What are the best mushrooms for dogs?

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Dogs really are man’s best friend, so we know you want only the best for your furry friends. We are often asked if dogs can take our products by owners looking for a natural way to support the overall health and well-being of their four-legged friends. While some mushrooms are safe for dogs, our products are made for us two– friends with legs. However, we can tell you more about the best functional mushrooms for dogs. As with your own healthy habits, it’s best to consult your dog’s veterinarian before adding anything new to his diet.

The best functional mushrooms for dogs

As with humans, dogs they should not consume raw mushrooms. Most of the “good” (aka active ingredients) are locked inside their cell walls, so you need to extract mushrooms to maximize their nutritional and herbal value. You should look for products made specifically for dogs to ensure that the extraction method is safe for them.

While dogs may lead us to believe they can eat “anything”, many foods that are healthy for us are harmful to them – such as garlic, onions, grapes and raisins, and chocolate. That said, here’s a look at some of the best functional mushrooms for dogs.

Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus)

Known as “the king of mushrooms,” Chaga is an adaptogen, so it helps the body naturally adapt to occasional stress.* (Yes, dogs can get occasional stress, too!) This mushroom is traditionally used to support the skin and of the immune system, healthy digestion and the body’s natural cleansing processes.*

Cordyceps mushroom (Cordyceps militaris)

Cordyceps is another adaptogen that supports a healthy response to occasional stress, as well as energy and stamina.* Traditional uses of Cordyceps include support for healthy stamina and energy levels, including cellular, lung health, sexual health and kidney health.* This mushroom is popular with athletes, so it may be one of the best functional mushrooms for dogs who live to chase sticks or run “zooms.”

Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus)

Lion’s mane is traditionally used to support memory and cognition (for puppies who can’t remember where they buried that bone).* Also traditionally used to support the digestive system.* This mushroom is named after his shaggy appearance. it looks like a lion’s mane… but maybe it could also be called a “sheepdog mushroom”?

Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa)

Maitake is also known as hen of the woods. It is traditionally used to support nervous system health, healthy digestive function, immune health, and cardiovascular health.* This is a mushroom easily found in grocery stores. If you’re cooking some for dinner, you can make it for your pup too. But, whenever you serve mushrooms to dogs, leave out all the salt, oils and seasonings. Steam them and then let them cool!

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)

Reishi is another adaptogenic mushroom.* Known as the “queen” of mushrooms, it is traditionally used to support the immune, cardiovascular and nervous systems. liver and kidney health; and a natural transitional sleep and relaxation.* Also known as the “10,000-year mushroom” and traditionally used for longevity.* It is one of the best functional mushrooms for senior dogs.

Shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes)

Shiitake mushrooms are another of the best functional mushrooms for dogs — they’re packed with nutrients, including some B vitamins and vitamin D. Their traditional uses include immune, liver, and cardiovascular health support.*

Turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor)

Turkey Tail is a mushroom that has long been used to support the immune system and liver health.* In addition, Turkey Tail mushroom also offers gut support.* Like all mushrooms, it contains prebiotic fiber, which they help nourish the healthy gut flora.

So there you have it — a list of some of the best functional mushrooms for dogs. Did any of your favorites make the list?

Why are our tinctures not dog approved? Our mushroom extracts undergo a double extraction of water, known as decoction, and alcohol, known as tincture. The active compounds in mushrooms are both alcohol-soluble (triterpenes) and water-soluble (beta-glucans). To get full-spectrum support from mushrooms, we extract our mushrooms with organic sugar cane alcohol and hot water, then carefully combine the two. Although this is optimal for humans, dogs should not consume alcohol, even in small amounts. This is really good news for you as you won’t have to share it!

Do these mushrooms all sound familiar? This is likely because they are included in the best-selling Daily 10. Available in a convenient organic tincture made with 100% organic mushroom fruiting bodies — no fillers, grains or fluff!

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