Love Benefits of Slippery Elm For Your Dog

How To Help Your Dog With The Herb Slippery Elm

Is Slippery Elm something you've heard of? It's an unusual name for sure!

But this is useful herb that's often given to dogs. Usually for gastro-intestinal issues.

First of all what is slippery elm?

It's from the inner bark of the Slippery or Red Elm tree. This is a tree that's native to North America.

It's called this, because of the gel that's formed when the powdered inner bark comes in contact with water.

How can slippery elm help dogs?

Veterinary herbalists have used slippery elm for many years. It's properties are:

  • Soothing - for respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal ailments
  • Nutritional - it contains carbohydrates, protein and trace minerals
  • Tonic - for wellbeing
  • Astringent - to help dry and calm irritation

So not only can it help with overall health, it can be used to regulate. So is believed to help with both diarrhoea and constipation for example.

Can you use slippery elm with other supplements or medicine?

Not always! It can be ok as long as there's several hours between using other things. So always get your veterinary surgeon's approval to use. You could end up otherwise, either causing harm. Or neither the slippery elm or the other medicine/supplement working.

Is There Evidence That Slippery Elm Helps Dogs?

Yes, not only is there a lot of anecdotal evidence. With many veterinary surgeons recommending it.

But there's also the following research that's been completed:

Expedited Management of Canine and Feline Vomiting and Diarrhea. Observational Study in 3952 Dogs and 2248 Cats Using Sucralfate-Like Potency-Enhanced Polyanionic Phyto-Saccharide—Elm Mucilage (Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 2013)

How To Use Slippery Elm With Dogs?

Choose a product that's specially formulated for dogs. This way you'll know your dog is getting the right amount. And from a reputable manufacturer or supplier, you'll get product support. This maybe useful.
Also ensure the product is traceable and from a sustainable source.

My recommendation is Dorwest Herbs. They have a great range of high quality herbal supplements, including Tree Bark Powder. Visit their website here.

You can also find slippery elm included in supplements combined with other herbs. For instance Hilton Herbs have a Gastric Support supplement for dogs, that includes amongst other herbs, slippery elm.

I hope that this information helps you to help your dog :)

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Please remember that if your horse, dog or other animal is unwell. Or on any kind of medication or other supplement. Then always speak to your Veterinary Surgeon first before using any supplement or therapy. Even natural ones. To avoid any possible issues.

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About the Author

Suzanne Harris is founder of this Taranet website at, and also provides business coaching to horse and dog care and veterinary professionals.