Frequently (and not so frequently) Asked Questions
BRIEF: Is Aloe Vera toxic to rabbits?
I am reading on a mailinglist that Aloe Vera would be toxic (to rabbits) as it would contain saponis. I checked on your pages, but cannot find evidence. Can you enlighten me here?
Aloe is soothing to place on an external sore, but despite its use in old time human medicine as a carthartic and abortifacient, there is no reason to take it internally and it can cause a lot of damage. It has saponin-like glycosides that break down to anthraquinones (Fuller and McClintock 1986 p280) .