Aloe Vera
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  • Allergies

    Olaf Sch.

    In mid-2001, extended examinations proved that my boxer had developed an immunological condition of the gastrointestinal tract, which manifested itself by the fact that his bowel movements were runny to watery and contained minor amounts of blood. After months of dry food, it became apparent that this immunological condition was due to a protein allergy.

    The ensuing treatment consisted of tablets and suppositories that had a strong pharmaceutical effect. Furthermore, I had to switch his food over; he received a special food combining diet while strictly avoiding certain animal-based proteins.

    In mid-2003, I took notice of aloe vera gel and, after thoroughly studying literature on aloe vera I decided to try it on my dog. From then on I gave him 30 ml, initially, three times a day and, after several months, twice daily. At the same time I completely discontinued all drugs that were being used to treat his condition.

    The results were amazing. After a few days his bowel movements were completely normal and hard. As we have since had a baby girl, a strict food combining diet has been hard to observe. Despite that, I noticed that even larger amounts of nicked foods containing animal-based protein no longer caused allergic reactions and also did not influence the texture of his bowel movements, which have, by the way, to date never again contained any blood.

    Not only has the general wellbeing of my boxer improved considerably, the financial strain of the expensive drugs has also reduced significantly.

    Bielefeld, 10. November 2003 Back to top
  • Osteoarthritis

    Tanja G.

    We have a dog called Niko, a nine-year old boxer. He really enjoys running after balls and sticks.

    Unfortunately, it repeatedly happened that he yelped while playing and could subsequently not place any weight on his leg. After a few minutes everything was OK but we were worried.

    Our vet suspected beginning osteoarthritis. His coat was dull and felt dirty and a bit greasy.

    After about half a year of giving him aloe vera gel regularly (50 ml in the morning with his food), the dog no longer displayed any symptoms of pain. He no longer drags his right hind leg behind or yelps with pain. His coat has a beautiful sheen and he is a lot fitter. We enjoy having a happy, healthy and playful dog

    On top of that, it is difficult to find good dog food that contains less than 23% crude protein and at least 15% meat (that is what I was recommended by a naturopathic veterinary practice). For this reason, it is all the more important, in my opinion, that we have found a good natural nutritional supplement for our dog.

    Dezember 2003 Back to top
  • Skin rash/Eczema

    Frank N.

    My experience with the application of aloe vera to pets!!

    We have a 12-year old Irish Setter who recently had eczema that was large-scale and open (like a wound).

    Thanks to the use of aloe vera spray with herbal essences the wound he had scratched open had closed by the following day and healed within four days.

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  • Bernhard L.

    Application to Alsatian

    Experience with aloe vera spray with herbal essences

    According to the information provided by the manufacturer, the aloe vera spray is a skincare spray containing 83% aloe vera gel and natural herbal essences. We used aloe vera spray to combat the itching and rash in the abdominal area of our Alsatian. The first time the rash and the regular scratching it entailed occurred, was in the summer of 2003. After only a short while following the application of the spray our dog displayed significantly less itching and the scratching subsided as well. After a few applications the skin rash disappeared almost completely.

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  • Dust mite allergy

    Heike W.

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I would like to tell you about the experience I have had administering aloe vera gel to pets.

    I have an Alsatian/St. Bernhard mix. He is already 11 years old and has suffered from a dust mite allergy since puppyhood. So far, this wasn’t really tragic but with increasing age he scratched more and more and chewed and bit himself. He did this to the extent that he started smelling rotten and developed large bald patches.

    Vets claimed that only cortisone and antibiotics could help. Due to a coincidence, I was introduced to aloe vera. Only one week later our dog had improved. The scratching had ceased and he obviously felt much more comfortable. He also prompted us to throw his ball.

    After witnessing this I also started taking aloe vera. And, what can I say? I had had a sun allergy for around 12 years. After four weeks of taking aloe vera gel I went on vacation. Everything was perfect and, on top of that, I no longer had a sun allergy.

    I can only advise every being: even if you do not have any acute problems, take aloe vera gel as a preventative measure.

    Hirschberg, 27.11.03 Back to top
  • Immunodeficency

    Familie H.

