Slippery Elm Syrup
Slippery Elm Syrup is an effective, all natural remedy for a number of minor ailments that might crop up from time to time with your dog. Slippery Elm is a tree native to certain parts of Ontario and the United States, and the inner bark acts as a mucilage when mixed with water.
Slippery Elm Syrup helps with digestive issues including constipation and diarrhea, indigestion, IBS, acid reflux, and is soothing to the throat which helps with coughs and respiratory illnesses. Natural remedies are usually more gentle on a dog's body and have fewer side effects, however, they may also take a little longer to work compared with traditional medications.
1 cup of water
1 heaping teaspoon of slippery elm powder
1/2 teaspoon Bentonite clay (or Montmorillonite clay)
Add water to a small saucepan.
Add slippery elm powder and Bentonite clay.
Whisk until mostly combined. There will be small lumps.
Continue to whisk while heating the mixture on the stove at medium high heat.
Reduce heat and simmer until mixture thickens. This will take about 5 or 6 minutes. Continue to whisk every minute or so.
Let syrup cool completely and pour into a glass jar.
Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
25 lbs and under - 1 - 2 tablespoons
25 lbs to 50 lbs - 2 - 4 tablespoons
50 lbs and over - 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup
You may give Slippery Elm Syrup several times a day as needed.
Slippery Elm and Bentonite clay both affect the absorption of other medications and must be given 3 hours separately from supplements and medication.
For coughs, try adding half a teaspoon of honey to each dose (puppies under 1 year of age should not have honey).
If your dog is willing, you can use a syringe to give him the syrup by gently pulling back his lower side check, squeeze the syrup into the side of his cheek and keep his mouth closed, or, try adding it to some soft food.
If your dog's symptoms become worse, do not improve, or you are concerned, please check with your vet.
Watch how I make Slippery Elm Syrup!