Can Dogs Eat Ginger?- Is It Safe for Dogs?

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Ginger is an herb popular around the world, but is commonly used in Asian cuisine. Many people also use the fresh root as well as preparations like powder, tablets, and tea, to help with stomach upsets and nausea. It also has anti-inflammatory properties so is used to combat the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Happily, ginger is not only safe for dogs to eat, in the right dosage, but it can be equally as beneficial in canine healthcare as it is in humans.

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Is Ginger Safe for Dogs?

Ginger is safe for dogs. In fact, it can benefit their digestive system and even help to reduce the inflammation that causes arthritic pain. There is no need to panic if your pet pooch grabs the last of the stem ginger from the chopping board. In fact, it could do them so good.

In What Form Can Dogs Take Ginger?

The simplest way to give dogs ginger is in its raw form. It is widely available from a range of stores and it is possibly even available in your local grocery, so there’s no need to head to specialist or pet shops. However, ginger has a strong smell and flavor: a smell that will put a lot of animals off. As such, if you are hoping to give your dog ginger intentionally, you may need to mask the pungent aroma.

Raw Ginger

Some dogs will enjoy the smell and flavor. In which case, simply peel the ginger and give them a couple of slices. Alternatively, you can dilute some ginger and put it in their food. To do this, remove the skin and chop up some ginger slices, mix it with hot water and let it steep for a few minutes, before mixing the resulting ginger tea with some wet dog food. Most dogs will eat a ginger infused meal if it is made using their favorite food. Alternatively, wrap the ginger in a slice of meat or put it inside a dog treat.

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Ginger Powder

You can buy ground ginger, which should be perfectly safe for your dog. Do check the label, however, to ensure that there are no additional ingredients that might cause them harm. You will also need to determine a safe amount according to dosage requirements and the amount of ginger in the powder.

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Capsules

Ginger capsules are also available. These usually contain raw, natural ginger, and no other ingredients but, again, it is important to check. You should also consider the capsule itself and whether your dog will be able to swallow and digest it. Ginger capsules made specifically for dogs should be easily digestible by your canine friend.

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Essential Oil

Your dog should not ingest essential oils, but ginger essential oils can still be used. Put a drop or two on their paw if they are showing signs of nausea or heartburn, and this could help it pass sooner.

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Dosage for Dogs

The amount of ginger you feed your dog will depend on its size and the form of ginger you give. When feeding raw ginger, you can safely feed two slices of the root for every 25 pounds of dog weight. Follow the instructions on powder and capsules to meet roughly the same dosage guidelines.

Giving your dog too much ginger can cause gassiness and nausea. It may lead to them being sick, counteracting the desired effects of this potentially beneficial root.

The Health Benefits

Ginger is a powerful herb that people around the world use as a holistic remedy for a host of ailments and conditions. Ginger offers the following health benefits for dogs:

  • Anti-Nausea – Medicinally, ginger is used to combat nausea and upset stomachs. It can stave off diarrhea or constipation and can prevent your dog from being sick. This is also true of motion sickness, so you can administer ginger to your dog when you need to take them on a car ride. If you are using ginger to combat travel sickness, give them a couple of slices about half an hour before you get in the car.
  • Immune System Support – Older dogs can suffer from weak immune systems, which means that they will be more likely to suffer from illnesses and will be less able to fight off slight infections. Ginger is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-toxic: properties which make it a powerful supplement for immune system strength.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relief – Arthritis is a common complaint in older dogs, and it can be debilitating and painful. The pain and other symptoms are caused by inflammation around and in the joints. While it is possible to get painkillers prescribed by the veterinarian, these can have serious side effects and it can be difficult to convince a stubborn dog to take tablets, even when you disguise them in your pet’s favorite treats. Ginger can bring down the inflammation associated with arthritis while being sensitive to your dog’s stomach.

Ginger for Your Dog

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic with anti-toxic and anti-viral properties. It is popular in cultures around the world and people use it to treat stomach complaints and nausea. People also use it to boost their immune system, beat the symptoms of arthritis, and to enhance the flavor of their cooking. It can be equally as effective for dogs as it has proven for humans, but you should take care to administer it in a safe dosage and in a form that your dog can handle.


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