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Turkey Tail Mushrooms For Dogs

Many pet parents believe that mushrooms are toxic and that dogs should never eat them. Though some species of this fungus can be dangerous and even deadly, one mushroom, the Turkey Tail mushroom, has many amazing health benefits for dogs.

Turkey Tail mushrooms are good for dogs. In fact, these fantastic little mushrooms help dogs fight infection, boost liver function, and even combat cancer. Best of all, they are safe and easy to administer.

Health Benefits Of Turkey Tail Mushroom

Turkey Tail mushrooms (Trametes Versicolor) have been used as medicinal mushrooms for centuries. Their active ingredients are polysaccharides, proteins, and glycoproteins. The most common medical indications for Turkey Tail mushrooms are their anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting properties. 

Fighting Cancer 

Likely the most important use of Turkey Tail mushrooms for dogs is for their cancer-fighting properties. The mushrooms have been given in veterinary medicine, both traditional and holistic, for many years. They are often given in conjunction with other treatments to aid in the battle against cancer. 

Several published research studies show the positive effects of Turkey Tail mushrooms when used in humans with cancer.

Turkey Tail Mushrooms have shown effectiveness against prostate and breast cancer in humans.

Other studies in humans have shown positive effects in stomach cancer and against various non-specific cancers.  

These researchers have theorized that Turkey Tail mushrooms’ antibacterial and antioxidant properties are responsible for the positive outcomes for these cancer patients

In dogs, Turkey Tail mushrooms are most commonly used in patients diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive and malignant tumor derived from the cells that line the blood vessels. 

Dogs with hemangiosarcoma that were treated with Turkey Tail mushrooms in addition to their regular cancer treatment have survival times, on average, 113 days longer than dogs not treated with Turkey Tail mushrooms. 

Boosting Overall Health

Everyday life is hard on our bodies, and it is no different for our pets. Free radicals found in the environment are constantly bombarding our cells and tissues and doing damage. 

Turkey Tail mushrooms contain high levels of powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants inhibit and reverse the oxidative stress that free radicals cause in the body. 

Turkey Tail mushrooms contain thirty-five different antioxidants as well as flavonoids and phenols, which also aid in repairing free radical damage.

The major Traditional Chinese Medicine Zang Fu Organs and Systems that are protected and repaired by Turkey Tail mushrooms include:

Turkey Tail Mushrooms Are Antibacterial

Many dogs suffer from common and chronic disorders that can interfere with their lives and their happiness.  Some common ailments are: 

Turkey Tail mushrooms can be very beneficial for dogs with these conditions, for both treatment and prevention. The antibaterial properties of the mushroom work to fight the unerlying bacterial infections that cause these issues in dogs.

Turkey Tail Mushrooms Boost The Immune System 

Packed inside these magical mushrooms are substances called beta-glucans. These chemicals stimulate cells within the dog’s immune system to aid in fighting disease. This helps:

Research has shown that Turkey Tail mushrooms also aid immune function through functioning as a prebiotic. 

The role of a prebiotic is to provide nutrients for the friendly, beneficial bacteria in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract.

These good gut bacteria aid immune system function and play a vital role in keeping the dog healthy and able to fight off infections.

With a healthy immune system, a dog is less likely to become ill with: 

High-Quality Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract Is Vital

When shopping for an all-natural supplement for yourself or your pet, getting it from a trusted source is crucial.  Counterfeit, improperly manufactured, or mislabeled products can be dangerous.  Look for a reputable seller with transparent sourcing.  

At Best Chinese Medicines, we use only the highest quality Turkey Tail mushrooms for dogs and guarantee all our products. 

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We also have an easy, hassle-free, 30-day return policy. You can feel safe and assured that you are getting the best Chinese herbal remedies for your pet.

In the case of Turkey Tail mushrooms, the supplement must be made from the fruit portion of the mushroom.

Lower-quality supplements are often made from the root portion of the mushroom (called the mycelium). Unfortunately, these products are made up primarily of mycelium and contain much lower levels of the powerful ingredients that make this such an excellent addition to your dog’s diet. 

The most critical essential ingredient is the beta-glucans that were discussed earlier. To ensure that the supplement you are purchasing has a high amount of these powerful cancer-fighters, the supplement information should state that it is made from the mushroom’s fruiting body or contains >30% beta-glucans.

Optimum Turkey Tail Mushroom Dosage For Dogs

To get the most immune-boosting and cancer-fighting power out of our excellent Turkey Tail mushroom supplement at Best Chinese Medicines, dogs are typically given 1,000 mg a day, which is two of our capsules or ½ teaspoon of our powdered product.

Exact dosing may be based on each individual’s condition, size, or age. Specific dosing questions should be directed to your pet’s veterinarian, and this article in no way constitutes medical advice. 

Side Effects Of Turkey Tail Mushroom In Dogs 

Raw Turkey Tail mushrooms are very hard for a dog to digest and may cause gastrointestinal distress. Avoiding this side effect is why a supplement is the preferred administration form for Turkey Tail mushrooms. 

In the form of capsules and powders, Turkey Tail mushroom supplements have few, if any, reported side effects.  

Some dogs with extremely sensitive gastrointestinal tracts may still experience stomach pain, gas, or mild bloating. If this occurs, the supplement may be administered soaked in hot water as a broth. 

If the side effects persist, pet parents should discontinue the supplement, and a veterinarian should be consulted.

As with any medication or supplement, if your dog is pregnant, nursing, or has a medical condition, contact your veterinarian before administering Turkey Tail mushroom supplements.

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About the Author

Jamie Whittenburg DVM

Jamie Whittenburg DVM

Dr. Jamie Whittenburg, DVM. is originally from Lubbock, TX. She attended undergraduate school at Texas Tech University. She then spent years working as a veterinary technician in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area in both small animal and equine clinics before attending veterinary school. She graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.

Dr. Whittenburg then went on to pursue post-graduate training at Texas A&M University. Following a move back to the Metroplex, she worked as an associate veterinarian in Fort Worth before the Hub City called her home. In Lubbock, Dr. Whittenburg continued her work as an associate veterinarian and in academia.

The most exciting day in her career occurred on May 1st, 2013, when she opened her own hospital, Kingsgate Animal Hospital, in her hometown of Lubbock, TX. Recently, Dr. Whittenburg has started a freelance writing service, writing everything from blog posts to technical papers and client education articles. When not working, Dr. Whittenburg enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends.

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