Many dog owners have wondered about the safety of giving their dog ginger biscuits.
After all, if humans can enjoy them, why shouldn’t our pets?
However, before you give your dog a ginger biscuit, it’s important to understand the potential risks associated with this snack.
Ginger biscuits contain high amounts of sugar making them unsuitable for dogs. The sugar content can cause digestive disturbances in some dogs, leading to an upset stomach or diarrhea. Additionally, if a dog consumes too many ginger biscuits they may suffer from weight gain and have difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels.
The benefits of ginger for dogs
Ginger is actually quite beneficial for dogs when given in moderation.
It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help reduce joint pain and improve digestion.
Furthermore, many dog owners believe that ginger can potentially help with motion sickness and nausea.
However, too much ginger can be dangerous for a dog as it may cause digestive issues like an upset stomach or diarrhea.
To ensure your dog doesn’t consume too much at once, keep in mind that the recommended dose is no more than one teaspoon per day for small dogs and no more than two teaspoons per day for larger breeds.
The ingredients in biscuits are often unsuited to dogs
In addition to the sugar content, ginger biscuits also contain other ingredients that may not be suitable for dogs.
Most ginger biscuit recipes contain butter, which is high in fat and can cause an upset stomach.
Additionally, many biscuit mixes contain nuts and other ingredients that are not easily digestible for dogs.
They can often contain artificial additives, such as preservatives and flavourings which, although suitable for humans, can cause digestive and other problems for dogs.
Ginger biscuits are not recommended
The bottom line is that, although ginger can have some benefits for dogs, the source of this should not be ginger biscuits.
Biscuits are best kept for humans due to their sugary content, unsuitable ingredients and risk of digestive problems.
Rather than feeding your dog ginger biscuits, try giving them a small amount of fresh or dried ginger instead.
This way you can ensure that your pet gets the benefits without any of the unhealthy side effects.
If in doubt, always speak to your vet for advice before introducing a new food into your dog’s diet.
We all like to treat our dogs from time to time and there are many good sources of dog treats.
Human foods such as biscuits, that contain high levels of sugar, are not recommended and have the potential to do more harm than good.
Fresh or dried ginger is a safer alternative to treats such as ginger biscuits, but should still be given in moderation.