Can Dogs Eat Ginger for an Upset Stomach?
Does your dog experience nausea or upset stomach? Nausea can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, which can be messy and worrisome. Upset stomachs are a common ailment among dogs but there are solutions to ease or eliminate nausea. Some are prescribed while others are natural. Natural treatments are typically less expensive and can be a good option. Also, they save you time and eliminate a visit to the Veterinarian. In addition, they save you costs associated with prescription medicines. Please remember to always consult with your vet before treating your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Ginger?
Ginger for dogs is known to sooth upset stomachs and it’s believed to be safe for dogs. Therefore it can ease bloating as it aids digestion by stimulating the digestive system. Along with easing belly issues, ginger is known to have anti-inflammatory properties which can prevent cancer and soothe arthritic pains. Ginger is said to have calming effects on your dog. Which is why ginger is often worked into night time teas.
Types of Ginger
Ginger comes in many forms which typically include raw ginger, ground ginger, and capsules. These are the easiest to incorporate into your dog’s diet. On one hand, raw ginger can be grated into dog food, baked into dog biscuits, or infused into your dog’s water. On the other hand, ground ginger in powder form can be put into anything because of its consistency. You could even dab some powdered ginger onto your dog’s tongue. Above all, while dogs and ginger usually go well together, don’t put too much. You don’t want your dog to inhale it or start coughing due to dust. A dab will do just fine!
Capsules of ginger can be hidden in a dog treat. But too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Similar to humans, consuming too much can cause indigestion and heartburn in dogs. Ginger naturally has a spicy kick to it which can be overpowering on sensitive tummies. Because of this, be cautious of the amount you use.
Many dog owners ask us “How much ginger can I give my dog?” The amount of ginger to feed your dog depends on the dog’s size. Take a look below at the chart created by Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer.
|1-10 Pounds||Small Pinch||1/2 Capsule, 1-3 Times/Day||1/4 Teaspoon|
|10-20 Pounds||Medium Pinch||1/2 to 1 Capsule, 1-3 Times/Day||1/2 Teaspoon|
|20-50 Pounds||1 Teaspoon||1-2 Capsules, 2-3 Times/Day||1/2 to 3/4 Teaspoon|
|50-100 Pounds||2 Teaspoons||1-2 Capsules, 3-4 Times/Day||3/4 Teaspoon|
|Over 100 Pounds||Up to 1 Tablespoon||Adult Human Dose||3/4 Teaspoon|
Ginger Recipes for Your Dog
Not all dogs will like the taste of ginger so they may not drink their water if you try infusing it. The easiest way to get your dog eating ginger is to add it to treats. For example, you can try this quick and easy recipe from Gingerbread Dog Biscuits!
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup molasses
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, ginger, and cinnamon. Then mix in the oil, molasses, and 1/2 cup water – let sit for 15 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/4-inch thick. Cut out the cookies with cookie cutters. Then transfer to the prepared sheet. Bake about 20 minutes until firm.
January, 12th 2016
Updated on May 22nd, 2019
Kim is the co-owner of DogLoverStore with her husband, John. She earned her BS in operations management at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She enjoys walking in nature, gardening in the sun, eating sour candy, going on drives, yoga, and reading.