Slippery Elm for Cats
- Inflammation in the digestive tract, diarrhea, vomiting
- Conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease
- Inflammation of the respiratory tract, cough (as a tea)
- Conditions such as collapsing trachea and kennel cough
- Purchase capsules and open to fill a teaspoon (this will require about 4 to 5 400-500 mg capsules). Loose herbs are mostly available online.
- Add 1 level tablespoon slippery elm to 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
- Heat to a low boil while stirring.
- Turn heat down and simmer for 5 minutes until the mixture thickens.
- Remove from heat and cool.
- For dogs add tsp of honey. Do not add honey for cats.
- Keep in refrigerator.
- Slippery elm should be given at least 2 hours from the time of any other medications as it may decrease the absorption of these medications by coating the digestive tract.
- If diarrhea persists despite a day of treatment, you should contact your veterinarian
Note: Although slippery elm is very safe, you should let your veterinarian know if your cat is having moderate to severe diarrhea and especially if vomiting is present and seek their immediate advice for next steps. Further diagnostics (such as a fecal parasite exam) and/or treatments may be necessary.