Dogs On Shrooms
Updated: Aug 31
This may sound a bit weird right? You’re probably thinking “aren’t mushrooms toxic?!”.
Well… there are 4 types of mushrooms:
The ones I am discussing are the medicinal or culinary mushrooms NOT the backyard mushrooms that you're taught not to eat!
⚠️Toxic mushrooms can be hard to identify if wildcrafting so mushrooms should always be purchased from a reliable source.
Mushrooms are fungi that are added to the vegetable category. These fungi have been used in Traditional Chinese medicine for the medicinal properties of mushrooms for centuries.
Benefits Of Mushrooms
Mushrooms are filled with antioxidants that help the body fight against free radicals which play a major role in heart disease and cancer! Antioxidants also help aid in slowing aging effects and turbo boost the immune system. Mushrooms happen to be very rich in the antioxidant called selenium!
Mushrooms are a major anti-cancer food and this is due to Beta-glucan, which is the active medicinal property. Beta-glucan is a soluble fiber (a polysaccharide). It’s found in the cell walls of certain substances, especially mushrooms. Beta-glucan is also found in many types of seaweed, algae, some cereals (grains), and yeast. However, only beta-glucan from certain mushrooms has immune-modulating and anti-tumor properties.
Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms are said to have the most Beta-Glucan properties out of the mushrooms kingdom.
A study done by Penn State studied the effects on hemangiosarcoma, a type of cancer, and found that dogs treated along with turkey tail mushroom had the longest survival time than any dog reported with the disease!
Some say that beta-glucans are the oldest immune stimulating foods that we know of! This is due to the powerful effects beta-glucan has on the immune system. Beta-glucans bind and help specific immune cells attack the body's invaders.
So, when dogs are fed beta-glucans the immune cells become more active, powerful, and effective at attacking and destroying invaders!
Mushrooms are jam-packed with B vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid. The combination of these 3 is fantastic for heart health!
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is a water-soluble vitamin that is needed for energy production, coenzyme activity, cell function, and growth and development.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) is another water-soluble vitamin that's essential for regulating digestion, stress responses, boost brain function, and DNA repair.
Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) is also a water-soluble vitamin and is needed for coenzymes, carrier proteins, metabolism, and helps convert fats, carbs, and proteins into energy.
Looking For Shrooms
There is, unfortunately, a common practice where companies will only grow and add the mycelium and only a small part of the mushroom in the supplement with the actual medicinal properties. To have the most potent effect you must ensure you're feeding the mycelium and the fruiting body.
The fruiting body is what contains the beta-glucan and makes the mushroom so medicinally powerful! Without it, there's really no medicinal benefits.
A 2017 study actually tested 19 mushroom products on the market. Not surprisingly, only 5 tested in accordance with their labels. That means only 5 of the 19 could be identified as mushrooms. The study concluded, “the quality consistency of G. lucidum dietary supplements in the U.S. market was poor.”
⚠️It’s important to be aware that not all mushrooms are grown the same. Many companies will only grow the mycelium which is made in a lab (grown on grains like oats and rice rather than on wood) and only a small part of the mushroom with significantly lower medicinal properties.
Companies such as Four Leaf Rover & Wildly Blended (Use code "GSDSTORMY10" to save!) add in the fruiting body into their mushroom supplement to ensure the mushrooms deliver the most powerful punch of nutrients and benefits!
But the easiest way to ensure a quality mushroom supplement is making your own Mushroom Broth!
Mushroom Broth Recipe
1 cup of mushrooms
Butter, ghee, or tallow
Silicone Molds (optional)
My favorite mushrooms to use are:
Most of these can easily be found dehydrated or fresh at your local grocery store. Try to get your hand on some organic mushrooms to reduce the toxic load on your dog's body! I'll be using oyster and shiitake mushrooms today.
Chop 1 cup of mushrooms into cubes and set aside
Heat 2 TBS of fat in a saucepan
I used homemade tallow from my most recent bone broth batch. The recipe is here!
3. Sautee mushrooms until soft
4. Pour 2 cups of FILTERED water over sauteed mushroom
5. Simmer for 20-30 minutes on low
6. After simmering, let the mixture completely cool
7. Pour mixture into a blender and blend until smooth
8. Pour liquid into silicone molds and feed!
Small Dogs: 1/2-2/4 tsp
Medium Dogs: 1-1.5 tsp
Large Dogs: 1.5-2 tsp
Giant Dogs: 2 tsp
Mushrooms are one of my top favorite whole food additions to add into any dog's meal whether they're kibble fed or raw fed! As always, I hope you enjoyed and Always Keep Exploring!