It’s no secret that we’re nuts about medicinal mushrooms for wellness. But did you know that they can help your non-human family members live their best lives, too? That’s right — medicinal mushrooms can have great benefits for your dog. Keep reading to find out our recommendations for your four-legged bestie.
Medicinal mushrooms for dogs | safety first
As we know, there are over 2000 species of mushroom in the world — and not all of them are safe for human consumption. The same is true for your dog. In fact, we recommend speaking to your vet before you start giving your dog medicinal mushrooms (or any supplement).
Basically, the mushroom species that are safe for humans are generally safe for pups. But while we whole-heartedly recommend chopping up raw shiitakes for your salad, we don’t recommend raw mushrooms for dogs.
That’s because some dogs can struggle to digest mushrooms, thanks to the chitin found in the cell walls (of mushrooms — not dogs). The good news is, our dual extraction process makes short work of those pesky polysaccharides and gives your pup access to medicinal mushrooms’ beneficial compounds. These include the beta-D-glucans, triterpenes, and sterols that can contribute to your dog’s wellbeing.
Medicinal mushrooms for dogs | the good stuff
Mushrooms are nutritional powerhouses. And all that goodness can help dogs as well as humans. They’re a great source of:
Vitamins: B complex, folic acid, pro-vitamin D
Minerals: potassium, selenium, sulfur, sodium, geranium, zinc, phosphorus Sugars: mannitol, xylose, glucose, galactose, mannose Protein: essential amino acids Lipids: phospholipids, sterols, sterol esters, free fatty acids, mono-, di- and triglycerides Enzymes: antibacterial, proteolytic Polysaccharides: glycogen, beta-D-glucans, chitin Essential oils: triterpenes
Medicinal mushroom for dogs
Remember, it’s not a good idea to feed your dog raw mushrooms. But our easy formulas make it easy to pop some mushroomy goodness in your dog’s food. Start with a low dose, like ½ tsp for a 35kg dog.