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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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