Slippery Elm Treatment
If your dog or cat is experiencing intestinal upsets — diarrhea, vomiting, mucous or blood in the stools, soft stools, gassiness, rumbling sounds in the belly, or pain after eating ‑ an herbal treatment with Slippery Elm is often very soothing to the lining of the bowels.
Derived from the inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree, this powder coats the inflamed membranes, helps to relieve irritation, and generally accelerates healing. Sometimes it is enough by itself to solve the problem, especially if the condition is acute and self‑limiting. For more chronic problems, other treatment (such as homeopathic) may also be necessary.
Slippery Elm treatment is very safe to use, will not cause side effects, and can be used for long periods of time without a problem. It does not cause or contribute to constipation. Also, it can be used during homeopathic treatment without any interference.
Making the Slippery Elm Preparation
Add 1 slightly rounded teaspoon of Slippery Elm Powder to 1 cup of pure (distilled or spring) water. Add to cold water; mix well to remove all the lumps. Then bring the mixture to a boll on the stove ‑ stirring constantly the entire time. After it reaches a boil, turn down the heat to simmer and stir a couple more minutes until the mixture thickens slightly ‑ becoming more gelatinous. Then take it off the heat.
At this point, if you will be treating a dog, add 1 tablespoon of honey and then allow it to cool. For a cat, omit the honey and just allow it to cool. Refrigerate unused portions.
Dosage for a Cat: Give 2 cc (1/2 teaspoon) 3‑4 times a day as long as there are intestinal symptoms. It can be added to the food if the cat is eating normally. (There is not much taste to it.)
Dosage for a Dog: Small dogs get 1 teaspoon; medium sized dogs 1 tablespoon, and large dogs 2‑4 tablespoons. Add this amount to the food, or give from a spoon, three to four times a day. Continue treatment until there are no more intestinal symptoms.