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Red Elm aka Slippery Elm Bark

Red Elm Slippery Elm
Red Elm Slippery Elm

(Ulmus rubra)

Red Elm is more commonly refereed to as Slippery Elm Bark, or Ulmus rubra. Ulmus rubra is typically called Red Elm in most woodworking applications, in reference to its reddish heartwood. Red Elm is a tree native to the central and eastern United States and Ontario, Canada. Slippery Elm bark is a medium sized native long-lived deciduous tree, with a open, somewhat flat-topped crown composed of many spreading to ascending branches, with less drooping at the ends than American Elm.

The tree is known for its dark brown to reddish brown bark and can reach a height of 60-80 feet.

Native Americans would peel its slimy, red inner bark from twigs and branches and use it as a remedy for many common ailments, like fevers, wounds, and sore throats.

Slippery Elm Uses

FDA-approved as a safe, nonprescription remedy for minor throat irritation and can be remedied with oral lozenges for soothing throat pain. Also very useful for relieving cough and occasional heartburn. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Soothing a Cough and Sore Throat. Irritation of the Urinary Tract. Heartburn and GERD.

Slippery Elm is applied to the skin for wounds, burns, gout, rheumatism, cold sores, boils, abscesses, ulcers, toothaches, sore throat, and as a lubricant to ease labor. In manufacturing, slippery elm is used in some baby foods and adult nutritional.

Slippery Elm Preparation and doses

Lozenges: Take as directed. 
Tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1–2 tsp powdered bark. Steep for 5 minutes. Drink 2 or 3 times per day.

Slippery Elm

Red Elm/Slippery Elm for pets

Slippery elm is in common use in pets with digestive disturbances, including both diarrhea and constipation.

It can help reduce inflammation in both the intestinal and respiratory tracts. It also lubricates the intestinal tract to help with the passage of stool in dogs with constipation. For dogs with diarrhea, the coating properties help reduce inflammation, thereby helping relieve discomfort.

Suggestions of how to Give Your Dog Slippery Elm

Slippery elm is available as a lozenge, capsule, powder that combines with water, or as an alcohol- or glycerin-based extract. It can also be finely shredded and applied topically to draw out toxins from burns or skin infections.

For larger pets, tablets or capsules are often the easiest form of slippery elm to administer, while for small pets, glycerin-based [extracts] work well and are readily accepted.

For dogs who are vomiting, the powder can be mixed with slightly warm water and given as an enema.

One suggestion implies that it can also be added to food. Regardless of which form of slippery elm you choose to give your dog, she recommends talking to an experienced veterinarian for brand recommendations.

Other suggestions include

Dosage: Give a ¼ capsule twice daily to small dogs, a ½ capsule twice daily to medium dogs, and one capsule once or twice daily for large dogs. Mix contents of capsule into food or some yogurt.

Dosage: Give a ¼ tsp of powder for every 10 lbs of body weight. Mix the powder into food or some yogurt.

Recipe: Mix 1 rounded teaspoon of slippery elm powder in 1 cup cold water, bring to boil while stirring, turn down heat, stir and simmer 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, add 1 tablespoon of honey and let it cool.
Dosage: For dogs under 25 lbs, give 1 to 2 tbsp; 25-50 lbs, 2 to 4 tbsp; 50 lbs and over, give ¼ to ½ cup. Dose 4 times a day.

Healing Mixture
Recipe: Use equal parts slippery elm powder, FOS (fructo-oligosaccharide) powder and L-Glutamine powder.
Dosage: Give 1 tsp twice daily for small dogs, 2 tsp twice daily for medium dogs and 3 tsp twice daily for large dogs. L-Glutamine is an amino acid that heals intestinal cells. If you wish to give your dog L-Glutamine alone, give 500 mg per 25 lbs of body weight per day.

Please refer to a vet for advice before trying any medication on animals.