Can Dogs Eat Ginger?

Ginger or ginger root is so healthy for humans that in some parts of the world it’s considered to be a medicine. In human studies, ginger has been shown to relieve gastrointestinal distress, act as an anti-inflammatory and even reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. However, in this article, we are more interested in what kind of an effect ginger has on dogs and whether dogs can or cannot eat ginger.

Can Dogs Eat Ginger?

Yes, dogs can eat ginger. In fact, ginger can be rather good for your dog’s health. Ginger has been shown to help dogs who may suffer from motion sickness. If your dog gets car sick, even on short rides in the car, try feeding her a treat containing ginger (e.g. ginger cookies) about half an hour before the car ride. That should give the ginger enough time to take effect.

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What Else Is Ginger Good for?

In addition to aiding with motion sickness, ginger has been found to help lower cholesterol and aid in blood circulation. If your dog as problems with either of these things, you may want to incorporate a little ginger into her diet.  Please note that if your dog suffers from anemia, has recently gone through surgery or is on blood pressure medications, ginger is not recommended.

Ginger Is Good for Dogs Only in Small Amounts

While dogs can eat ginger and benefit from the many beneficial health effects of ginger, eating an excessive amount can lead to gas, bloating, heartburn and nausea, and other problems in the digestive system.

To be safe and to take advantage of the healthful properties of ginger, feed your dog a treat containing ginger about once or twice a week.

In conclusion, dogs can eat ginger, but only in small amounts, and not too often.

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  1. Jonathan at | | Reply

    It’s true that eating ginger can help calm down dogs for a ride in the car. I’ve been given my Labrador ginger before car rides for years now, and he is calm as a Hindu cow.

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