    Aloe vera for our dog? Is that taking one’s love for animals just a tick too far? These are questions we did in fact ask ourselves a while ago

    Our “Robin” (Small Munsterlander) did not have the best start in life. When he was four months old he had to go to a veterinary clinic that fitted him with braces - otherwise his canines would have bit through his upper jaw. Then he had to undergo abdominal surgery as our little glutton unfortunately swallowed a small piece of wire and the stone of a peach.

    Considering that he was only about seven months old, he had actually been through enough. That is why it was particularly upsetting when he repeatedly contracted different infectious diseases within brief intervals (approx. six weeks). He frequently had high fevers and had to be treated with Novalgin and antibiotics. Our vet commented that our dog’s health was regrettably very fragile. We then started giving him aloe vera gel every morning, as a supplement to his food. After three months our vet called and cautiously enquired about Robin. We happily responded that Robin was fine. After a further four months he had a brief relapse but has been fit as a fiddle ever since. Robin is now 2 1/4 years old and a healthy playmate for the whole family. Aloe vera’s many natural ingredients helped him boost his immune system. His coat has also developed a beautiful sheen.

    That is why our response to the question: Aloe vera for animals? is - Definitely!!!

    Dezember 2003 Back to top
  • Stomache problems

    Guido B. & Gisela W.M.

    Experience with aloe vera gel in a standard poodle

    Our standard poodle Timo is eleven years old. He had stomach problems from the very start; the breeder did not feed him well, which is why he ate stones and shards outside. For this reason, a large section of his stomach had to be removed, leading to longstanding stomach problems, including vomiting. During our training as animal naturopaths we became acquainted with means of alleviating his stomach problems. We acupunctured him every 2-3 months, which always relieved his problems for some time. Over the past six months we have been adding aloe vera gel to his food. Since then he has not vomited once and we have witnessed other fantastic improvements: his coat has improved in sheen and is more intensive in colour again; also, his general wellbeing has improved significantly and the signs of old age he was displaying have decreased. Overall, he has become more active and happy. Meanwhile we have seen astonishing results following the administration of aloe to a variety of different animals in our practice! We have also been very successful when applying aloe externally, e.g. treating flushed skin, badly healing wounds, dander, etc.

    We are grateful that we can use the aloe vera gel with honey in our treatments, as the animals respond well to it and it is a natural nutritional supplement.

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  • Mites

    Resi P

    Experience with aloe vera spray with herbal essences

    We have had a Podenco bitch living with us for the past two years, who was placed with us from Tenerife. She was fairly neglected and had numerous injuries when we got her and it took a lot of love and patience to resolve her fear of humans.

    As we live in a very rural area, we can take “Wassi” for walks through fields and meadows. Unfortunately, we have repeatedly noticed that grass mites settled on the lower abdomen of our dog. The drugs prescribed by the vet only provided brief relief. By coincidence we heard of the healing power of aloe, i.e. of aloe spray. After only a brief period of treatment with this spray we noticed that it was successful in healing the inflamed areas on the dog’s lower abdomen. In fact, we believe that the regular application of the spray has led to our dog developing immunity against the grass mites. We have been able to do completely without “Autan”, the drug prescribed by the vet.

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  • Fungal disease

    Brigitte

    Our 1 ½-year old Alsatian suffered from a fungal disease that affected both his front and back legs. A treatment with tablets and ointments was unsuccessful. After the third week of treatment I gave our dog 50-80 ml aloe vera gel once a day. In the morning and evening I would spray his legs with aloe vera spray. After about ten days the fungal disease had disappeared.

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  • Digestive disorder

    Sandra und Thorsten P.

    About a year ago our dog Akim had to have his anal glands removed due to chronic inflammation. As there had already been adhesive processes into the anal sphincter, the wounds were correspondingly large. Immediately after surgery we started applying aloe vera spray to the wounds twice a day. When we consulted the vet two days after surgery the wound was dry and showed no signs of inflammation so that we did not have administer further antibiotics. After 10 days the sutures were removed, after which we applied the aloe vera gel cream once a day. Meanwhile, the scars have virtually disappeared

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  • Senility

    Andreas & Therese K.

