How Neem Maybe Useful For Your Animals Health

Is Neem The Natural Way To Help Your Horse, Dog or Livestock's Health?

What is Neem?

Neem is a tree, and a member of the mahogany family, Meliaceae. It’s mainly cultivated in the Indian subcontinent. As a tree it’s a fast grower, and in 3 years can grow to 20 feet in height from seed planting, and thrives in areas of extreme heat.

Extracts from its bark, flowers and fruits are used to prepare a variety of remedies.

Top Reasons For Neem As Healthcare?

Neem has been used by humans for thousands of years. And is known for its pesticidal and insecticidal properties. These pesticidal properties have been reputed for both both people and animals.

Neem is thought to be a strong antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that may influence the development of some conditions. It is also a strong anti-inflammatory agent. Read on for more information on veterinary research looking at its benefits.

Using Neem With Animal Health?

Due to its pest repellent properties, some manufacturers add neem to animal shampoos to repel ticks and fleas. They may also add it to cattle feed or grain to repel pests and parasites.

Here’s some veterinary research findings into using Neem with animals

  • "The present results indicate that Sumaq 5% and Neem seed extract are effective alternative treatment for dermatophytosis in Arabian horses." Sayed-Ahmed, M.Z., Ahdy, A.M., Younis, E.E. et al. Comparative effectiveness of Sumaq and Neem extract cream, Eniloconazole and glycerine iodine on dermatophytosis in Arabian horses: a randomized clinical trial. Trop Anim Health Prod 51, 905–910 (2019).
  • Survey of UK horse owners’ knowledge of equine arboviruses and disease vectors. Chapman, G.E., Baylis, M. and Archer, D.C. (2018), Survey of UK horse owners’ knowledge of equine arboviruses and disease vectors. Veterinary Record, 183: 159-159.\
  • "This repellency effect was noted to last for up to 7 days if the horses were not washed." Al-Quraishy, S., Abdel-Ghaffar, F., Al-Rasheid, K.A.S. et al. Observations on effects of a neem seed extract (MiteStop®) on biting lice (mallophages) and bloodsucking insects parasitizing horses. Parasitol Res 110, 335–339 (2012).

  • The prevalence of Gasterophilus intestinalis (Diptera: Oestridae) in donkeys (Equus asinus) in Egypt with special reference to larvicidal effects of neem seed oil extract (Azadirachta indica) on third stage larvae. Open Veterinary Journal, 2018


  • "Neem leaf extracts exhibited bactericidal effect against Multi-Drug Resistance pathogenic bacteria of poultry." Ali, E, Islam, MS, Hossen, MI, Khatun, MM, Islam, MA. Extract of neem (Azadirachta indica) leaf exhibits bactericidal effect against multidrug resistant pathogenic bacteria of poultry. Vet Med Sci. 2021; 00: 1921– 1927.
  • "It can be concluded that 5% neem extract has a repellent and tick effect in cattle for at least 42 days." Albarrán-Rodríguez, E. , Del Real Quezada, P. , Rosales Cortés, M. , Rodríguez, G. , Delgado, L. , Cano, G. and Cruz Alba, H. (2019) Effect of a 5% Neem Solution on the Presence of Ticks in Cattle in Two Locations in Jalisco, Mexico. Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 9, 185-193. doi: 10.4236/ojvm.2019.912016.
  • Effect of Neem and Tamarind Leaves as Anthelmintic in Cattle. Atikur Rahaman, Syed Ali Azmal, Shiekh M. A. Matin, Nazmul Haque, Md. Ruhul Amin, Md. Ahsanul Kabir, Effect of Neem and Tamarind Leaves as Anthelmintic in Cattle, Journal of Diseases and Medicinal Plants. Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2022 , pp. 13-15. doi: 10.11648/j.jdmp.20220801.12

Other Research Considering Neem For Animal Healthcare

Role of Neem in Animal Health - World Neem Conference 2012

Like to know if Neem will help your horse, dog, or other animal? Then please speak to your veterinary surgeon for advice!

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