Ginger is Healthy For Your Pets
Ginger has antioxidant effects!
It also has an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds.
Ginger, the same family as Tumeric, has a long tradition of being very helpful with nausea and vomiting for people and pets! It relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract. In a study they also found that it greatly lessened depletion of the animals’ stores of glutathione, one of the body’s most important internally produced antioxidants.
Studies have indicated it also prevents motion sickness. If your pet gets sick in the car, give them Ginger 30 minutes ahead of time. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. This helps to explain how Ginger helps with arthritis for us and our pets!
According to materials written by Steve Marsden, DVM, and Shawn Messonnier, DVM, and Cheryl Yuill, DVM, in PetCareNaturally.com, ginger may play a role in relieving or preventing bloat in dogs due to its ability to stimulate movement in the stomach and accelerate emptying of the stomach, as demonstrated in several studies. Information from DogsNaturallyMagazine.
In some studies, it show to be a cancer fighting spice. It slowed the growth of breast cancer in mice. (I don’t like that real well that they test on mice, but I guess they have to test, somehow.)
Ginger can also help in the fight against Heart Worm. Take comfort in knowing that at least one study has shown great promise in using ginger to treat heartworm disease in dogs. The reduction of microfilarial (heartworm larvae) concentration ranged between 83 percent to 98 percent in infected dogs treated with ginger.
Ginger comes in many forms, powder, capsule/pill, tincture, tea and raw root. If you use the raw form, you have to peel off the outside and mince it very much. Give 1/2 teaspoon for dogs under 35 pounds (1/4 teaspoon for miniature breeds) and 3/4 teaspoon for larger dogs. (From DogsNaturallyMagazine) It can be mixed in their food. Check with vet on dosage.
Guidelines from Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer