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HelgatheHairy Mon 22-Oct-12 16:27:37

Have been on here before - puppy (bailey) has flare ups of colitis. Have been clear for a while but poos still not great (first one of the day great, second one less great, third one splat) and after reading on here about slippery elm I wanted to give it a try. He's 6 months Golden Retriever.

Went to local health food shop and asked for it. Lady picked a big box of "slippery elm food" off the shelf and said that was what they had. I clocked the use of the word "food" and asked her was it just slippery elm, she said yes. I didn't think anymore of it, came home and using dosing instructions from here made a serving for him. He's had 1 Saturday, 1 yesterday and 1 today.

Just had Bailey on his second walk and he threw up!! He was fine after and was able to walk the 10 mins home. Noticed lumps of the slippery elm in the throw up. Got in the gate and he went to do a poo. Now this one is normally "splat" but it was perfect.

Had a look at the box and guess what the main ingredient is?? Flour!! With the advice that it contains gluten. Second ingredient is slippery elm and third is sugar.

Pissed off at myself that I was so stupid. But do think the slippelm is working, so just need to find it in pure form now.

BehindLockNumberNine Mon 22-Oct-12 16:32:50

Buy it online, I buy [[ from here]]

BehindLockNumberNine Mon 22-Oct-12 16:33:46

Linky again. Tree barks powder IS slippery elm. In pure form. Ddog suffers from colitis too. 'Tis wonderful stuff!

HelgatheHairy Mon 22-Oct-12 16:39:47

Thanks for that link. I'm going to try the other health food shop tomorrow (very small town) and if they don't have it I'll get it from there. And they do overseas delivery (am in Ireland)

Aquelven Mon 22-Oct-12 17:51:49

It isn't the "food" you want, it's the straight slippery elm powder. Proper health good shops usually sell it, not the Holland & Barrett chain type ones.
You'll know you've got the tight stuff if it looks a murky pinky brown colour, usually sold in plain bags they weigh out themselves, & if when you mix it with the hot water it turns into a sort of thin jelly consistency.
You'll also know by the absolutely vile, disgusting smell!
If I give it to my lot I have to wrestle them into an arm lock, hold on with a vice like grip while trying to get it into the pouch at the side of their mouth before they can escape, they hate it do much.
Mind you, can't say I blame them. In the interest of science, to see what all the fuss is about, I tasted it once.sad

But then, as the old saying goes, if it tastes nasty it's doing you good!

Aquelven Mon 22-Oct-12 17:52:33

Right....not tight stuff!! blush

BehindLockNumberNine Mon 22-Oct-12 17:53:18

I just mix it in with ddog's food. He does not appear to notice it. He will also happily eat it if I mix it with a bit of live yoghurt.
Yy to the smell though, quite distinctive...

Aquelven Mon 22-Oct-12 17:54:37

Mine notice it unfortunately.

BehindLockNumberNine Mon 22-Oct-12 17:57:05

I feel for you, it is not nice having to wrestle them to medicate them and to have to do it with squelchy, stinky slippery elm must be even worse...
Worth it though, it really is magical stuff! (apparently it is safe for humans to take if suffering from a tummy bug, I have not been tempted as yet smile)

WorkingCockers Mon 22-Oct-12 18:36:26

One of my Cockers gets flare ups of colitis, the poor girl.

I've started adding Forever living Aloe Vera gel in her water and it's really helped. Plus my other Spaniels water infections. Natural yogurt too and boiled chicken and rice when it's quite bad.

Hope pup is better soon.

HelgatheHairy Mon 22-Oct-12 19:09:26

He's a bit of a dustbin (hence the colitis!) and eats everything. If I pretend to eat it, he'll be desperate to have it!

HelgatheHairy Tue 23-Oct-12 14:48:32

Found the correct slippery elm today. Will def be ordering it though, a tiny 25g bag cost €4.50!

Mixed a decent teaspoon with some boiling water till it looked like a brown goo/ glue. Then mixed with his food, which he ate happily. Have to say though, I didn't notice that bad a smell??

SheilaWheeler Tue 23-Oct-12 15:17:18

I got our slippery elm powder from Amazon market place, Just Ingredients - was about £15.00 for 250g. (I paid £10.00 for 25g in the local health food shop - much as I would like to support local shops that was a bit of a difference!).

BehindLockNumberNine Tue 23-Oct-12 22:43:29

I find it has a funny stale-curry sort of smell. Not too strong. When whippety boy has one of his relapses and ends up on slippery elm and steroids for a month or more he begins to smell slippery elmy, it eminates from his skin. Bleurgh. But it is marvellous stuff so won't not use it when we need it :-)

HelgatheHairy Tue 23-Oct-12 23:50:02

I don't think I want Bailey to smell of Slippery Elm!!! But will see how it works anyway.

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