1 cup distilled or spring water
1 teaspoon slippery elm powder
Place water in a saucepan. Mix in powder, and stir well to remove all lumps. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, simmer, and stir a few minutes until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Allow to cool.
To soothe the throat, give 1/2 teaspoon three or four times a day to a cat. For a dog, give 1 teaspoon to 3 tablespoons (depending on size) three or four times a day. Mix it in food or give it with a teaspoon, syringe, or baster.
Refrigerate leftovers, tightly sealed, for a few days.
Give 250 milligrams vitamin C three times a day to a cat. Give a dog 250 to 1,000 milligrams (depending on size) three times a day. Continue treatment until pet is well. If the cough is persistent, see your veterinarian.