Can Dogs Eat Ginger? Is It Safe?

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Yes, dogs can eat ginger, but only in small quantities. As long as dogs eat ginger in the right amount, it gives them many benefits

Give your dog a small amount of ginger and wait. You may notice some of the symptoms, such as rashes, increased itching, and inflamed red skin. If that’s the case, call your vet immediately!

How to Give Ginger to Your Dog

You can give ginger to dogs using various methods, such as pills, raw root, tincture, and powder. 

Before you give it to your dog as a raw root, make sure you peel the skin and then cut the yellow part of the root into small pieces.

By cutting them into small pieces, you make sure that they cannot cause any blockages. 

Most people prefer to avoid all this and just get the ginger powder and mix it with the dog’s food.

When to Avoid Giving Ginger to Dogs

As much as there are benefits that come with giving ginger to dogs, you have to make sure that it is safe for the dog to consume the ginger. Especially if:

  • It is pregnant or lactating
  • There are plans for it to get surgery
  • It has anaemia
  • Your dog is taking medication
  • It has diabetes
  • Your dog has underlying kidney and liver issues

It would be safer for you to consult a vet before giving ginger to your dog to be on the safe side.

Benefits of Ginger 

Studies have shown that giving ginger to dogs has many benefits to their health. Some of the benefits include:

Bloat

This is when your dog’s stomach expands due to pressure buildup. Air, fluid, or food causes it. Bloat leads to a condition known as gastric dilation-volvulus, which is life-threatening.

You may see the following symptoms on a dog that is bloating:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Pale gums
  • Enlarged abdomen
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Retching
  • Excessive drooling

During the early stages of bloating, ginger comes in handy. This is because it stimulates movement in the stomach. This helps the stomach contents move out quickly, therefore preventing a buildup.

Nausea

Cancer treatment and motion sickness are some reasons your dog may be vomiting or feeling nauseous.

Ginger works for dogs the same way that dimenhydrinate works for humans [1]. To treat motion sickness and nausea, veterinarians prescribe it. [2]

Ginger contains compounds that have an anti-nausea effect. If your dog gets car sick, give it ginger approximately 30 minutes before you get in the car.

Signs of nausea include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Panting
  • Lip smacking or licking
  • Drinking less water
  • Odd facial expression

Arthritis

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory [3] and adding it to the food you feed your dogs helps ease the symptoms of arthritis.

Flatulence

Dogs have to pass gas. Most of the time, the gas is stinky. A little gas is normal, but if there is a buildup of gas, it becomes uncomfortable and causes major issues for your dog.

Swallowing air when drinking or eating and the release of digestive gases as food breaks down are some of the reasons your dog may have gas.

Ginger prevents gas from building up in the digestive tract of your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Ginger Biscuits

ginger biscuits

In case your dog snaffles a ginger biscuit and eats it, there will be no immediate harm. However, it should not be eating a ginger biscuit as a treat or because you’re having one, you give it to your dog.

The nutritional value and ingredients of ginger biscuits may vary between brands, but they rarely have anything that would be toxic to dogs. Especially if there is no nutmeg.

The fat and sugar levels in ginger biscuits may be too much for your dog. If they somehow manage to get their paws on the biscuits, make sure they do not eat a whole biscuit.

If it seems to like the biscuits so much, make your own ginger biscuits that are safe for your dog to eat. 

Make sure that the salt level is below three percent. Let the dog have the biscuit as a snack and not as a major meal.

Can Dogs Eat Ginger Cake?

ginger cake

This is not something that you should be regularly feeding your dog. Although the ingredients used to make ginger cake may vary depending on the brand, most of them do not contain nutmeg.

The problem is, they have too much oil, butter, sugar, golden syrup, and treacle that make it too fatty, sugary, and rich for your dog to eat.

They are far from healthy for dogs to eat. A tiny piece or if they lick the crumbs should do your dog no harm.

