Tip of the Week

Slippery Elm is possibly the best-kept secret for soothing upset tummies, the cartoonish-sounding slippery elm is a native North American tree.  Its inner bark contains mucilage, which coats and soothes the gastrointestinal tract.

Most commonly available in pill and tincture form, slippery elm is a safe herb if your dog is experiencing diarrhea or an upset stomach.  A gentle but effective digestive aid, it may also help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions.

The bad news: Increasing demand, overharvesting, and the species’ own susceptibility to Dutch elm disease have put the slippery-elm tree into a precarious ecological position.

*Information taken from AKC family dog magazine, July/August 2010 issue.  Always consult your veterinarian .

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