Are Mushrooms Good for Dogs?
These fungi can be both edible, poisonous, medicinal, and cause hallucinations. It’s important to keep reading before picking a random mushroom from your yard and feeding it to your dog.
Mushrooms have been used for centuries for both their nutritional benefits and as a natural remedy. Mushrooms are packed with minerals, vitamins, protein, enzymes, glycogen, beta-D-glucans, and antioxidants. These little gems also help to boost the immune system. According to the National Cancer Institute, the antioxidant content in mushrooms may help prevent various forms of cancer.
Some of the best medicinal mushrooms for dogs include Reishi, Shiitake, Maitake, Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Chaga, Lion’s Mane, King Trumpet, and Himematsutake. As with all foods, how the mushrooms are raised is extremely important. This is defiantly one ingredient I would want to be organic. Non-organic mushrooms are notorious for carrying heavy metals and pesticides.
Feeding your dog fresh, organic mushrooms isn’t a bad thing, but if you are trying to supply your dog with the most health benefits, dried, a powder form or tincture would be best. The sheer quantity of fresh mushrooms you would have to feed vs. condensed form may be overwhelming to your dog’s system. Not to say I haven’t added a bunch of raw mushrooms to Dexter’s stews, because I have. 🙂
Personally, I won’t feed Dexter any other mushroom type that is not listed above before researching. Any mushroom I find in the yard or on a walk is a no-no for Dexter. Not to say there may not be other safe mushroom varieties, but until I know that, I’ll stay clear.
I have been rotating an organic mushroom powder blend and mushroom tinctures into Dexter’s meals. I do an on-off. One week on and one variety, one week off then a new variety. That’s just the way I roll.
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