    Our cat Cindy is 15 years old and has been getting 10 ml of aloe vera gel for the past three weeks. Why? Cindy suffered from senility, had become emaciated, slept virtually the entire day and hardly ate anything anymore. We went to the vet, who gave her a homeopathic remedy! That certainly helped her but it was also very expensive and so we decided to give her aloe vera juice on a daily basis. Using a syringe we gave it to her directly via the mouth. That was three weeks ago and since then our Büsi has undergone a miraculous change. She is eating more, has gained weight, here coat has a beautiful sheen and, what’s best, she has gone back to defending her territory (the garden) against other cats, chases them away, goes hunting and takes long walks. These are all activities she had ceased doing or that she had become indifferent to. It’s almost as if our old cat has become younger. We definitely believe that all this is due to aloe vera, even though she does not like the juice whatsoever. She gets her once daily ration and has become used to it. We are convinced that our cat can live to a very old age thanks to aloe vera.

    12.06.2003 Back to top
  • General condition

    Angelika D.

      1. Dwarf rabbit “Dasy”

    1. In the summer of 2002 I had to consult the vet as my Dasy did not want to eat. Even though she was already ten years old I did not believe it to be due to senility. The vet established that he had to pull a tooth as it was loose and shorten a tooth because it had grown into the rabbit’s cheek. As Dasy was a family member we did not want to lose her. She had never had problems with her teeth before, which is why we wanted to help her. Dasy was anaesthetised and I held her until she fell asleep. In the afternoon we picked her up again. Two days later we had to consult the vet again, as her mouth was badly inflamed. The vet was worrying and said: “Sometimes it can be wrong to keep an old animal alive.” We were very sad but none of us wanted to lose her. As I had had good experiences with aloe vera gel I knew it would also help my little Dasy, so I gave 1-2 ml of aloe vera gel into her mouth using a syringe. She slurped it away with pleasure. Two days later the vet was visibly shocked and astonished. The inflammation had vanished completely and Dasy was fit as a fiddle again. I told the vet what I had done but he merely sneered at me.
    2. 2. Pet fish

    3. We have a 50 l aquarium with pet fish. In the summer of 2003, my son brought two new fish home that are actually quite robust. Two weeks later, one of the new fish developed thick bulging eyes that turned completely dull after a few days. Three weeks later the fish died. An acquaintance told me that it was a worm that was causing the fish trouble and made them turn blind and die. When the next fish developed thick, dull eyes I was shocked and scared. As I had already had plenty of experience with aloe vera, I thought it can’t do any harm and so I opened the aquarium’s lid and poured aloe vera into it. The water became a bit murky because I had poured a rather generous amount of aloe vera into the aquarium. After all, I did not know how to does aloe vera for an aquarium. Two days later I noticed that the fish were fine and quite mobile. To this day not a single fish has developed dull eyes and none have died. Occasionally I give a shot of aloe vera gel into the water of the aquarium
    4. 3. The neighbour’s cat

    5. When I returned home from the North Sea in September 2003, my neighbour’s cat was sitting on my doorstep. I was horrified as she did not look good at all. She was completely emaciated, her coat was dull, unkempt and looked like straw and her eyes were half closed with something black. It could not be senility as the cat was only seven years old. She also had worms continuously as she only lived outside. It really broke my heart!! As my neighbour survives on a meagre pension and I am an enthusiastic drinker of aloe vera gel, I decided on a course of action. As this cat only drinks rainwater there was no chance of giving her the gel via drinking water. Therefore, I bought canned food and I gave her one tablespoon of aloe vera gel mixed with two tablespoons of food. After about two weeks one of the other neighbours asked my neighbour: “What did you do with your cat? She’s looking good again.” She responded: “I didn’t do anything, I wanted to go to the vet but she’s on holiday.” The cat had gained weight, her coat was smooth and had a beautiful sheen and hardly lost any hair. Her eyes were not quite back to normal but looked so much better. Since the end of November the cat’s her usual self again. Her eyes are a brilliant green again, her coat is ever so soft and glossy and she is fit again. I was able to help my neighbour and her cat and happy about ‘my good deed’! Hopefully I can help many two-legged and four-legged beings with aloe vera gel, yet!

