Ginger - Herbs for Dogs and Cats

Ginger herb for dogs and cats

In this article

1. Ginger
2. Health Benefits
3. Cautions
4. Side Effects
5. Interactions
6. General Guideline for Daily Herbal Intake 

1.0  Ginger
Ginger is a spice that is also cherished for its medicinal qualities. 

Ginger can be used in various forms:
  • Dry powder
  • Fresh sliced or finely minced root, or juice
  • Tea
  • Tincture
  • Encapsulated powder
2.0 Health Benefits – a partial list

Ginger is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions, for example:
  • Ingested Uses
    • Appetite Loss
    • Arthritis
      • Osteoarthritis
      • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Bronchitis
    • Cough
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Gas
    • Increase blood circulation (i.e., to help prevent vascular damage such as frostbite to a dog’s ears), to support heart health, etc.
    • Nausea (i.e. caused by: anxiety, travel sickness, cancer treatment - chemotherapy)
    • Stomach issues including motion sickness
    • Vomiting (i.e., post surgery)
    • Upset stomach
    • Pain relief for:
      • Back
      • Hip
      • Knee
      • Stomach
      • Muscle soreness
    • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Topical Uses:
    • Treatment of a burn to the skin
    • Treatment to relieve pain to the skin

3.0 Cautions
If your dog or cat:
  • Is pregnant use ginger with extreme caution, only use in minimal amounts if at all
  • Is lactating don’t feed ginger
  • Has a bleeding disorder or is on anticoagulants

4.0 Side Effects
  • Ginger may lower blood sugar levels:
    • If your dog or cat has diabetes, his/her medications may have to be adjusted

5.0 Drug Interactions
  • Anti-diabetes drugs
  • Anticoagulant, Anti-platelet drugs
  • Drugs for high blood pressure

6.0 General Guideline
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s or Cat’s Weight
Click on the chart to zoom in:
Ginger dosing chart for dogs and cats

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