis.

Of all the different herbs, aloe is one of the safest and most reliable for dogs. Its applications are significant and its benefits are considerable, making it a terrific option for your four-legged friend.

References: Herbs for Pets by M.L. Wulff-Tilford and G.L. Tilford & Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats by CJ Puotinen

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  • Anita Humphris

    I have an Airedale terrier who has on-going anal gland problems and has to have them expressed every two week. The vets are now thinking it could be allergy related and want to start using long term meds or injections. I have read up on Aloe Vera liquid and wonder if this might be a natural alternative

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Anita:

      You don’t need “long term meds or injections.” What are you feeding your Airedale terrier?


  • Joanne Troutman

    I have a 2 year old mixed breed. I had him tested to find out what he was allergic. He is allergic to flea bites, 3 kind of grass, dust mites, dust mites but he still bites his paws or legs. I want to know if aloe vera soap is good to bath him .

  • Jacqueline Ealy

    My Yorkshire terrier has an odor from her skin. She itches ALL the time and she also has flakes like dandruff.
    I have taken her to 3 vets… one gave her a steroid shot, the others 5mg of Apoquel, which neither worked. The pills made her vomit, so I broke them in half, but still no change. I wanted to try aloe to see if it would give her some relief. I feed her grain free dog food and I also give her fresh fruits and vegetables. Any suggestions?

    • janie

      Hi Jacqueline:

      Yes, you should definitely consider our anti yeast kit. This is what it is for. You can see it here.

      Are you vaccinating her or using chemical flea and tick products? Are you feeding a dry food? Would you consider home cooking?


  • mandy Redman

    Thank you so much Janie, this is very helpful for me, I will look this product up for Ronnie, he continues to improve, truly unbelievable – considering how ill he was when we first found your resource just seven weeks ago.

    • janie

      My pleasure Mandy. I’m so very, very happy that Ronnie continues to improve.

      He has an outstanding mum!


  • Ewa

    Our dog is in pain. RA? He ate compost and became very sick. I used aloe Vera gel (2 tbs) and 2tbs of Bragg’s apple cider Vinegar plus 2tbs ground flax to clear his stomach for about 2 weeks. Visiting a vet was and is like a death sentence, so it was not an option.
    He is blind, a bit stiff and sneezes a lot.
    5mg allergy pill-citrizine works. He sleeps, sleeps and sleeps. He also gets a tsp of spirulina. Considering potassium klor con20 daily.
    Loving our darling black, furry dog. He is about 10 years old. But of course he was a rescue dog from Alabama.
    I guess old survival rite (garbage cans) die hard.

    • janie

      Are you looking for some help for your dog Ewa? If so, let me know.

      Can I ask what you feed him and what you’re willing to do for him?


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