    Jesteburg,05.12.2003 Back to top
  • Hair loss and mites

    I would like to provide a brief report of my experience with our cats.

    Our tomcat Micky is 14 years old. At nine months he was neutered and since then he has had severe hair loss, irrespective of season. In recent weeks I started putting aloe into his drinking water as a result of which his hair loss has reduced significantly.

    Our Biene is approximately eight years old and about four years ago she has had mites every spring. They settle under her skin and lead to itching that can be so severe that she constantly scratches herself and loses tufts of hair. The sites then become inflamed and weep. This means a once in a week trip to the vet and injections against these parasites as well as antibiotics

    This time I gave her aloe: directly onto her coat and the sites affected and into her drinking water, like I did for Micky. Her coat has been fine ever since.

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  • Wormes

    Gisela und Herman

    Report on the effect of aloe vera on a tomcat

    Our cat was born in May 2003 and had a severe case of worms in September, as a result of which he was prescribed a dewormer by the vet. Our cat became weaker and weaker over time and increasingly lost his vitality until the vet decided that he wanted to euthanize the cat. It was then that we decided to consult animal naturopaths. They recommended aloe vera gel and said that if there was no improvement in the course of the next day, we would have to have the cat euthanized. We used a disposable syringe and gave it directly into his mouth several times. Next day his general condition had improved tremendously! Our cat actually liked the taste because he would subsequently always jump up onto the sink where the syringe was lying and such on it like mad! He recovered fully within a few days and we continued giving him aloe until the end of November. About a week later the cat had contracted cat flu, so we started giving him aloe again. Believe it or not, only a few days later the tomcat had again recovered fully. We have since decided to give him aloe vera gel permanently!!!

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  • Wounds

    My experience with aloe vera in animals!

    I have already had plenty of experience with the intake of aloe vera gel. Its effect is unique.

    Apart from that, the coat feels super-healthy to the touch, has increased in thickness and has a beautiful sheen.

    I have since recommending this great product to all cat owners for grooming and have already received positive feedback that it also has the same positive effect on other cats.

    Münster, den 08.12.2003 Back to top
  • Tic infestation

    My experience with aloe vera in animals!

    I have already had plenty of experience with the intake of aloe vera gel. Its effect is unique. .

    Apart from that, the coat feels super-healthy to the touch, has increased in thickness and has a beautiful sheen.

    I have since recommending this great product to all cat owners for grooming and have already received positive feedback that it also has the same positive effect on other cats.

    Münster, den 08.12.2003 Back to top
  • Fungal skin disease/Sweet itch

    Edgar O.

    Use on a horse

    In spring 2003 my 11-year old gelding had contracted a fungal skin disease (dermatomycosis). This manifested itself by the fact that the horse had lost tufts of hair (diameters of approx. 3-4 cm) until bald patches were visible. The most severely affected areas were the flanks, saddle area, chest and the lower neck.

    At the same time the horse had been suffering from a type of sweet itch for some time. At times it had rubbed the topside of the base of its dock sore. The bottom side of the dock was covered with a light-coloured layer of dander.

    Following consultation with my vet I commenced the following treatment:

    Twice a week:

    Thorough cleansing of coat and tail using aloe vera shampoo

    Daily:

    - Spraying of the affected areas (coat and dock) with aloe vera spray

    - Application of aloe vera gel cream to the areas affected by the fungus (palm-size).

    - Application of aloe vera gel cream to the sore areas on the dock.

    - Application of aloe vera cream with propolis to the entire dock (particularly the bottom side)

    - In the morning, approx. 150-200 ml aloe vera gel mixed into food

    The treatment proved successful after about three weeks:

    -No dander on the dock (no rubbing until sore).

    - Fungal disease of the skin completely removed

    - Affected areas of the coat, as well as the tail have fully grown back again.

    In order to prevent a recurrence of the symptoms, the coat and tail are washed with aloe vera shampoo once a week and subsequently sprayed with aloe vera spray. During the change of coat, the addition of aloe vera gel to the horse’s food is recommended.

    12.11.03 Back to top
  • Colics

    Ulrike B.

