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Mushroom Supplements For Pets

September 15 2023

Did you know that mushroom supplements can be very good for pets? These aren’t as well-known as other supplements, but they are gaining ground and with good reason: they can safely and effectively treat many different issues. An Aurora CO vet offers some information on mushroom supplements in this article. 

What Are The Benefits Of Medicinal Mushroom Supplements?

Medicinal mushrooms are gaining popularity for some very good reasons. Mushrooms are safe, effective, and packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They’re also known to have anti-viral, anti-tumor, and anti-bacterial properties. 

Are There Side Effects To Medicinal Mushroom Supplements?

Most pets experience few or no side effects from mushrooms, but there are a few possible ones. These include diarrhea, rashes, and vomiting. More serious side effects would include increased thirst, reduced appetite, weakness, and even seizure. Monitor Fido closely at first, pay close attention to dosages and recommended schedules, and contact your vet immediately if anything seems off. 

What Are Mushroom Supplements Used For? 

Mushroom supplements can be used to treat a whole slew of medical conditions. These include arthritis, cancer, blood disorders, digestive problems, nervous system issues, liver and kidney disease, and even diabetes. Ask your vet for more information.

What Mushrooms Are Good For My Dog? 

Veterinary treatment options should always be offered on a case-by-case basis, after the pet has been properly diagnosed. The mushroom supplements that will work best for Fido depends on his age, health, and condition. For instance, Reishi mushrooms are often used for pets with liver, kidney, or heart problems. Lion’s Mane is often used for senior dogs, as it contains a strong antioxidant that supports healthy brain function. Caterpillar mushrooms support kidney and liver function, and boost immunity, Turkey Tail is a good choice for pups with certain cancers, while Chaga may be the best option for pups with allergies, immune deficiencies, diabetes, and digestive issues. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

How Can I Ensure Mushrooms Are Safe?

Mushrooms are definitely not something to experiment with. Never let your canine companion consume wild mushrooms: many are highly toxic, and some are even deadly! We also strongly recommend going through a retailer that makes supplements specifically for pets. Not only will you be assured that the mushrooms were identified properly, this also helps ensure proper dosages. You also should never give Fido mushrooms—or any other supplement—without consulting your veterinarian. 

Do you have questions about medicinal mushroom supplements? Contact us, your Aurora CO pet hospital, today! 

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