Ginger is considered a very healthy food with many health benefits. That is, for us humans. Ginger helps relieve gastrointestinal and stomach problems. Some studies have also shown that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. So, is it a healthy food for our dogs, too?
Traditional gingersnaps or ginger biscuits do not contain yeast. Thus, the answer is Yes. Dogs can eat ginger snaps. However, the owner should pay close attention to the dog’s reactions to the single ingredients. Commercial ginger snaps or dog products containing ginger must list the ingredients for you to check for toxic ingredients for your dog.
If you are not going to make ginger snaps yourself, it is better to double-check the list of ingredients. Yeast is a forbidden ingredient because it can produce gas inside the dog’s digestive system. Subsequently, gas causes pain. This gas can also lead to the rupture of the stomach or intestines. Then again, one of the yeast byproducts is ethanol. Depending on how much yeast the dog eats, it could be enough to cause alcohol poisoning.
Another forbidden ingredient is lactose. Ginger biscuits that contain milk and dairy products are deleterious for dogs. Dogs perfectly assimilate glucose and sucrose. Unfortunately, their digestive system can not handle lactose very well. So no milk and dairy products to avoid the onset of diabetes.
Easy Ginger Snap Recipe for Dogs
Here is a safe ginger snap recipe for your dog. Before proceeding with the preparation, make sure that your four-legged friend has tried all the ingredients. Use small portions and pieces to make them try at least once the ingredients and see how they react. Alternatively, a safer option is to do a preliminary allergic test with very tiny quantities.
This is a version of the ginger and molasses biscuits for dogs, but feel free to make variations and adjustments according to your dog’s taste.
First of all, here are the ingredients:
- Four cups of sifted all-purpose flour
- Two cups of whole wheat flour
- Half a cup of molasses (or less)
- One cup of the water
- Half a cup of vegetable oil (olive oil is preferable)
- Four tablespoons of ground ginger
- Two teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- A teaspoon of ground cloves
These ingredients will yield five or six dozen biscuits, a perfect quantity for the tables of twenty guests (provided that everyone brings their four-legged friend with them, of course).
- Sift the all-purpose and whole wheat flour
- Add the water
- Add the molasses
- Add the ground ginger, cloves, and cinnamon
- Add the vegetable oil, little by little
- Knead until you obtain a smooth and compact mixture
- If necessary, add more flour (to get a homogeneous mixture)
- Once ready, wrap in plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for half an hour
- Wait for half an hour
- Roll out a sheet about 0,2 inches (half a cm) thick with a rolling pin, helping yourself with a sprinkling of flour to prevent the dough from sticking
- With molds, shape the biscuits
- Place them on baking parchment and put the oven plate inside to cook for about 20 minutes (oven heated to 350 F or 180 C degrees) until they get a nice golden color
Dogs and Ginger
First of all, dogs can eat ginger without problems. The ginger root is not on any list of toxic foods for dogs that I know. Until proven otherwise, we can safely say that it is a safe food as well as other vegetables and greens.
Even though the impact of ginger on a dog’s diet offers fewer benefits than humans usually get, adding it to a dog’s diet can be a great choice.
Oddly enough, one of the lesser-known benefits of ginger is the ability to help dogs who have car sickness or motion sickness in general.
If your dog usually feels sick when he or she is in the back seat of your car or on a boat, give him/her some ginger before leaving. Some tests have shown that this method really works. By reducing the activity of the stomach, ginger helps the dog not to feel nauseating.
Besides, ginger is highly rich in antioxidants. The benefit of these compounds is that they can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Ginger is also known as an allergy treatment and widely used as an antihistamine.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Ginger Snaps?
Regularly adding small pieces of ginger to the dog’s diet can help lower cholesterol levels. The same anti-inflammatory properties that help humans are useful and facilitate your dog’s blood circulation, making the dog happier and healthier. Dogs do not need much ginger. Usually, a handful is more than enough for a week or two, depending on the dog’s size.
Dogs can eat ginger snaps as long as they do not contain forbidden ingredients. Owners should always double-check the list of ingredients of commercial products. There are great dog products available, but not every brand is the same.
It is critical to notice that, due to its properties, ginger is not a recommendable food for dogs suffering from anemia and other blood diseases. Also, you should not give your dog ginger if the vet prescribed blood pressure medications. Going against these recommendations could cause an imbalance in the dog’s blood circulation. Thus, it could nullify the results of any test or further analyzes the veterinarian ordered.