    Administration to a horse - “Rosalie”

    For some years now our mare Rosalie has been suffering from recurrent colic attacks; her abdomen is bloated, she has no bowel movements, rolls in the straw and kicks out with her hooves.

    Application:

    Rosalie was given 100 ml aloe juice three times a day undiluted by means of a syringe. Only briefly afterwards she started to improve. Rosalie was treated for 3-5 days.

    For tension of the horse’s back apply “Thermolotion” and rub it in using circular movement - then keep area warm.

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  • Suppurating and runny eyes/Malanders/Lacerations

    Martina A.

    Experience with aloe vera products in horses

    I operate a training and competition yard with around 40 horses and have therefore been able to use aloe vera products for a range of different illnesses and injuries.

    A three-year old horse with completely suppurated and runny eyes came into our stable directly from the meadow. For three days I sprayed aloe vera spray with herbal essences onto a small sponge in the morning, at noon and in the evening and cleaned its eyes. Subsequently, both eyes were completely OK; no more inflammation, no runny eyes, no adhesion.

    This year in May a four-year old horse obtained an angular laceration of 4 by 5 cm from a kick to its chest. At this time we had temperatures of around 30°C and flies as well as other insects swooped down on the wound. On the phone the vet told me that he did not have time to stitch the wound unless the horse were bleeding to death, so I had to do something. On that day I sprayed aloe vera spray onto the wound every two to three hours and followed this up a few minutes later by rubbing aloe vera gel cream into the wound. Next day I was amazed. There was absolutely no inflammation to be detected (despite the flies and the dirt due to the fact that there was no wound dressing to cover the wound). I cancelled the vet’s appointment and over the next five days treated the wound three times daily, as I had done on the day of injury. On the sixth day the laceration could no longer be “flapped open” and after eleven days the injury was no longer visible. Not even a scar remained. Over the past six days I only used aloe vera spray.

    In June a pony with severe sweet itch came to us for training. It had already rubbed away its entire mane, its crest was completely matted with blood. Its tail was also rubbed away but not caked with blood.

    During the first few days I washed the pony’s mane and tail with an aloe vera cleansing solution twice a day and then sprayed aloe vera spray on both. After a brief application period I rubbed aloe vera gel cream onto the crusts. After about a week I was able to reduce this process to once daily and after about two weeks I reduced it even further, to three times a week. After four weeks the sores had healed completely and the pony’s mane already featured a short stubble again. During the above mentioned period I always had the pony out on the meadow for a few hours a day, either in the morning or in the evening. Overall, it spent three months in our stables. The sweet itch did not recur. During this time I occasionally sprayed aloe vera spray on its crest and dock and I always used aloe vera cream soap to wash the pony

    Two of the horses I use for riding lessons always have open withers if the riders accidentally use the wrong saddle. As a result of such injury, I used to have to give these horses a break of at least two weeks.

    Now I spray aloe vera spray onto the withers and then rub aloe vera gel cream onto them. I apply it twice daily on the first two days and on the third day the horses can already be ridden again. Then I only lay a lambskin under the saddle so that the withers are not rubbed sore again by the saddlecloth - after all, initially, there is no hair to cushion the skin.

    This year I had a horse in my stables that had severe malanders of all four hoof bulbs. From experience, I know that it takes at least four weeks of treatment until the legs are completely back to normal again. On top of that, it is also a very expensive issue. After talking with the horse’s owner I did not call the vet and treated the horse’s malanders by washing it twice daily with a warm aloe vera cleansing solution, which I then dabbed gently using a dry cloth and applied aloe vera spray. After a brief application period I rubbed aloe vera gel cream onto the hoof bulbs. Ten days later there were hardly any visible signs of malanders and the swelling of the legs had gone back completely and they were free from inflammation. After about a fortnight the legs had fully healed.

