Ginger Benefits for Dogs

Ginger benefits dogs in various ways, from soothing muscle pains to treating motion sickness, and more. This page looks at the therapeutic properties of this herb, as well as how we can take advantage of this herb to enhance our dogs' health.

Ginger
Ginger
Zingiber officinale
(Ginger family)

Ginger root, a common herb used in Asian cooking, contains at least 477 chemicals, including essential oils, beta-carotene, acetic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, ascorbic acid, camphor, capsaicin, and gingerols.

Ginger is a catalyst herb - it is often added in small doses to many herbal teas and tinctures.

Because of its stimulating properties, ginger is used to revive and enhance the function of various organ systems.

Topically, it is used to stimulate blood flow and heat in the treated area. It increases circulation and sweating.

Common Uses in Dogs

Taken internally, the fresh root is sweat inducing and is therefore an excellent herb to dispel toxins through sweat. It is beneficial for dogs that are in poor health - with poor appetite; poor blood circulation; and a deep and slow pulse.

The fresh root's antispasmodic property makes it a good herb for coughs, nausea, stomach pain, and lower back pain. If your dog suffers from motion sickness, ginger can be used to treat the problem (see below) by working as an anti-vomiting and anti-nausea agent.

The dried root can alleviate digestive problems, such as diarrhea, colic, and flatulence.

In addition, dried ginger root can be used as an herbal antioxidant and a tonic to enhance digestive health - it is especially beneficial to older dogs whose digestive systems are a bit sluggish. Just sprinkle some ginger powder on the dog's food.

Used topically, ginger can be made into a poultice for the treatment of muscle pains and strains. The essential oil of ginger can be used to make arthritis massage oil blends.

Puppies

Making a Ginger Glycerite

This versatile ginger glycerite can be used for different purposes. Used internally, it can prevent motion sickness or nausea, enhance digestion, and treat coughs. Used topically, it can be applied to minor burns and scalds after the skin has been cooled with cold water.

Here is how to make it:

  • Loosely fill a jar with chopped fresh ginger root.
  • Fill the jar to the top with vegetable glycerine.
  • Seal the jar and leave it in a warm room for at least 6 weeks, shaking it every few days.

If your dog has motion sickness, give this glycerite to her about 20 minutes before getting on the car, preferably on an empty stomach.

Recommended dosage is 1/2 teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight.

References
J.A. Duke, The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Comprehensive Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing (Rodale Books, 2000).
C.J. Puotinen, Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats (Keats Publishing, 1999).
R. Kidd, Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care (Storey Publishing, 2000).
M.L. Wulff-Tilford and G.L. Tilford, Herbs for Pets (Bowtie Press, 1999).