When you make homemade dog food meals and treats for your precious pooch, you want to know which herbs and spices will be appropriate to use. However, there seems to be far more that you shouldn’t feed to a canine, such as chocolate, sugar, vanilla, cloves and nutmeg. But what about ginger?
Can I give ginger to my dog? Yes, you absolutely can! In fact, it’s one of the few herbs recommended by vets for a host of digestive ailments your pooch may suffer from. Plus, it’s a good liver cleanse and helps your dog naturally detox. This is useful if your dog eats things it shouldn’t.
You can give ginger fresh or dry. However, as with anything, you can’t go overboard. This is because some dogs might find ginger too hot on the palate or it could irritate any gastrointestinal issues. Other than that, it’s a very safe spice for most dogs.
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What Is Ginger Root and What Does It Look Like?
Ginger is an unmistakable herb. Its taste and aroma have that sensational spicy effect on the tongue and nose. It is a characteristic in appearance, displaying a thick and knobby root with colors that are a pale tan on the inside and a light brown color on the outside.
It’s been a much loved herb for thousands of years and can treat stomachaches, nausea and diarrhea. From Europe to Asia, ginger is a famous panacea that can cure almost anything ails the digestive system. It increases energy, tastes refreshing and provides a host of micronutrients.
What Are Benefits of Ginger for Dogs?
What’s nice about ginger is that it has many of the same benefits for dogs as it does for people. This means it’s excellent for dogs that experience motion sickness, frequent vomiting or major bouts of nausea. In fact, you can administer a bit of ginger 30 minutes prior to taking a car ride.
Also, if your dog suffers from serious bloating and gas, ginger will go a long way in decreasing this. It relaxes the smooth muscles in the intestines, which translates to fewer spasms. This, in turn, helps reduce pain in relationship to other digestive issues like Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Ginger is a notorious anti-inflammatory and can help older dogs experiencing hip dysplasia and other kinds of joint pain. It’s excellent for injured dogs too since it’s also a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are very good for cognitive dysfunction as a dog ages.
How Much Ginger Should I Let My Dog Consume?
How much ginger you allow your dog to eat will largely depend on the size of your dog. But first, you should confer with your vet to ensure ginger will be good for your dog to consume. They will also be able to recommend how much you should give your dog.
That said, on average, you can figure about less than one sixteenth of a teaspoon (or 25mg) per pound of your dog’s total body weight. For example, if your dog weighs 145 pounds, then give it 1⅓ teaspoons (or 3,625 mg).
What’s the Best Way to Administer Ginger to My Dog?
You can give fresh ginger in thing like a smoothie, frozen yogurt or baked biscuit treats. You can grate or slice it for this purpose. Likewise, try sprinkling fresh or powdered ginger directly on their kibble or wet food. Some people even make a ginger water infusion and feed it to the dog that way or use it in recipes.
Frozen Yogurt Yummy Cubes
The best way to get your pooch to eat ginger is in a yummy frozen yogurt treat. It’s quick, simple and you’ll have this ready for your dog in a matter of hours. This is good for giving dogs a motion sickness treatment or during the hot summer months.
Items You’ll Need
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Mixing Spoon and/or Fork
- Ice Cube Trays (preferably silicone)
- Food Processor or Blender (optional)
- 3 Cups Greek-Strained Yogurt (full fat)
- 1 Banana (ripened and mashed)
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 2 tsp Ginger (dried or fresh)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon (powdered)
- In the bowl or with a food processor, mash the banana with a fork and/or spoon until smooth and then blend in the yogurt.
- Add the honey, ginger and cinnamon; mix until well incorporated.
- Spoon the yogurt into as many ice cube trays as necessary.
- Put into the freezer for four to six hours.
- Remove when fully hardened and put into a freezer-safe bag; should keep for up to six months.
Are There Any Cautions or Warnings in Feeding Ginger to My Dog?
Note that some dogs may not like the taste of fresh ginger. Therefore, the dried and powdered form will be less pungent. Regardless, this will be a matter of trial-and-error with your furry friend. You will have to play around to see what it likes and what it finds unpalatable.
Although ginger is very safe for dogs and comes recommended by vets everywhere, there is the potential for some dangers. If your fur baby has a blood disorder or is on a medication that can potentially increase bleeding, avoid giving it ginger. This is true for dogs on NSAIDs, with hemophilia or von Willebrand’s disease.
If you have any worries or doubts about feeding ginger to your dog, always talk about it with your vet. In the event it’s crucial for your dog to consume ginger and you have a problem getting the dog to eat it, then the vet may have supplement suggestions for you to use instead.
Feeding ginger to your dog will be entirely safe in most cases. Of course you don’t want to go overboard by any means. Ginger tends to be hot and can have a burning sensation in the mouth. So, you should do a few tests with your dog to see what their level of palatability is. If you have any concerns, talk to your vet about it.