Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Mushroom Broth Recipe for Dogs, Cats – Food is Medicine

Mushroom broth recipe for dogs and cats, a great way to boost the immune system

Food is Medicine - Medicinal Mushroom Broth Recipe for Dogs and Cats

Homemade mushroom broth is quick and simple to make. This recipe uses medicinal mushrooms to create a healing broth. Mushroom broth is a great choice to strengthen your dog and cat's immune system, support treatment of symptoms and promote healing from inflammatory conditions including:
  • Arthritis
  • Bone and joint health
  • Cancer prevention
  • Central nervous system health
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Detoxification
  • Heart health
  • Immune system health
  • Kidney health
  • Liver health
  • Respiratory health
  • Skin health
  • Urinary tract health

Mushroom Broth Recipe for Dogs and Cats

You Will Need:

  • 2 tbs unsalted butter – organic or from grass fed, pasture raised animals.
    • You can choose to substitute the butter with one of the following:
      • Organic, cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil
      • Organic cold-pressed, avocado oil
      • Organic, extra-virgin cold pressed olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped medicinal mushrooms (organic or wild crafted). A list of medicinal mushrooms is provided further below. You can use:
    • Fresh medicinal mushroom, or;
    • Dry medicinal mushrooms
  • 4 cups filtered or spring water.
  • Optional Ingredients:
    • 1 up to 2 tbs fresh, minced organic ginger root.
    • 5 up to 10 whole, organic or wild-crafted juniper berries.
    • When introducing herbs and spices to your dog or cat make sure the herb/spice you choose is appropriate for him/her.


  • Wash mushrooms. 
  • Place butter in a pot.
  • Place pot on low heat, allow the butter to melt.
  • Add the mushrooms to the pot, sautΓ©.
  • Add 2 cups of filtered or spring water to the pot.
  • If using optional ingredients, add the ginger and/or juniper berries.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, allow to cool.
  • Strain the mushrooms from the liquid, discard the mushrooms (or puree the cooked mushrooms and serve with the broth, or add to your dog's veggie puree or smoothie). 
  • Option One
    • Pour the cooled, strained mushroom broth into glass bottles.
    • Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Option Two
    • Pour the cooled, strained mushroom broth into ice cube trays, freeze.

Mushroom Broth Serving Suggestions for Dogs and Cats

  • Give with meals.
  • Offer in-between meals as a treat.
  • Use the broth ice cubes as a treat.
  • Use the broth to make smoothies.
Mushroom broth is a self-select item. Learn about self-selection here.

Mushroom Broth Serving Size – General Guideline for Dogs and Cats

  • Small dogs and Cats – 1 tbs to 1/8 cup 1x, to 3x per day
  • Medium Size Dogs – 1/4 to 1/3 cup 1x to 3x per day
  • Large Dogs – 1/2 to 3/4 cup, 1x to 3x per day
  • X-Large Dogs – ¾ to 1 cup 1x to 3x per day

List of Medicinal Mushrooms For Dogs and Cats 
Partial List:

  • Agrikon
  • Agariko
  • Antrodia
  • Blazei
  • Chaga
  • Cordyceps
  • Himematsutake
  • Kign Trumpet
  • Lion’s Mane
  • Maitake
  • Mesima
  • Polyporus
  • Poriia cocs
  • Reishi
  • Shiitake
  • Suehirotake
  • True Tinder Polypore
  • Turkey Tail (various varieties)

  • For a comprehensive list of unsafe, dangerous and poisonous mushrooms dogs and cats should not consume go here.
  • Editable, medicinal mushrooms are not appropriate for every dog and cat.
    • Make sure you check side effects, drug interactions and health condition contradictions for your individual animal's specific situation.
  • Do not force a dog or cat to ingest substances (i.e. foods, herbs) that the animal indicates he/she does not want.
Shareable mushroom broth recipe graphic for dogs and cats

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Important Note

1.0 Use of Foods, Herbs, Alternative Medicines:

Safe use of items and protocols in the article above, is your sole responsibility.

Foods, herbs and alternative medicines have health issue, condition and conventional drug interactions. Safe use of all substances and protocol are your responsibility.

Before you use any substance or protocol do your research. Check for cautions, contradictions, interactions and side effects. Do not use substances or protocols not suitable to your animal's individual circumstances.

If your animal has an underlying condition substances and protocols may conflict.

2.0 Definition of Holistic…

Food, herbs, alternative medicines are NOT ‘holistic’ they are a substance and MAY, or may NOT be ‘NATURAL’.

If you use a ‘natural’ substance (ie. an herb) you are using a natural substance, not a holistic substance.

Holistic is not defined by use of one or several substances. Holistic is an approach.

Definition of “holistic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press


"relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts"

"Holistic medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease."

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that health, and well-being.

3.0 Expectation a natural substance remedies a health or behavioral situation.

A natural substance used to treat symptoms. But, if factors causing the underlying issue remain you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach. It is necessary to identify root cause. Remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues. Holistic approach includes design, implementation to treat, remedy and maintain long-term health.

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