Use Marshmallow Root to Improve Dog Bladder Health

Use Marshmallow Root to Improve Dog Bladder Health

Marshmallow Root Helps Dog Bladder Challenges

Marshmallow root is an amazing natural tool for helping dog bladder challenges.

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.

A urinary tract infection might cause these symptoms, or something more serious such as:

  • Kidney failure
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • 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 have an increased risk for E. coli-related bacterial UTIs.

A holistic vet who practices Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) may recommend a supplement containing marshmallow root in addition to traditional treatment.

What is Marshmallow Root?

The Greek name for marshmallow root is Althea, which means “to heal.”

Don’t confuse marshmallow root with the marshmallows we see in the grocery store!

They no longer contain the plant. The 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 is also used to treat asthma and blood sugar management for diabetics.

The plant can be applied topically for:

  • Abscesses
  • Insect bites
  • Burns
  • Chapped lips
  • Skin ulcers
  • Detangling hair

Why is Marshmallow 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 also acts as a diuretic, increasing the flow of urine.

The plant helps minimize discomfort associated with kidney stones.

Marshmallow 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. Use with caution in diabetic animals.

Marshmallow may also slow the intestinal absorption of some drugs.

Science has not proven whether or not marshmallow is safe for pregnant or nursing animals.

Use only as directed by your veterinarian. Responses to supplements may vary by animal.

How to Use Marshmallow with Other Herbs and Compounds

Marshmallow’s benefits are best when combined with other compounds.

For example, a supplement including Cranberry juice extract, Juniper Berry, Marshmallow Root, and Uva Ursi would most effectively help your pup.

Seeking an all natural supplement to help your dog’s bladder challenges?

Other Powerful Tools to Help Your Dog’s Urinary Tract & Bladder Challenges

There are many quick and easy changes you can make at home to help you give your dog an edge on easing urinary tract challenges.

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