For dogs, cats and other pets, Slippery Elm can be used to treat vomiting, diarrhea, gastritis, duodenal ulcer, constipation and colitis.
When dogs and cats suffer from digestive problems, the ailment normally seems to manifests itself by showing symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and flatulence. Some pets have more delicate digestive systems and like humans they need nutrition in order to help their bodies to recover from the ill health – so for that reason slippery elm bark powder can be a good herbal remedy to give to dogs (pets) for soothing and easing down their digestive system and consequently leading the dogs (pets) to a gentle recovery.
Also, it has been known that Slippery Elm Bark has been used to prevent or
reverse bladder and kidney diseases in cats.
If your dog has diarrhea with black, tarry stools or stools with fresh blood as well as no appetite and vomiting frequently you must take it to the vet.
If the diarrhea is occasional with no other symptoms, one natural remedy would be using the slippery elm bark powder for dogs:
- Add 1 teaspoon of slippery elm powder to 1 cup of cold water and mix them thoroughly. Bring it to a boil while stirring.
- Turn the heat down and let it simmer and keep stirring for a few more minutes until the mixture thickens slightly and take it off from the heat.
- Add 1 tablespoon of honey and stir well: This is for dogs only as cats don’t like sweet stuff.
- When the mixture is cooled down give 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to cats and small dogs i.e. under 20 lbs, 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons for medium dogs i.e. 20 – 40 lbs, and 3 to 4 tablespoons for large dogs i.e. over 40lbs. It should be given 4 times a day, or roughly every 4 hours. The mixture should keep for a couple of days, if it’s kept covered at room temperature.
Although, it’s not very likely to be used in commercial preparations, the outer bark can irritate the digestive linings and the urinary system, leading to abortion in pregnant animals. You can read more on general side effects.