Species: Dog Breed: schnauzer minature Age: 2-5 years
I make dog biscuits to sell at craft shows and with xmas coming up sooner than we realize i want to make gingerbread shaped cookies but first i need to know if ginger is safe for a dog..........thanks Jane
Dr. Marie replied:
Well that's in interesting question!
I have to admit that I wasn't completely sure of the answer, so I did some research for you on VIN (which is a place where tens of thousands of vets discuss veterinary issues.)
There are a number of vets that recommend giving ginger to dogs who have issues with nausea. (Whether or not it works for that purpose is still debatable. I know ginger did not help me when I had morning sickness during pregnancy!)
I found no evidence at all that ginger was toxic to dogs. It is perfectly safe for you to use in dog treats.
What I can't tell you though is whether or not dogs like ginger. I would definitely try a test batch out on some hungry dogs first before mass producing! :)
I hope you sell lots of cookies at the craft shows!
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