Psyllium Plantago psyllium and P ovata Plantain
Part used - leaves and seeds for the mucilage components
Mucilage, cholinergic, Demulcent. Sweet cold clears heat
Uses historically and Research
Psyllium Husk has been shown to increase faecal mass by up to 100% by retaining water in the stool and it has long been used for constipation and diarrhoea. Bile acid secretion is increased. It is mail used for its high dietary fibre content in the husk of the seeds
Possible Veterinary Indications
Veterinarians often recommend psyllium for dogs to treat digestion issues including constipation and very runny diarrhoea. In some cases, it can also help dogs suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
Its dietary fibre works by absorbing water in the intestine and helping the animal poop on a more regular schedule.
The psyllium husks expand when they come into contact with water (in the food or in the digestive tract), which forms a sort of gelatinous mass. If a stool is too loose, then the product helps to absorb some of the moisture in order to help create a healthier stool. In case of constipation, the product helps the bowel to contract, providing more volume to the stool. The stool will also become softer so that there is a reduced chance of irritation of the anus.
Besides providing a healthier stool, Psyllium may also help related intestinal irritation. Scientific studies show that hairballs in the stomachs of cats (and possibly dogs) can be removed naturally with the aid of Psyllium. Adding Psyllium can promotes a healthy bowel function.
Drug interactions: none proven but consult your veterinarian if medically dosing as with all herbs
Suggested Feeding Amounts
Optimally give twice daily:
Dogs and cats < 10 kg, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon twice daily
• Dogs 10-25 kg, 1 - 2 teaspoons twice daily
• Dogs > 25 kg, 1.5 to 2 scoops twice daily
1/2 teaspoon per 5kg of body weight twice a day
Veterinary Herbal Medicine Wynn and Fougere
other references available