How do you know if your dog has bladder issues?
Look for these signs:
- Accidents in the house
- Urine is dark and cloudy or shows blood
- Straining to urinate or unable to pass urine
- Drinking more water than usual
- Licking his or her urinary openings
- Lethargic, vomiting or won’t eat
Take your dog to the vet if he or she experiences these symptoms.
These symptoms could be caused by a urinary tract infection or something more serious such as:
- Kidney failure
- Cushing’s disease
- Bladder tumor
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Non-infectious bladder inflammation (sterile cystitis)
- A “foreign body”
Additionally, dogs with Cushing’s disease repeatedly treated with steroids or catheterized dogs are at an increased risk for E. coli-related bacterial UTIs.
What is Marshmallow Root?
The Greek name for marshmallow root is Althea, which means “to heal.”
Not to be confused with the marshmallows we see in the grocery store, which no longer contain the plant, Greek physician Hippocrates used marshmallow root to heal wounds.
In the Middle Ages, physicians administered the sap of the plant in a tea to soothe colds and sore throats.
Marshmallow root is also used to treat asthma and blood sugar management for diabetics.
The plant can be applied topically for:
- Insect bites
- Chapped lips
- Skin ulcers
- Detangling hair
Why is Marshmallow Root Beneficial for Soothing Dog Bladders?
Marshmallow root is an antimicrobial, demulcent, emollient, hypoglycemic and immunostimulant.
Demulcents form a soothing film over a mucous membrane.
According to one study, the demulcent property of marshmallow root soothes membranes.
Mature marshmallow roots contain as much as 35% mucilage, a gelatinous solution from plant roots, making it useful for treating internal mucous membranes.
The mucilage provides a protective barrier between membranes, such as the lining of the bladder, and irritants.
Marshmallow root also acts as a diuretic, increasing the flow of urine.
The plant helps minimize discomfort associated with kidney stones.
Marshmallow root is beneficial when combined with other diuretic herbs for kidney treatments or urinary problems.
Does Marshmallow Root Have Side Effects?
Marshmallow root can lower blood sugar levels and should be used with caution in diabetic animals.
Marshmallow root may also slow the intestinal absorption of some drugs.
Safety for pregnant or nursing animals is not proven.
Use only as directed by your veterinarian. Responses to supplements may vary by animal.
How to Use Marshmallow Root with Other Herbs and Compounds
Marshmallow root’s benefits are best when combined with other compounds.
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