|Barked: Mon Apr 27, '09 7:11pm PST |
Your dog most likely had stomach difficulties due to the grains in the kibble that he was eating. If your dog has a food intolerance, slippery elm will not solve that problem. When you switched to raw and eliminated the grains in the diet, his stomach issues resolved themselves, as you found out. Not everything that is plant based is bad for our dogs, it is typically grains that are the problem. Slippery elm is a natural, safe way to soothe a dog's intestinal tract when there is some sort of gastro-intestinal distress. Let's say your dog gets into the garbage or eats something nasty on walk (fairly common doggie things) and develops diarrhea. Slippery elm works very well in these situations. It also works well for stress related diarrhea. I would not give this (or any supplement) as a long term solution to a digestive problem. Long term, or frequent problems should not just have the symptoms treated, but the root of the problem should be addressed. Jessica, I think this is what you are getting at, right? Find the root of the problem first. That is perfect advise for an ongoing problem, but slippery elm can safely be used for minor, temporary intestinal problems.
Edited by author Mon Apr 27, '09 7:16pm PST
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