Can Dogs Eat Pickled Ginger?

pickled ginger

Although pickled ginger is not harmful to your dog, you should not offer it to them. This is because pickled foods have citric acid and vinegar that most dogs do not like to taste.

They also used salt in many pickled goods, and too much salt is not good for your dog. There are brands of pickled ginger that use sweeteners.

Watch out for xylitol as it is found in such brands and is toxic to dogs.

Instead of giving pickled ginger to your dog, give it dried ginger or a raw ginger root. They do not contain any additional ingredients that may be harmful to your dog.

Can Dogs Drink Ginger Ale?

ginger ale

When most people have trouble with their stomachs, they turn to ginger ale. If your dog is feeling queasy, or you want to share your ginger ale with it, it’s not a good idea.

Carbonated soft drinks can make the life of your pet more complicated.

Ginger ale is a junk drink that contains a considerable amount of dubious chemicals and high fructose corn syrup. These acids, along with the carbonation, will do nothing to soothe your dog’s stomach.

They will do more harm than good and end up causing canine obesity. Instead of giving your dog ginger ale, give it a lot of fresh water and space and watch it thrive.

Can Dogs Eat Gingerbread?

ginger bread

No, do not feed your dog gingerbread. Avoid feeding it gingerbread at all costs. This is because gingerbread has nutmeg in it. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs.

Gingerbread also has a lot of fat and sugar. It is important that you carefully watch the levels of sugar, fat, and salt that your dog consumes.

If you are eating gingerbread and your dog happens to feed on the crumbs, do not worry. It takes a significant nutmeg and gingerbread to put it in real danger. If it eats a lot of it, take it to the vet immediately.

If your dog eats a lot of gingerbread, it will get nutmeg poisoning. Signs of nutmeg poisoning include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Disorientation
  • High blood pressure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Increased heart rate

What Are the Risk Factors Associated With Ginger?

Information regarding the risk factors associated with giving ginger to dogs is limited. This is because the number of studies that have been carried out is few.

It is important to make sure that you do not give ginger to dogs that are allergic to it. As safety with animals that have gallbladder disease has not yet been established, ensure that you are cautious with the way you give them ginger or products that have ginger in them.

Keep ginger away from your dog if it has any blood disease or a known blood disorder.

How Much Ginger Should You Give Your Dog?

Weight1-10 Ibs10-20 Ibs20-50 Ibs50-100 IbsOver 100 Ibs
Capsule½ a capsule1-3 times a day½ -1 capsule1-3 times a day1-2 capsules2-3 times a day1-2 capsules3-4 times a dayAdult human dose
Ginger teaLess than ¼ of a cup1-3 times a day¼ of a cup1-3 times a day¼ to 1/2of a cup1-3 times a day½ to 1 cup1-3 times a day1 cup1-3 times a day
Tincture1-3 drops2-3 times a day3-5 drops2-3 times a day5-10 drops2-3 times a day20 drops2-3 times a dayAdult human dose
Powdered ginger⅛ of a teaspoon⅛ -¼ of a teaspoon1 teaspoon2 teaspoonsUp to 1 tablespoon

Should You Monitor Any Interaction Between Your Dog And Ginger?

As long as your dog is healthy and takes the required amount of ginger, there is no need for you to monitor. 

However, your vet may need to monitor it if it has an underlying medical condition to make sure that it is not harmed.

How to Store Ginger?

If you buy a lot of ginger for your dog, it may present you with the problem of where and how to store it so that it does not spoil.

A cool dry place, such as the fridge, is the best place to store your ginger. Put it in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag before putting it in the refrigerator. You can also peel it and place it in the freezer.

The Bottom Line

Ginger is safe for dogs to eat in small amounts. However, there is a small percentage of dogs that may have allergic reactions to ginger when it gets into contact with their skin.

Make sure that it is safe for your dog to consume ginger before giving it to them especially if they are under medication, have underlying medical issues or they are allergic to it.

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Andrei Bratu
Andrei is the owner of Dog Food Camp and manages the team of expert writers on the site. He is passionate about helping dog lovers learn about canine nutrition.

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