What is it?
Tree bark powder is exactly what it sounds like: the powdered form of tree bark. It's often made by grinding dried tree bark into a fine powder. Depending on the tree species, the bark powder can have various uses and benefits.
Some tree barks, like willow bark, contain compounds similar to aspirin and have been used historically for pain relief. Others may be used in traditional medicine or herbal remedies for their potential health properties.
What is it used for in dogs?
Joint Pain Relief: Some tree bark powders, like willow bark, which contains salicin (similar to aspirin), might be used for dogs experiencing joint pain or arthritis. However, dosages and suitability need to be carefully evaluated to ensure safety for dogs.
Digestive Support: Certain tree bark powders, such as slippery elm bark powder, have been used to soothe digestive issues in dogs. It might help with conditions like upset stomach, diarrhoea, or other gastrointestinal discomforts.
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory: Tree bark powders with antioxidant or anti-inflammatory properties could potentially benefit dogs with certain health conditions. For instance, pine bark extract, known for its antioxidants, might be used to support cardiovascular health or as an anti-inflammatory aid.
Skin Health: In some cases, specific tree bark extracts or powders might be used topically to help with skin conditions in dogs, although this should be done under veterinary guidance to avoid any adverse reactions.
What are the ingredients in Dorwest's product?
- Finely powdered slippery elm bark (50%), marshmallow root (40%) and white poplar bark (10%)
Does it work?
It depends on many factors, such as your dog's condition, how acute it is and so on. However, as nutrition experts we use it all the time. Us humans can also take it, as it protects your stomach if you've had a dodgy stomach.