Can I Give My Dog Ginger?

Can I Give My Dog Ginger?Cooking with ginger is popular, especially with Asian food preparation. But if you gave it to a dog, there’s some question about how they would handle it.

It’s tempting with all the health benefits that come with ginger. Think about it, when you were younger your mom may have given you ginger ale for an upset stomach. Yes, it helps with nausea, and it’s even taken during early pregnancy to help ease morning sickness.

Some studies have shown that ginger helps treat ovarian cancer and helps prevent colon cancer. It can also help with motion sickness, is used for pain, helps relieve heartburn, prevents and treats the flu and cold, as well as relieves migraines.

Can I Give My Dog Ginger? Answer: In small amounts

If too much is consumed it can cause digestive problems like heartburn, diarrhea, belching, upset stomach, bloating, gas and nausea.

If you have a history of ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, or intestinal blockage it may be a good idea to not eat fresh ginger in large quantities.

Ginger has long been used to treat and prevent medical problems. In dogs it can help prevent heart disease, colitis, bronchitis, and many others. It can also help your dog with motion sickness (car-sickness), nausea, and inflammation problems like arthritis.

Be sure you do not give your dog too much, it can make them more sick. The best thing to do if your dog gets motion sickness is give a few drops of ginger root extract to your dog about 30 minutes before your car trip, if your planning a long trip try a few drops throughout the trip. Also, it may be a good idea to consult your veterinarian.

For a Calmer Dog

If your dog is easily stressed in certain situations, like riding in the car, a ginger capsule can be given to help calm them down. For a correct dose consult your veterinarian and see what is best for them. It will depend mostly on their weight.

For a stressed out dog you may also want to try is five-flower remedy, a botanical supplement that is used to calm down stressed out animals. Again, this something you may want to consult the veterinarian about. The great thing about ginger and five-flower is it is natural and will not harm our dog, unless too much is given at one time, and usually it will just make your dog a little ill and/or uncomfortable.

Helps With Cancer

If your dog is going through chemotherapy and is feeling queasy or is vomiting ginger can be used. It can also be used if your dog has little or no appetite which is common during cancer treatments. Although ginger can help with the nausea that the chemotherapy can cause, the antioxidants can offset the benefit of the chemotherapy drugs.

Ask your vet about using ginger products (like Ginger-Mint from Animals Apawthecary) that can be found in most local health food stores. Your veterinarian may suggest another product that could help your dog with the pleasures of chemotherapy and cancer.

Homemade Ginger Treats

There are many homemade dog treats that can help with a number of common issues like bad breath, car sickness, constipation, and others as well. For car sickness add a little grated ginger, a cup of reduced-fat peanut butter, carrots that have been well grated, mashed bananas, and plain yogurt. Mix ingredients, cut into square or rectangles, and freeze for two to four hours.

Dogs have allergies just like people and when a new food is given your dog should be watched for any unusual behavior such as scratching more frequently, or watery eyes.

Conclusion on Ginger

Pure ginger can be beneficial to your dog’s health for many reasons and the best part is it’s a natural remedy. It can help relieve nausea and motion sickness while improving poor blood flow, lack of appetite or a low pulse rate. In addition, it can remove toxins from your dog’s body. It may also work for reducing muscle spasms in the stomach or back. In fact, some have had success with applying it to sore muscles in order to relieve the pain.

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Jo May, 2015

My dog has the worst bad breath. Is there anything I can do? Someone suggested ginger root but didn’t now the amount or how to give it to her. Any suggestions? I am in the process of changing her diet to see if her food is the cause. But I’d still like to know if anyone has any input about ginger root or any other remedy for this! Thanks

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Ana May, 2015

Hello Jo. I would recommend TropiClean Fresh Breath products. Try the oral care kit, TriFlossBall, water additive or fresh breath foam. I have a rescue mutt that used to have bad breath. Now we brush his teeth at least once a week. We also give him Greenies or Whimzees, which are natural chew treats that clean the teeth, which helps as well. Avoid rawhide because it can have bacteria. Also, when you take her to the vet for her regular check-up, ask to have her teeth examined.

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Crystal June, 2015

Adding enzymes to the diet helps digestion and also probiotics. Breathing will also be better. Also, brush the teeth as much as you can.

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Judy September, 2015

Switching to a raw diet will eliminate the bad breath. Also, you should be brushing your dog’s teeth. The brushing should be done regardless of the type of food the dog is eating. Don’t just cover up the odor; get rid of the cause.

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Kate May, 2015

I have some Schweppes Natural Ginger Ale in my fridge. Can I give my dog a tiny puddle of it? He’s a 7 month old yellow Lab. He ate a whole lot of matted grass, stuff from when they mowed our lawn. I was wondering if a lick’s worth of it would hurt him at all. We’ve given him frozen yogurt before and he loved it with no digestive issues. He doesn’t look sick from the grass. Would it hurt him if he drank a drop or two that I spilled?

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Elizabeth May, 2015

Hi Kate. There’s no need to be concerned about your dog eating grass. Canines intentionally set out to eat yummy grass to settle their tummies. If your dog ate the grass, chances are they had an upset stomach. Dogs and cats routinely seek out grass for this very reason. Now, if the grass was chemically treated with something like a pesticide, you will need to have them seen by a vet. Most of those chemicals can be fatal in large doses, or small doses in smaller dogs.

But if it was just everyday grass, your doggy will be just fine. Don’t be surprised if you do see some vomit with grass in it, that’s just their body doing exactly what it needs to do. I hope this helps. If you have any questions, email me any time at:

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Crystal June, 2015

Just make sure there are no pesticides. I buy organic wheat grass and cut it up for my dog. I add it to her food as a treat. It has lots of vitamins and she loves it!

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Rosemary Gustafson August, 2014

I was told that a little bit of raw ginger will help get rid of fleas. Is that true and how much is a little?

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Larry February, 2015

Straight ginger juice might irritate your pet’s skin, but mixed in with a pet shampoo should be fine.

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