Digestive Upsets in Macropods and Possums

Some Treatment options

Saccharomyces boulardii.

SB Probiotic

If diarrhoea has only just commenced and there is no smell associated
with it, I recommend a product called  SB Pro: a biotherapeutic supplement featuring
Saccharomyces boulardii – a clinically proven agent that competitively inhibits Candida albicans and stimulates secretory IgA production. Saccharomyces boulardii is a non-colonising yeast specieswhich is not related to the Candida spp. SB quickly establishes itself in the gastrointestinal tract. On cessation of therapy it is no longer detectable after 2-4 days. SB produces lactic acid and B vitamins,
and as it becomes established, crowds out unfriendly strains of yeast. When given along with probiotic bacteria such as protexin, SB provides a symbiotic treatment regime for the gastrointestinal tract xix

Bentonite for treating diarrhoea in mammals


Bentonite is not a mineral but a commercial name for montmorillonite, the active mineral in many medicinal clays which come from weathered volcanic ash. This name derives from Montmorillon, France, where the medicinal mineral was first identified. Sometimes mineralogists also use the termsmectite.
A VOLCANIC DETOXIFIER – Bentonite, a medicinal powdered clay is one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents available and has been recognized as such for centuries by nativepeoples around the world. Liquid clay contains minerals that, once inside the gastrointestinal tract,are able to absorb toxins and deliver mineral nutrients to an impressive degree. Liquid clay is inertwhich means it passes through the body undigested.
A medicinal study by Frederic Damrau, M.D., in 1961 (Medical Annals of the District of Columbia)
established clearly that bentonite can end bouts of diarrhoea. When 35 individuals (average age 51)
suffering from diarrhoea took two tablespoons of bentonite in distilled water daily, the diarrhoea
was relieved in 97% of the patients in 3.8 days, regardless of the original cause of the problem (allergies, virus infection, spastic colitis, or food poisoning). According to Dr. Damrau, bentonite is “safe and highly effective” in treating acute diarrhoea.
Technically, the clay first adsorbs toxins (heavy metals, free radicals, pesticides), attracting them to its extensive surface area where they adhere like flies to sticky paper; it then absorbs the toxins, taking them in the way a sponge mops up a kitchen counter mess.

Instructions for use:

Mix 1 tsp in a cup of hot water and let steep for 5 minutes. The grey water on top is what you want
and you add 1 to 5ml per 100ml milk formula depending on severity of diarrhoea.

Charcoal powder.


Can be added to milk formula just before feeding to calm the stomach and remove

Slippery elm powder

for inflammatory conditions of the digestive system, including diarrhoea. This herb
puts a soothing coat on inflamed mucous membranes from mouth to anus. It can also be made intoa paste and can also be used for bites, boils, abscesses, and ulcers.


Chamomile can be given as a tea for an inflamed digestive system. You can make an infusion and usethis water to make up milk formula.

Herbal Formulas

For the past 15 years or so I have been formulating and prescribing herbal formulas for digestive upsets for wildlife in care.
For more information please e-mail me at anmacropod@bigpond.com or call 02 66888197.  If you are interested in reading more then follow the link to the paper I presented at the Australian Wildlife Conference https://www.awrc.org.au/uploads/5/8/6/6/5866843/10_dineen_herbal_medicine.pdf