Slippery elm is an ancient herb that has been touted to help with diarrhea.
Its mucilage content coats, soothes, and lubricates the mucus membranes lining the digestive tract.
- You can feed it to your dog when they have diarrhea.
- Typically it will work between one and three days.
- It also slows down digestion so if your dog is on medication, then you need to feed slippery elm 1 to 2 hours prior to giving their medication.
- Causes swollen tissues to contract.
As with all home remedies, please be sure to know the difference between when it’s applicable to treat at home or call your vet. If your dog still has diarrhea after 3 days, call your vet.
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Where To Buy Slippery Elm
You can buy slippery elm at healthy grocery stores, health stores, or Amazon. I love the brand from Starwest Organics.
Have you used slippery elm before?
If my own dogs have an upset stomach I will feed this and also increase bone content the next meal to firm up stool.
What Kind Of Fiber Is Slippery Elm?
Slippery elm is a soluble fiber. Its fermentation produces short-chain fatty acids such as butyric acid or butyrate.
Butyric acid is fuel for the cells of the large intestine making it an essential factor in creating healthy cells of the colon and for maintaining cellular integrity.
It binds the water in the digestive tract which is why it helps with watery diarrhea.
To learn more about fiber in your dog’s diet click HERE.
How To Make Slippery Elm For Your Dog
A natural way to firm up your dog's stool
Combine the slippery elm bark powder with very warm water and stir until it thickens
You can feed one teaspoon with your dog's food for every 20 pounds they weigh. If they have severe diarrhea you can feed it every two to three hours.