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Slippery Elm – Nature’s Wonder for the Digestive System

Posted on: March 08, 2012 by Global Pet Foods HRM

One of the most common issues pet owners deal with is an animal with an upset stomach.  Everyone knows right away if their dog or cat has diarrhea because we’re the ones who have to try to clean it up.  This is particularly not fun if you’re out walking your dog and have to try to clean the mess up with a poop bag……

For some animals this is simply an occasional occurrence, like whenever they’re able to get into the garbage/compost/fill in the blank with the crazy things your pet has managed to eat.  For other animals though having an upset stomach is an every day battle.  Many animals have a sensitive digestive tract, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, or other conditions that cause continual problems.  There are many ways to treat diahhrea in your pet, including feeding pumpkin or adding a probiotic to their diet.  But there is also a fantastic supplement called Slippery Elm Bark Powder that works wonders on an irritated digestive tract.   Slippery Elm comes from the inner bark of the slippery elm tree, commonly found in the northern US and southern Quebec.  Slippery Elm acts by coating, soothing and lubricating the mucus membrane lining of the entire digestive tract.  It reduces bowel transit time, absorbs toxins from the bowel and increases fecal bulk and beneficial bacteria.  It also contains antioxidants to help relieve inflammation in the bowel, which is important for conditions such as Crohns, IBS, and colitis.

On top of reducing inflammation and soothing the digestive tract, Slippery Elm has many other benefits as well.  It contains many nutrients and is beneficial for recuperating pets, especially those that may be having a hard time keeping their food down.  The anti-inflammatory action works on any mucus membrane, including the lungs, kidney, bladder, throat and joints.  It can even be used externally as a natural bandage.  When mixed with water, Slippery Elm becomes a gel because it contains mucilage.  This gel can be used topically to treat hot spots, burns, rashes, scrapes, and minor wounds (it will stop bleeding).  Slippery Elm is also good for cats with cystitis (bladder inflammation) as it soothes the bladder lining and provides pain relief, but is not recommended for use when a bacterial bladder infection is present. 

Slippery Elm is easy to use and is suitable for dogs, cats, horses, and even birds!  Use it to treat diahhrea or constipation, ulcers, gastritis, vomiting, as well as any other digestive troubles.  It is a very safe and non-toxic herb.  Do you think the benefits of Slippery Elm could help your pet?  Feel free to come in a talk to one of our staff about Carnivora Slippery Elm Bark Powder!