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 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.

What have you successfully used for your dog’s digestive problems?

{ 2 comments }

Katie, Maizey and Magnus January 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Thanks for the tip on slippery elm, we’re looking into it more! You won an award on my blog this week, hope you enjoy!

Kathy Garland January 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Thanks Katie. Sorry for the delayed response. Your comment ended up in my spam area for some reason. Thank-you so much for the award! You rock!
Cheers, Kathy and Teko

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