Symptoms of Diarrhea
- Your dog is either standing at the door anxiously, or anxiously trying to get your attention to let them outdoors at a time when they would normally not be asking;
- Your dog starts to ask to go out multiple times (to eliminate) within the space of an hour or several hours;
- In either case let your dog out and watch what he/she does;
- If he/she eliminates take a quick look to see if his/her stool is normal (firm, brown) or loose;
- Your dog or cat is straining to eliminate – although this may be a result of constipation, it is often also a result of repeated bouts of diarrhea;
- Diarrhea causes disruption of normal muscle contractions in the GI tract…thereby giving the sensation that elimination is required even when there is nothing left in the GI tract to eliminate;
- Other symptoms include:
- Lack of appetite;
If the diarrhea lasts more than 24 hours and over 3 days, if you see blood in the stool, fever, sluggishness, or weakness, you should go to the Vet immediately.
- Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) has been used as an herbal remedy for centuries. It is used in healing salves to treat: boils, burns, skin inflammation and ulcers. It is also used as an oral mendicant to relieve coughs, sore throats, diarrhea, and stomach problems.
- Slippery Elm contains mucilage. Mucilage is a substance that when mixed with water, turns into a lubricating gel. It works to coat and sooth the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. It also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammation. In addition, Slippery Elm triggers reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the GI tract, thereby promoting increased mucus secretion. This helps protect the GI Tract against excess acidity and ulcers.
- Slippery Elm powder is available at most health food stores and through on-line herbal suppliers.If you are in Vancouver, BC, you can find the this at Finlandia Pharmacy.
- One – Mix it With the Pumpkin/Poultry Food
- The dosage is ½ tsp of slippery elm bark powder for every 10lbs of body weight – just mix the slippery elm powder with the dog’s pumpkin/poultry food.
- Two – Make a Liquid Infusion
- If you want to make a liquid infusion to administer to your cat or dog via a dropper or syringe…
- Combine one teaspoon of slippery elm powder with one cup of cold water;
- Bring the mixture to a boil and stir;
- Turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 minutes;
- Remove from heat;
- Allow the liquid to cool to room temperature;
- Administer the Slippery Elm infusion to your dog or cat 4 times per day using the following dosage for each treatment:
- Small dogs – 1 teaspoon, four times a day
- Medium dogs – 1 to 2 tablespoons four times a day
- Large dogs – 3 to 4 tablespoons four times a day
Using Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is soothing, healing and relaxing to both the digestive and nervous system. Chamomile would particularly be indicated if your dog’s diarrhea is due to stress and anxiety, and if there is accompanying abdominal discomfort and gas. Make a strong brew using two (organic) teabags, or a teaspoon loose leaf. Pour half cup of boiling water, cover and seep for 10 minutes. Once it has cooled and is just warm, you many add a little manuka honey to sweeten and taste.
Since it is Summer already, I highly recommend making frozen herb cubes for your dog. You can do this by blending pumpkin puree with slippery elm and 1 teaspoon of chamomile tea together, scooping them into an ice cube tray, and placing it in the freezer for 1-2hrs. You will have portion ready treatments that combines both the healing foods and soothing liquid in one format.
This will help your dog cool down while providing healing at the same time. If they are too weak to chew, they will benefit as they only need to lick the herb cubes.