Aloe Aloe…

AloeVeraAloe Vera is one of nature’s wonder plants and an absolute “must-have” in any First Aid Kit.  It looks like a cactus but belongs to the Lily family, grows in dry surroundings, stays moist and cool when other plants wilt, and can shut down its pores to prevent water loss. It can be found in Africa, America, Asia and here in Europe.  You can even grow your own plant and use fresh gel, but make sure the variety is Aloe Barbadensis as the sap from this plant has the best healing properties.

Aloe Vera Gel can be used to relieve the symptoms of many types of human and animal skin problems including allergies, leisions, minor cuts and scratches, insect bites, itching, chafing and sun burn.  A biological growth stimulator present in Aloe Vera can help to regenerate new tissue, guard against infection and promote the healing of cuts and wounds. The Gel creates a protective coating that can:

  • provide a cooling / calming/ soothing feeling where the skin is irritated
  • help to speed up the healing process
  • reduce swelling, inflammation, pain and redness

Gel that has been squeezed from a freshly picked leaf can be used instead of a commercial product and means that you don’t need to worry about “best before dates”.  Aloe Vera Gel is the only product that I would recommend to use on open wounds (eg caused by intense scratching where there is a Mite problem).

Guineas can get skin problems for many different reasons – leisions from scratching due to Fungal or Parasitic problems, minor abrasions, allergies etc.  Aloe Vera is the ideal product to help these types of problems and can be applied several times a day (always do a patch test first).  Where the damaged skin is protected and soothed, your guinea is less likely to scratch and bite so the skin will heal faster. It is also safe to use on pregnant sows.

Aloe Vera also goes into our Aloe Melt which is great for dry / scurfy skin, for softening crusts and providing nourishment to dry ears, feet and nipples.

These products are not a substitute for proper Veterinary diagnosis and treatment when required, but can help to ease the skin problem until you can get to your Vet.

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