Yes, I just prefer using the stove top method and yes the carcass has to be submerged. If you test the bone and it doesn't dissolve between thumb and forefinger it's been allowed to dry out and must be discarded. It will feel gritty but there should be no chunks of bone ciao
yes Slippery elm thickens so be sure to add a small amount to her soup and try it for a few days 3 times a day & see how she does. GNC should have it even maybe walmart pharmacy section??My sis gave some of hers in small jar. It should firm up her stools!
Here, I think that if you want to use the powder you should read through this first. It is always better to be safe when using herbals as dire consiquences can happen when used improperly. This is copied from a herbal site and I've used this particular recipe many, many times. As long as you follow the directions, your little one will benefit from its use.
For diarrhea, slowly pour 12 oz. hot or boiling water over 1 T. of powdered bark, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth. Add a little honey if desired (dogs only). If constipation is the problem, use only 1 tsp. powder and proceed as above. Note that in smaller doses, Slippery Elm acts as a soothing lubricant while in larger doses, it acts as an herbal â€œglueâ€ or bandage that the body will use where and as it is needed.
To make Slippery Elm Gruel, mix 1 tsp. of the powder with 1 cup water or broth in a pan. Heat slowly to a boil, stirring often (a wire wisk works best for this). Reduce heat and let simmer 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Take off heat. Add honey and/or other supplements if desired. Let cool and add to food, or feed separately as a porridge, or by syringe if necessary.
How to administer Slippery Elm preparations: Note that the following dosages refer to the liquid preparations described above, not to the powder alone. Slippery Elm should always be taken with water, and since you canâ€™t entice your companion to drink a glass of water on command, always prepare it according to the recipes provided. Having said that, here are some general dosing guidelines for companion animals.
Cats: 1/2 tsp. (or 2ccs by syringe) 3-4 times daily until improvement is noted.
Dogs: 1 tsp. for small dogs, 1 T. for medium sized dogs, and 2-4 T. for large dogs. Repeat dose 3-4 times daily until symptoms subside.
Unused portions of these preparations can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Externally, Slippery Elm makes an excellent poultice for boils, abscesses, ulcers or burns. Simply moisten the powder with enough water to make a paste and apply to the area. Mixed with honey and a little goldenseal you have a wonderful antibacterial, soothing dressing for any wound, sore, or burn (add bandage if necessary).
Because it is so good at what it does, excessive or prolonged use of Slippery Elm can overcoat the digestive tract and interfere with assimilation of some nutrients. This effect is easily prevented by taking 2-3 days off per week during extended internal therapy, and always mixing the powder with water before administering it to your pet."
Post by trippyferret on Jun 18, 2011 16:53:36 GMT -5
Thank you sooo much for this info, Heather! You've been very helpful! I just picked up a bottle from GNC and they are in capsule form. How many capsules would I use at 370 mg per capsule? Also, how much of the gruel would I add to her soup? She gets soups twice a day; would it be ok to give it to her only twice a day? Or does it have to be three? Also, I read on the bottle that it should not be taken with any medications as it may interfere with their absorption. Would this present a problem with her taking prednisone?
I've never used capsul format always powdered format. I'm not sure. How much fluid is adviced to be taken with the capsule? I would be tempted to add it to only one of the soupies and see the results. If you get the results you're looking for then keep it there. You may have to use it more frequently but I would be tempted to start at the lower dose and see if you see progress. Are you feeding the soupy right before giving the pred? I've never had problems with the pred solution not being absorbed but I used to feed it 3 days on, 3 days off. With Aremis, I tried to feed the soupy as far away from the pred as possible (as he never ate on his own this was simple as I had to feed him anyway) Yes, it did mean juggling meals but once you get is set up it's really simple. At the time there was a feeding schedule on the fridge because I was juggling the feeding of 3 fuzzes with various med schedules. Keep a log if it makes you feel more comfortable, that means you can keep track of the symptoms and your little ones progress. Good recording is often as necessary as good medications. ciao
Post by trippyferret on Jun 18, 2011 19:53:40 GMT -5
Honestly, I just grabbed what I could find, I didn't want to wait for it to come in the mail. lol. But anyway, all it says is that you should take 4 capsules three times daily with warm water between mealtimes. I went ahead and made some. What I did was just poured capsules into the measuring spoon until I got 1 tsp. It ended up being 4 capsules. I used your method of making gruel, just not sure how much to add to her soups. I looked at one website and it advised to give one tsp, but it used half the water you use in your gruel recipe (uses the same method though). She is very difficult to give any liquid meds so I'd rather not have to use a syringe; it stresses her a great deal. She always gets her soup right before her pred, just to make sure she doesn't get issues like ulcers. Keeping a log is a good idea. Would probably be useful to my vet as well. ^^
Slippery elm powder is absolutely tasteless or next to it. I've never had trouble with anyone eating it in a soupy, so you can give it that way. I used to give it to my son for his upset stomach when he was really young. ciao
Post by trippyferret on Jun 18, 2011 22:04:14 GMT -5
Can I make smaller batches of this? The batch I made came out to be a good bit, way too much lol. I got her to take it in a syringe 15 mins before I fed her. It was no problem. Now we'll see how she does. Thank you so much for all your help, it's been invaluable.
Why don't you just cut it into quarters....1 capsule to 1/4 c of water. See how it goes...you did 4 caps to 1 cup so just use 1 capsule instead. I always found that I had way too much but it's not expensive but I just hate wasting it. ciao