Support Your Pup with the Best Mushroom Supplements for Dogs*
Most of us have or know of someone whose best friend isn’t human. And many of us go above and beyond to keep our furry friends as healthy and happy as possible! Ever wonder if there are alternative supplements for your pets? Great news! Pups and other pets can benefit from mushroom supplements too. Often overlapping with what supports humans, here are the best mushroom supplements for dogs and how to administer them.
Best Mushroom Supplements for Dogs: Maitake, Reishi, Shiitake*
Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa)
Maitake is traditionally used by humans for supporting heart health. Maitake is also great for supporting the immune system for pets as well as humans.
Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
Reishi is commonly referred to as the “mushroom of immortality” in Chinese herbalism. In general, reishi mushrooms are good to use with pets to support normal liver, heart, and kidney health. It's one of the best mushroom supplements for dogs and humans alike!
Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes)
This popular culinary mushroom also has a supportive effect on the immune system. Shiitake assists in normal healthy liver function can be great for the skin. Shiitake contains phytochemicals known to support cellular functions in pets and humans.
More of the Best Functional Mushroom Supplements for Dogs: Cordyceps and Turkey Tail*
Cordyceps mushroom (Cordyceps militaris)
Cordyceps is a powerful adaptogenic mushroom used to support energy and help your adrenal system adapt to occasional stress. While supporting the body’s ATP (adenosine triphosphate production) and lung capacity, Cordyceps helps us promote oxygenation in the body and is used to promote energy in humans and dogs. Cordyceps also can support a healthy liver and heart health in humans and dogs.
Turkey Tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor)
Turkey tail is most well known as a mushroom to support your immune health.
How to Give Mushroom Supplements to Your Dog*
To give your dog these mushrooms, feel free to combine them, or try one at a time. Many of the best mushroom supplements for dogs help support the immune system with overlapping properties, but one or two may stand out more than others.
One way to incorporate these mushrooms is to make a mushroom tea or decoction. This can be done by putting dried mushrooms (⅓ cup) in a pot of water (1 cup). Bring to a boil and let simmer for a couple of hours (cordyceps should only be simmered 15 minutes). Another option is to slice up the mushroom and fry them with meat and/or vegetables. You can also cook them in stew or soup, similar to the decoction.
Dried mushrooms and powders can be ordered online and sometimes found at markets or health food stores. Make sure to buy well-sourced and organic whenever you can.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.