Can dogs eat Reishi?

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Overview

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Can dogs eat reishi mushrooms? Yes, reishi mushrooms are one of the healthiest mushrooms for dogs. They have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that alleviate joint pains and prevent liver problems. But do not let dogs overeat these mushrooms as it might lead them to have digestive upset.

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Reishi has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is known for its health benefits.
  • This fungus has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent joint pains, especially for arthritic dogs.
  • Reishi is packed with antioxidants that help boost the immune system. In addition, it has triterpenoids which have anti-cancer properties and help prevent tumor growth in dogs.
  • Reishi cleanses and detoxes the liver to prevent liver diseases in dogs.
  • It also has natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that help dogs protect against infections.

Risks

health-risks
  • Reishi is woody and highly fibrous, which can cause choking to dogs when eaten raw.
  • Fresh raw reishi has a slightly bitter taste and might not be palatable for some dogs.
  • Consuming large doses of reishi can cause dogs to have digestive discomfort such as diarrhea.
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Servings

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  • Reishi is a woody mushroom, and it's typically prepared as a hot water extract, often as a beverage or soup.
  • Avoid giving your dog raw reishi; if you want to add reishi to your dog's diet, it is best to choose the powdered form or reishi supplement specially formulated for dogs.
  • Because of reishi's anti-clotting effects, avoid giving it to dogs on blood-thinning drugs.
  • Always get professional advice from a veterinarian before using a plant medicinally for your dog.

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