What do you all know or have heard about the use of Aloe Vera Juice (drinking type juice) being used to treat (more as maintenance or preventative medicine) ulcers? A vet recommended it and I found a little information, but I was wondering what you all thought. What about dose? I have only heard from one person that she gives 4 ounces am & pm on feed.It sounds like a great idea and hopefully it works because I was able to find it for less then $6 (US) a gallon. Better then gastroguard prices, huh?
I don't know whether or not you can use aloe juice in horses, but I do know that I take aloe juice for my own gastritis (which is inflammation of the stomach but not a full-blown ulcer) and it works wonderfully. Relief within seconds of drinking it. For me, it works better as a "feeling symptoms now, must drink it now" kind of a thing. It doesn't hurt to take it daily I suppose... Also, I know for humans (and I'm assuming this applies to horses too) you want to buy whole-leaf aloe. The aloe juice that isn't whole leaf doesn't work as well. And of course you want to make sure it's organic and 99.9% pure. What I have heard of being used in horses who have ulcers is clay. Yep, clay. Helps coat the digestive tract where its inflamed. Bentonite clay is a special clay that is meant to be ingested. I don't know specific dose, just know the horse gets it twice daily, mixed up with grain. Other herbs that are good for ulcers or stomach inflammation etc. include slippery elm and marshmallow root. They are mucilaginous, meaning when they get wet they sort of turn slimy and gooey, which helps coat the irritated tissues. All cheaper than ulcer guard. It also occurs to me that regular grain may be hard on the stomach of a horse with irritation. I think mushier stuff may be used sometimes in place of grain while the horse heals???Hope something in there is helpful...
Marshmallow root is some good stuff, and I imagine with peppermint's natural ability to calm stomachs & acid reflux, some MR with a hint of peppermint would be a good 'pepto bismol'.
peppermint has an active constituent that numbs the walls of the stomach by making it relax, thereby relieving nausea very effectively. However, peppermint is actually somewhat harsh on the stomach if there is an inflammatory condition. Should probably be avoided in a horse with possible tendency towards ulcers...good for humans though! :-)(and no, contrary to how it may appear I am not a huge know-it-all...I just happen to have been diagnosed with an ulcer last year so I had to study up on ulcers in particular...and a horse at my barn had an ulcer...so...)
There are countless uses for aloe vera, and investigations by veterinary professionals have shown that aloe vera is effective in the treatment of a large range of skin problems, joint problems and internal disorders in equines.
Many trainers and riders now give aloe vera to their horses as a dietary supplement, significantly enhancing their stamina and performance, and reducing competitive stress and post-event fatigue.
We use a mixture called aloe vera freedom to prevent joint problems and wear and tear.
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i have seen it used with decent results for stomach upset in horses :)where did you find it for that cheap though?!?!
Sam's Club in the pharmacy section. It was a local brand (grown locally according to the label). I have not tried it yet, but it really intrigued me and I am curious to learn more.