The best mushroom supplements for dogs

Support your pup with the best mushroom supplements for dogs*

Most of us have or know someone whose best friend is not human. And many of us go above and beyond to keep our furry friends as healthy and happy as possible! Ever wondered if there are alternative supplements for your pets? Wonderful news! Puppies and other pets can also benefit from mushroom supplements. 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 has been traditionally used by humans to support 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 for use with pets to support normal liver, heart, and kidney health. It is one of the best mushroom supplements for dogs and humans!

Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes)

This popular culinary mushroom also has a supportive effect on the immune system. Shiitake helps the normal healthy function of the liver and can be great for the skin. Shiitake contains phytochemicals known to support cellular functions in pets and humans.

Reishin extract

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 can also support healthy liver and heart health in humans and dogs.

Turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor)

Turkey tail it is best known as a mushroom that supports your immune health.

How to Supplement Your Dog with Mushrooms*

To give your dog these mushrooms, feel free to mix them up 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 simmer for a few hours (cordyceps only need to simmer for 15 minutes). Another option is to slice the mushrooms and stir-fry them with meat and/or vegetables. You can also cook them in a stew or soup, similar to a decoction.

Dried mushrooms and powders can be ordered online and sometimes found in markets or health food stores. Be sure to buy good and organic sources 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.

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