Possible Alternative to Antibiotics to Manage SID
Although in the past, all we knew how to control SID was via antibiotics and even today, sometimes that is still the best we can do, however, through recent multiple small intestinal dysbiosis research, new ideas are evolving on how to better manage SID and maybe not have to always resort to antibiotics.
What appears to work often (although not in every single situation) is to try using Slippery Elm powder. Slippery Elm is a natural herbal powder taken from the inner bark of the American Elm Tree. It is a mucilage, and has Butyrate, a SCFA (short chain fatty acid) that is known as one of the 3 main SCFAs that combats SID.
Currently Epi4Dogs has done a mini-study with Texas A&M Gastrointestinal Lab with Slippery Elm and EPI dogs in an effort to hopefully understand why it appears to work with so many of our dogs, but then again, not all. Once we have the results, we will post here.
In the meantime, if you are interested in trying Slippery Elm powder to stop the loose stools, please go to the Slippery Elm page for more detailed information and dosing instructions…
A little about Butyrate: