Reishi Mushrooms For Dogs

Reishi mushrooms are an amazing natural way to improve your dogs immune system. Used in Chinese Medicine to enhance vitality and reduce the effects of ageing, Reishi (or Lingzhi in China) has been used successfully for over 2000 years. Modern science confirms this, with numerous studies showing a wide range of health benefits - especially in improving the immune system. 


Key Benefits of Reishi Mushroom:

  1. Improves the immune system
  2. Slows the ageing process
  3. Helps relieve allergies
  4. May prevent cancer growth


Reishi mushrooms have four interesting components not found elsewhere: triterpenes, polysaccharides, the Ling Zhi-8 protein and antioxidants. This unusual combination of factors make Reishi such a powerful addition to the diet, and especially useful in improving the immune system. Studies have shown that Reishi modulates the immune system to improve it’s function, meaning overall better health. 


There is also significant evidence that it can help with cancer and tutor growth. In fact, it is used therapeutically in humans with cancer to help repair their immune system and reduce the effects of chemotherapy

And because we are all about gut health, you know it’s good for that too! New research shows that Reishi prevents the development of gut inflammation and the buildup of harmful bacteria in the bloodstream. It also changes the ratio of bacteria in the gut to more beneficial levels. 

That’s why the call Reishi the Queen of the Mushrooms!



We’d like to point out that most of the research that has been conducted so far has been with mice and humans. However, there is a large enough body of anecdotal evidence to their efficacy for dogs (and no known side effects) that in addition to these studies it seems likely that the health benefits are similar

Our philosophy at Whoa Nelly! is to make the food we want to feed our dog Nelly, so we are very excited to be adding amazing organic Reishi into her diet!



The concentration of mushroom products can vary depending on their source and processing, so it is difficult to give a definitive amount to feed. Dr Karen Becker has a medicinal mushroom product with a recommended dosage that works out to approximately 0.5g per 10kg bodyweight. Always start with a small amount initially, to ensure that it works well for your dog. 


As with most things, picking a higher quality mushroom will dramatically improve it’s efficacy. There are a few factors to consider when selecting a Reishi mushroom to feed your dog. 

  1. Pick a product that uses the “fruiting body” rather than mycelium, as it is as it doesn’t contain the growing substrate.
  2. Dual-extracted means you get both water and fat soluble compounds, so you’ll get a wider range of benefits for your dog.
  3. Ensure that they are non-irradiated, as most are imported from China where they are grown.
  4. If possible find mushrooms that are produced without chemicals. Wild harvested or organic Reshi are amazing if you can afford the extra cost. 

So start feeding your dog Reishi today! 

Jimi WallComment