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Marshmallow Root for Pets

Herbs For Pets 3 min read
A person is feeding their dog a supplement from a dropper.

Today’s white fluffy marshmallows have little in common with its namesake. Marshmallow is actually a plant that can be found in damp swamps and marshes all around the world, and the root of the plant is often used in traditional herbalism. Most importantly, holistic vets are now recognizing it as one of the many herbs that are safe for pets, and many of these vets are specifically using marshmallow root for pets with bladder, tummy, or throat and mouth concerns.


The marshmallow plant, scientific name Althaea officinalis, grows all around Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Northern Africa.

It has been used for centuries in herbalism. In fact, Althea officinalis is from the Greek word, “althainein,” which means to heal.

The ancient Egyptians (who not unlike us worship cats) were some of the first to use this starchy plant as a medicinal herb. Later in the 1800s, French candy makers would combine marshmallow sap with sugar and egg whites to create a treat for sore throats.


The key to marshmallow’s healing properties is its high mucilage content. Up to 35% of the marshmallow root is made up of this thick, gooey substance which can coat the mouth, throat, stomach, and gut in a soothing layer.

This quality makes marshmallow part of the demulcent herb category. Demulcent herbs are excellent at healing the mucous membranes, which are the delicate tissues found in those parts of the body.

Because it contains antioxidants, the marshmallow plant may also be helpful for gut conditions caused by inflammation, like gastritis, colitis, or ulcers.


Because Marshmallow root has so many benefits, our vets have added it to quite a few of our formulas. We particularly love it for pets with tummy troubles or irritated internal tissues in delicate areas.

  1. Tripsy: Our go-to for urinary tract, kidney, and bladder problems. In this vet-made formula, marshmallow root has been added as an anti-inflammatory that soothes and softens irritated tissues. 

  2. TumFlora: For fur-kiddos having digestive troubles, like pet Inflammatory Bowel Disease, marshmallow root can coat and calm the gut.  

  3. Resp-Aid: When coughs and sniffles are affecting your pet, marshmallow root can help ease chest and nose congestion.


While ancient peoples long knew the restorative value of the marshmallow root, science is just starting to recognize its use as an over-the-counter ingredient. This is especially true for holistic pet wellness, where it is growing in popularity.

Remember, the dosage and quality of the herbal ingredient are crucial for safety and efficacy. We advise against using any herb without proper guidance and under the supervision of your pet’s veterinary team. NHV formulas are meticulously researched and made in a GMP-certified facility using only the highest quality organic or ethically harvested herbs. Each formulation was expertly developed by a holistic veterinarian and a master herbalist with a combined 50 years of experience in plant-based remedies. Through dedication and research, NHV formulations are safe and effective in extracting the medicinal properties of the herb through a patented process.

Got questions about the magical marshmallow root or how we incorporate it into our formulas? Reach out to our Pet Experts for uses, tips, and more – we love to help pets, naturally!

NHV Pet Experts

NHV Pet Experts

We have a dedicated group of pet expert professionals, including veterinarians, vet techs, and other pet professionals to guide you through any questions. We’re committed to your pet’s wellness and can offer additional tips, resources, nutritional advice, and more.

Published: May 21, 2024

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