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Ginger is obviously healthy for us humans, but what about for dogs?
Well, you’ll be happy to hear that your best buddy can benefit from this herb too.
Ginger not only offers numerous vitamins and minerals, but it’s also great for reducing nausea and stomachaches. It can even help your dog better deal with arthritic-related aches and pains.
Keep reading to learn much more about what fresh ginger can do for your pet but also how to safely share…
You Can Give Your Dog Ginger
And there are plenty of reasons to do so…
Powerful Properties For Pets
Ginger’s medicinal uses can be mostly attributed to Gingerol, the main bioactive compound.
It is commonly relied upon for alleviating stomachaches. In that sense, it’s a digestive aid.
What many people don’t know is that ginger may even provide critical relief when Bloat AKA Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) occurs which can be quite scary.
A more practical benefit is ginger’s ability to reduce arthritic-related joint pain. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory with outstanding antioxidants.
Ginger Root And Other Forms
You can add simply this spice to your dog’s diet by simply mixing a moderate amount in with their regular chow.
Of course there are also ginger capsules, root-based powdered forms, teas, etc.
Without other unknown ingredients, none are likely to harm a healthy dog. Just don’t get carried away!
Tips For Travel Use
So we know that ginger works wonders for motion sickness and/or nausea, but how to use it exactly?
Give your dog a few drops of ginger root extract about 30 minutes before a car trip. For a long journey, try a few drops throughout the drive.
There is also a calming effect!
A Heartworm Remedy
Yet another reason to give ginger is to reduce heart-worm larvae concentrations.
This is great news for infected dogs because normally the conventional treatment options contain potentially harmful chemicals.
For Fighting Cancer
Ginger can be given to dogs undergoing chemotherapy.
It lessens the queasy feeling, but also a tenancy to vomit. It is a valuable asset during cancer treatment.
However, too much of a good thing can be bad.
Heartburn, diarrhea, upset stomach, bloating and gas may occur due to excessive amounts.
While ginger is pretty safe, there are a few exceptions.
The reason is this root tends to somewhat thin blood.
As such, caution is required with diabetic dogs or those with heart conditions. It is also not recommended prior to surgery.
Safe Amount of Ginger
You can give your dog between 1/4 to 3/4 of a teaspoon of pure ginger.
Stay within this range. Also adjust the amount based on body weight.
Pro Tip: Mince the ginger up after removing the outer skin.
And remember to be conservative — especially when feeding it to your dog for the first time!
FYI: Turmeric is another herb that dogs can eat.
The Bottom Line
Ginger can certainly be beneficial for dogs.
Your furry friend can have this herb whether or not you intend to use it for the medicinal qualities.
But while healthy, limit consumption to moderate amounts. Let ginger compliment your dog’s meals.