Slippery Elm for Dogs
What is Slippery Elm? Slippery elm soothes inflammation and irritation in the digestive and respiratory tract. It serves as a demulcent which means it creates a protective film on the mucus membranes and has a beneficial effect on the microbiome.
- 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 four to 5 400-500 mg capsules). Loose herbs are primarily available online.
- Add 1 level tablespoon slippery elm to 1 cup water in a small saucepan.
- Heat to a low boil while stirring.
- Turn the 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.
- Small dogs (less than 25 pounds): 1/2 to 1 TSP (2.5 to 5 mls) every 8 to 12 hours. Can be given by mouth or added to food.
- Medium dogs (40-75 pounds): 2 TSP (10 mls ) every 8 to 12 hours. Can be given by mouth or added to food.
- Large dogs (75+ pounds): 2 TSP to 2 TBSP (10 mls to 1 ounce) every 8 to 12 hours. For large dogs it may be easier to add a capsule (approximately 400 mg) to the food twice daily until resolved.
- 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