This is an interesting question. In the United States alone, there are over 78 million dogs. Most dog owners rely on traditional veterinarians for advice, give their pets pharmaceutical drugs just to prevent various conditions such as heart worms, and feed them highly processed foods – foods that are full of unnatural ingredients.
One of our employees’ pet, a 12-year-old golden retriever, died of liver cancer. He got three solid walks per day, could roam around in the backyard, and got psychologically nourishing attention at all times. And yet, he died prematurely. Why?
Could this be because of potential toxicity in pet food and pet medicine?
While it might be costly to start feeding your pet organic food and find natural cures to all canine diseases, medicinal mushrooms might be able to help!
Just like medicinal mushrooms and their active ingredient, beta glucan, have proven to boost the human immune system and immune cell response (increase in killer cell production), the same might just apply to dogs as well.
Should you just start breaking a few capsules of beta glucan supplements to your pet’s food on a daily basis? Or should you force feed mushroom extract and inject it directly to your dog’s mouth?
Who knows! There are no real parameters or recommended dosages for canine use of beta glucan or medicinal mushrooms. You could ask your veterinarian, but he or she would probably not know. However, you might find out whether dogs are allergic to mushrooms.
Some cutting edge companies have recognized the niche and have started marketing beta glucan containing blends to pets. K9 Pet Assist markets its K-9 Immunity Plus™ formula which contains beta glucan as well. Some material online stated that K9 Immunity Plus™ is to be used in connection to conventional chemo- and radiation therapy in canine patients undergoing treatment for cancer; and that it might help adult dogs offset the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and for the avoidance of neutropenia and resultant opportunistic infections associated with conventional cancer treatments.
However, the company’s website clearly indicates that the company’s products are not intended to be used as treatment for canine cancer and simply boost the pet’s immune system.
Please do your own research, consult your veterinarian and have him/her consider the pros and cons of feeding your pet immune boosting ingredients, such as beta glucan. It just might save your pet’s life – at least if dogs respond to medicinal mushrooms the same way as other test animals!
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