Cooking with ginger is extremely popular, especially with Asian food preparation. It even comes on the side with wasabi when sushi is ordered. People like it, but how do dogs handle it?
Many of us don’t realize all the health benefits that come with ginger. Think about it, when you were younger your mom may have given you ginger ale when you had an upset stomach. It just so happens that ginger helps with nausea, and is even taken during early pregnancy to help ease morning sickness.
Certain studies have shown ginger helps treat ovarian cancer, prevents colon cancer, can help with motion sickness, can be used for pain, helps relieve heartburn, prevents and treats the flu and cold, and relieves migraines.
Can I Give My Dog Ginger? Answer: In Small Amounts
There are many benefits when it comes to ginger. But, 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.
The Asian spice ginger has been around for thousands of years, and has 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 actually 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 Dog Treats With Ginger
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.
Other Reasons To Give Dogs Ginger
Ginger can be beneficial to your dog’s health. It can help relieve nausea, and motion or car sickness and the best part is it is natural. Other reasons why you may give your dog ginger is if your dog suffers from poor blood flow, a lack of an appetite, or a low pulse rate. What’s great is that ginger can remove toxins from the body including for your pet!
If your dog has muscle spasms in the stomach or back ginger can also be used, and can also be applied to sore muscles in order to relieve the pain.