Ginger is Healthy For Your Pets

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Ginger is Healthy For Your Pets

Ginger has antioxidant effects!

It also has an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds.

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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.

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Guidelines from Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer

CAUTIONS: Ginger can thin the blood, so avoid it if your dog will be undergoing surgery or if she will be going into labor. It may also lower blood sugar and blood pressure, so talk to your vet if your dog has diabetes or has any kind of heart condition. Also consult with your vet if your dog is pregnant, on any medications or is being treated for a condition.

Whenever possible, choose fresh ginger over the dried form of the spice since it is not only superior in flavor but contains higher levels of gingerol as well as ginger’s active protease (it’s anti-inflammatory compound). Fresh ginger root is sold in the produce section of markets. When purchasing fresh ginger root, make sure it is firm, smooth and free of mold. Ginger is generally available in two forms, either young or mature. Mature ginger, the more widely available type, has a tough skin that requires peeling while young ginger, usually only available in Asian markets, does not need to be peeled.

This spice is good for us and our pets. My daughter gets car sick, so I’m going to be using this for her. We go on vacation in a month. If you have any questions, please ask me, I’ll get you the answer.

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4 comments on “Ginger is Healthy For Your Pets
  1. Joyce says:

    I had no idea that dogs could have ginger and that it was good for them. I wonder if it is good for cats too? I will comment back http://www.oldefashionmom.com

  2. Charissa says:

    Jody, I love ginger!! I have heard of most of these benefits before for people, but not for animals. I agree with Kathleen about the great flavor ginger adds.

  3. Kathleen says:

    This is very interesting Jody. I love to incorporate Fresh Ginger into a lot of my recipes. In cakes and desserts it gives such a unique flavor that is not like adding dried ginger. I just love it. Good to know that it helps pets also.
    Thanks for bringing this to Fridays Blog Booster Party #14
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