Feeding ginger is a great way to improve your dogs health. Part of the same family as turmeric, ginger has traditionally been used for the treatment of nausea, arthritis, migraines, and hypertension, and is fantastic addition to your dog's diet.
Let’s have a look at the top 3 reasons to feed your dog ginger!
1. Reduces Inflammation
The main reason we add ginger to our Whoa Nelly! dog food is because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties. We’re all about gut health, and one of the keys to a healthy gut is reducing inflammation.
Wait.. what is inflammation again?
Inflammation occurs when the body produces an immune response. This is where it mounts an attack on foreign bodies or viruses in the system, and it is absolutely necessary for good health! However, if it’s not fighting off an actual threat, an immune response can be damaging to the body. Dry or carb heavy foods tend to create inflammation, so feeding some ginger helps to repair the damage.
There's lots of research that shows that ginger is effective in reducing inflammation. So if you’re feeding dry food or have a dog with allergies, it’s a fantastic addition to their diet!
2. Cancer Preventation
Amazingly, ginger has been shown to slow the growth rate of cancer. Another study demonstrated that it can kill lymphoma cells. In fact, researchers are actually using ginger to help design chemotherapy drugs. That’s because inflammation is central to the development of cancer. As a natural anti-inflammatory, ginger is a whole food way of fighting cancerous growth and minimising the damage.
3. Reduce Nausea
If your dog struggles in the car, ginger might be able to help reduce their nausea. Ginger has actually been shown to be more effective than medication for motion sickness.
How to Feed
Ginger is easy to add to your dogs diet: simply peel the raw root and finely chop or mince. The suggested dosage for fresh ginger is 1/4 teaspoon per 5kg of bodyweight. It is naturally a bit spicy, so mix it with their (preferably raw) food. As always, if in doubt please consult your awesome local vet for specific advice.
One thing to keep in mind is that the beneficial gingerols are found in much lesser concentrations in powdered ginger. While you can safely feed dry ginger, it can result in gas, bloating and nausea (ironically). Like most things, it’s always better to feed fresh. We recommend using organic ginger to ensure it has no chemical residue.
And if that seems like too much work, try Whoa Nelly! We make amazing dog food that contains ginger, as well as other ingredients like turmeric, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. It’s a SUPER healthy diet for your best friend!
And if that's not enough, research shows that ginger dogs get adopted faster! Ginger really is amazing. 🐾