    Toward the end of September of this year a two-year old horse obtained a bad laceration to the hoof bulb of its right foreleg. The vet treated the injury three times a week for five weeks. However, instead of healing, more and more proud flesh developed from one week to the next - despite corresponding treatment - not least due to the fact that the horse kept on frolicking about instead of standing still in its box and frequently managed to get its injured leg into the feeding or drinking trough. After these five weeks, I decided not to entail further vet costs. I only applied aloe vera spray to the wound twice daily and after a brief application period I treated it with aloe vera gel cream. The horse continued frolicking about, which repeatedly resulted in the bleeding of the wound. Despite this, the proud flesh had reduced in size after a mere week. During the three weeks of treatment with aloe vera, a large growing wound became a small unremarkable wound. I am convinced that this injury will no longer be visible by the time the Christmas season starts up.

    I am fully convinced that the aloe vera plant is a great healer, not least due to the fact that I have also received great help from it.

    18.11.03 Back to top
  • Open wounds

    Kornelia B

    Experience with aloe vera products in horses

    I would like to report the positive effect of the external application of aloe vera gel to my horse.

    In the summer of 2002, while transporting my horse Smoky in the horse trailer she rubbed a good part of her dock sore. We immediately treated the wound with aloe vera gel. The wound healed very quickly and her tail hairs rapidly regrew.

    Today I frequently use aloe vera spray for small wounds or for skincare.

    In the summer of 2003 I noticed a parasite-repellent effect. I sprayed conventional fly spray onto one half of my horse and aloe vera spray onto the other. Both sides of the horse features round about the same minute amount of horseflies. As I also use the spray, flies largely avoided me.

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  • Summer manage

    Alke B.

    I have a New Forest pony gelding of about 28 years who suffers from severe summer mange, which means that he completely rubs away his coat, mane and tail in the area of the crest and croup. He rubs until he develops open/bleeding sores (similar to atopic dermatitis in humans). Additionally, this pony has become accustomed to flee from the blackflies that seem to be the cause of the itch (this may, however, also be a mental issue, not proven, so that he is constantly in motion (“does his laps”) during the early morning and evening hours and consequently does not manage to eat or rest properly.

    As these symptoms naturally have a strong impact on the pony’s general condition we had tried various cures and applications. But no matter what we tried, be it under the supervision of our vet or suggestions provided by other horse owners, nothing helped for very long, if at all. And so far, there was no cure for his constant “running of laps”, in particular.

    This year I heard of the effect aloe vera is said to have and I decided to try it. I applied aloe vera spray on my gelding large-scale once a day and rubbed a bit into his coat. Within three days the open sores were covered with skin. But this is an effect other cures had also had.

    The actual surprise occurred after I had continued to use the aloe vera spray once daily: within a further week, his coat started regrowing on the bald areas, which the gelding did not rub off!!! Also, he increasingly ran fewer laps so that the pony became a bit calmer and his overall health/appearance improved significantly.

    Since starting the application of aloe vera spray the pony has stopped rubbing itself, the regrown coat is strong and has a beautiful sheen and the entire pony seems to be happier. This effect has continued, even after discontinuing the use of the spray at the beginning of autumn.

    The effects of the aloe vera spray that I was able to witness really excited me and won me over; next year I will start using the spray in spring so that my pony does not develop an itch and sores in the first place and so that it does not start running laps again.

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  • Vitality

    Martina A.

    Experience with aloe vera in pedigree pigeons

    I have been actively breeding pedigree pigeons since 1975 and am the current German champion for Rheinische Ringschläger (a breed of pigeons) within the German Association of Pedigree Pigeon Breeders. I had to suspend this beautiful hobby for several years for job-related reasons. Throughout this period I have tried countless drugs and supplements to boost the vitality and health of my pigeons during the stressful breeding and exhibition season. When I was given the tip to try aloe vera - at the beginning of this year - I was sceptical, as I believed to have meanwhile found the best, if not cheapest, combination of supplements.

    I was very surprised at their unrestricted acceptance of aloe vera gel as a supplement via their drinking water, as pigeons are very picky in this regard. Following their regular intake I noticed that I could do without any further supplements to their balanced diet. The use of aloe vera gel is also far more reasonably priced.

    My pigeons are energetic, strong breeding and strong performing. Their feathering is full and glossy. The trough is free from residue. In short, I am delighted.

    My observations have since been confirmed by several other breeders of pedigree pigeons who also trialled aloe vera gel with their pigeons, based on my experience.

    28.10.03 Back to top