Slippery Elm Bark for Your Dog’s Digestion

by K. Garland

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Does this dog have a stomach ache?

When my dog was a puppy, he had the occasional stomach upset, including diarrhea and constipation. It was at that time, my vet introduced me to the herb Slippery Elm Bark.

Slippery Elm Bark powder provides a natural, non-toxic way to address digestive issues for both you and your dog.

Slippery Elm contains musilage, which is a substance that turns into a slick gel when mixed with water. This allows it to coat, soothe, and lubricate the lining of the digestive tract. It also stimulates nerve endings in the intestinal tract to encourage mucous secretion, which protects the lining from increased acidity. In addition to mild stomach problems, Slippery Elm has been used to treat colitis, gastritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions.

Inflammation in the lungs, kidneys, bladder,  throat, and joints can benefit from this herb. In the past, I have used slippery elm lozenges for my own sore throat and cough.

The powder can be mixed with cold water to make a paste to give to your dog before a meal, or you can add it directly to the food.

Slippery Elm Bark powder mixed with water can be used as a poultice to treat insect bites and wounds, which would make this herb a great addition to your pet’s first aid kit.  Native Americans used to apply Slippery Elm as a salve on burns, boils, and other skin inflammations.

Carnivora provides a helpful detailed description of Slippery Elm Bark as well as an explanation of dosage and how to administer the herb to your dog.

Naturally Healthy Dogs features a Spotlight on Slippery Elm for a look at the characteristics and uses for this medicinal herb.