Ginger for dogs with cancer is becoming more popular as dog lovers seek out natural remedies and holistic alternatives. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and anti-vomiting agent. It’s also a natural arthritis treatment and can even prevent cancer.
Ginger is a rhizome that’s part of the Zingiberaceae family. It’s a tropical plant that grows in tropical climates, so you can find it in many different kinds of countries. Ginger grows best in soil with high moisture content and low acidity levels, making it ideal for growing in South Asia and Africa. The plant itself can live up to 100 years!
General Benefits of Ginger for Dogs
Ginger has been used for thousands of years in traditional Asian medicine to treat a variety of ailments. While it’s not known if its effects on humans can be traced back to ginger’s natural anti-inflammatory properties, there are many possible health benefits it offers your pup.
- Reduces nausea and vomiting
- Eases pain
- Helps combat motion sickness by stimulating saliva flow (thereby relieving dry mouth) and binding with acetylcholine receptors in the vestibular system (which controls balance). This reduces vertigo as well as dizziness from other sources such as ear infection or injury.
Ginger for Dogs with Nausea
Ginger is a natural anti-nausea remedy, and it’s been used for centuries to help alleviate nausea in humans. While it can be used to treat dogs with cancer-related nausea, ginger also has the potential to help with other causes of canine vomiting or diarrhea.
Ginger in capsule form can be given directly to your dog every day until they feel better. It’s typically recommended that you start out with one capsule per day, then work up to three capsules per day if needed.
Ginger for Dogs Motion Sickness
- Ginger tablets or capsules will work best for dogs who get very sick in the car or around other types of motion. You can purchase these from your vet’s office or order them online (a good option if you have multiple pets).
- If you don’t want to give your dog pills but still want something simple and convenient, try making some homemade tea using fresh ginger root as the base ingredient.
How Much Ginger Should I Give My Dog for Motion Sickness?
As with any other food or supplement, it’s important to check with your vet before using any product on your pet. But ginger is generally considered safe for dogs and you should be able to give them a small amount without worry. Take a look at the product you choose and dose accordingly keeping it mind this is just a general guideline; you may need to alter as-needed.
Ginger for Dog Cough
If your dog has a cough, you may be wondering what to do about it. Ginger is great for helping your dog get over its cough!
Ginger works by inhibiting prostaglandin E2, which is an inflammatory mediator in the body. This means that ginger helps reduce inflammation, which can help with a cough. Ginger can also reduce the production of mucus in the lungs, which helps to clear up congestion and make breathing easier.
Ginger is also anti-nausea, meaning if your dog is vomiting due to their cough, ginger will help reduce nausea and keep them from throwing up more than they already are! Ginger has also been shown to help with gastrointestinal distress (GI distress), which can be a result of having a cold or allergies.
You can give your dog ginger in any form: raw or cooked; fresh or dried; powdered or brewed as tea (2-3 teaspoons per cup). It’s best to give ginger daily for at least 3 days after symptoms have passed so that you can see the full benefits of this natural remedy!
Ginger for Dogs with Cancer
inger is an anti-inflammatory, which means it can reduce the pain and inflammation associated with cancer. Ginger contains compounds called curcuminoids, which are powerful antioxidants that help to fight free radical damage. They also work to regulate cell growth, repair damage to DNA, and prevent tumor cells from multiplying.
In addition to curcuminoids, ginger contains other phytochemicals that have been shown to have anti-cancer effects: capsaicin (found in hot peppers), gingerol (a spicy compound), zingerone (another pungent compound) and shogaol (an aromatic substance). Paradol is another antioxidant found in ginger root extract that has been found to be effective against cancer cells.
How to Make Ginger Tea for Dogs
Ginger tea is a great way to calm your dog down, especially if they have stomach issues.
You can make ginger tea with fresh ginger or dried ginger. To make it with fresh ginger, peel the skin off of a piece of fresh ginger root and chop it up into small pieces. Put the chopped pieces in a pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and then turn off the heat when it gets there. Let the mixture steep for about 20 minutes. Strain out the pieces of ginger and give your dog some of this tea!
You can also use dried ginger instead, but you will need to boil it longer than you would if you were using fresh ginger. This can be done by soaking the dried pieces for two hours before adding them to boiling water for another 10 minutes or so (until all of the flavor has been released).
When to Avoid Ginger for Dogs with Cancer
Within 10 days of surgery, avoid using ginger since it may have a slight blood-thinning impact. If your dog is on aspirin, avoid it. If your dog is taking an anti-inflammatory drug like Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Etogesic, or another, talk to your veterinarian.
Talk it over with your veterinarian BEFORE beginning, or simply avoid ginger if your dog is on insulin, as it may have blood sugar lowering effects and minimize the need for insulin. In dogs with ulcers or uncommon gallstones, avoid using ginger. Finally, avoid using if your dog is taking heart or blood pressure medication because it may naturally drop blood pressure a little.