Can I give my Dog Ginger for Nausea and Upset Stomach?
Ginger's use is well-known to help pregnant women cope with morning sickness and for those unfortunate people who get motion sick, but what about using ginger to help a dog suffering from nausea or an upset stomach? Turns out, this herb is helpful for dogs and is even recommended by some veterinarians.
When we talk about ginger, we're talking about the fleshy root which has been used both by traditional western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. The ginger root is nowadays available in many forms including powder, teas, tablets or simply the fresh root as nature made it. In this article, we'll be discussing mostly fresh ginger which is often sold in grocery stores and health stores.
How Ginger Benefits Dogs with Upset Stomach
How does this herb benefit dogs? According to VCA Animal Hospital, ginger is known for stimulating stomach motility and accelerating the stomach's emptying times.According to the Dog Owners'Veterinary Handbook written by veterinarian Debra M. Eldredge et al. dogs suffering from motion sickness may benefit from ginger, and even a ginger snap may do.
Dog Cancer Vet Dr. Demain Dressler, states that ginger decreases nausea and can help dogs suffering from cancer who have decreased appetite, whether it's caused by the cancer itself or it's a side effect of chemotherapy, surgery or radiation. In these cases, ginger has been shown to decrease vomiting in a similar fashion as metoclopramide, the prescription shot given to dogs to help them fight nausea.
Ginger Root Dosage for Dogs
In order to give your dog the fresh root, you will have the peel the root. Once, the pee is removed you would mince the root in small pieces. When it comes to dosage, Dr Dressler recommends giving 1/4 teaspoon to miniature breeds, 1/2 teaspoon for dogs under 35 pounds, 3/4 teaspoon for dogs over 35 .It's fine to give three times a day mixed in with the food.
As with any remedies posted on this site, its important to always consult with your vet first. Even natural remedies can have side effects. In the case of ginger, because it can thin the blood, it's important to not give to dogs who are given aspirin or within 10 days of surgery. If your dog is on any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory dogs, consult with your veterinarian. If your dog is diabetic consult with your vet as well as ginger may lower blood sugar. Don;t use it your dog has ulcers or gallstones and avoid using if your dog is taking heart or blood pressure medications as ginger tends to lower blood pressure.