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Can dogs have ginger?

Can dogs have ginger?
Can dogs have ginger?

Yes! Dogs can have Ginger to eat, but in small doses. It contains many antioxidants that can support dogs, particularly with motion sickness, blood circulation, nausea, gastrointestinal problems, and bloat. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory and also help dogs with arthritis.

Ginger is in the same family as turmeric, has been used as a spice and medicine in Asian, Arabic and Indian countries for thousands of years. Ginger’s function as a digestive aid for stomach upset and nausea is probably the best known benefit. But it’s far from the only one. In fact, its potential benefits extend way past digestive into more serious conditions like osteoarthritis and even cancer.

Dogs can eat ginger

  • But in small quantities. Do not give your dog more than 1 teaspoon of raw ginger. If your dog eats too much ginger, he may become gassy, nauseous, or experience heartburn.
  • As an ingredient in homemade treats.  
  • Sprinkled on top of their dog food.
Can dogs have ginger?
Can dogs have ginger?

Here are 5 ways ginger can help dogs

1) Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease and ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, incorporating ginger into your dog’s diet if he is suffering from inflamed joints could offer some relief. It is certainly showing promise in studies for arthritic humans.

2) Bloat 

Bloat, also known as Gastric dilatation volvulus, is a life-threatening condition of larger breeds that involves expansion of the stomach from built up food and gas that isn’t being expelled. Though an exact cause hasn’t been scientifically confirmed, there are plenty of risk factors.

3) Nausea 

There are many reasons why a dog might be having nausea and vomiting. There’s a very good chance some fresh ginger or even the powdered spice version can help dogs with nausea. Always keep some handy for when you suspect your dog has an upset stomach. If your dog gets car sick, give him the ginger about 30 minutes before he gets in the car.

4) Heartworm

Heartworm is one of those diseases you really don’t want your dog to get. Conventional treatment options are risky and difficult. But conventional prevention options are full of chemicals and risks as well.

5) Cancer

In some studies, Ginger has even shown benefits as a cancer fighter. According to Demian Dressler, DVM, in the DogCancerBlog.com, one study showed that ginger could slow the rate of breast cancer growth in mice; while another study demonstrated that ginger could kill lymphosarcoma cells in a test tube.

Since inflammation plays a role in cancer development, ginger’s anti-inflammatory abilities also come in handy when it comes to cancer. And since cancer and immune system suppression typically go hand-in-hand, ginger’s immune-boosting powers are another plus.


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.

How to serve it

  • Ginger comes in a variety of forms: powder, pill, tincture, tea and raw root. To administer in raw form, you should cut off the skin and finely mince the yellow part of the root.
  • Give ½ teaspoon for dogs under 35 lbs and ¾ for larger dogs
  • Can be mixed in with their food
  • Always start slow and gradually add into their routine