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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Slippery Elm Bark - Herbs for Dogs and Cats



Safe to use as a daily dietary supplement
alternative medicine for most dogs and cats.
In this article...
1. Slippery Elm
2. Benefits and Uses
3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Drug Interactions
6. General Guidelines for Daily Herbal Intake

1.0 Slippery Elm Bark


The powdered bark has a very agreeable scent that is not off-putting to most dogs and cats.

Slippery elm contains astringent tannins that sooth and reduce inflammation, reduce swelling and heal tissue. Helps to heal internal and mucosal tissues.


When added to water the powdered bark creates a soothing mucilage (a thick water-based solution) which can be used to moisten and sooth. The powder can be mixed into your dog`s or cat`s food with some added moisture – I use homemade stock or puree - chicken or meat based, and/or fruit or vegetable based.

Slippery Elm Bark can be used in various forms:
  • Dry powder;
  • Fresh sliced or finely minced root;
  • Tea - infusion;
  • Tincture - use alcohol-free only;
  • Supplement - capsule, pill.


2.0 Benefits and Uses…

  • Reduces swelling while healing damaged tissue.
    • Uses – a partial list…
      • Cough, sore throat, hoarse voice (bark :>)
      • Constipation;
      • Helps to stop diarrhea;
      • Helps with chronic indigestion and resulting malnutrition;
      • Soothes:
      • Irritated intestines;
      • Irritable Bowel Syndrome;
      • Stomach inflammation;
      • Ulcers;
      • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).


3.0 Cautions…

  • Use moderation when giving slippery elm to a pregnant or lactating dog or cat.
  • Best if given 30 minutes before a meal.


4.0 Side Effects…

  • None


5.0 Drug Interactions…

  • Slippery elm contains a soft fibre called mucilage which can decrease how much medicine the body absorbs. Ingesting slippery elm at the same time that an oral mendicant is taken can decrease the efficacy of the medication;
  • To prevent this interaction administer the slippery elm at last one hour after giving ingested medications. 
6.0 General Guideline
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog's and Cat's Weight

     Weight
Dry Powders


Teas
Capsules/Tablets
Tinctures
1-10 lbs
a small pinch up to 1/8 tsp
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
1 larger pinch - 1/8 to ¼ tsp
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches - 1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs 10-
2 pinches - 2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose


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2 comments:

  1. Where can this be purchased in Ottawa?

    Many thanks,

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    1. Organic powder in bulk - Natural Food Pantry and other natural health stores. Can also be purchased in Organic capsule form but suggest you open capsule and just give powder as capsule casing often contains undesirables such as slipping agents. Capsules can be found at Bulk Barn. Loblaws Super store etc as well as natural health stores.

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When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

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If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

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