Mycotherapy for animals – The healing power of mushrooms

Mycotherapy for animals – The healing power of mushrooms

We love our pets whether dog, cat or mouse.  We want our animals to grow old as healthy as possible. But how can this be achieved, with a constant increase in diseases? Mycotherapy has amazing successes to show here.

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Mykotherapie für Tiere

When we think of mushrooms, a beautiful old forest with moss-covered trees usually comes to mind. Here you can find one or the other delicacy, whether porcini or chanterelle, both end up in the basket. But mushrooms are not only tasty, the shiitake, maitake and oyster mushroom are delicious medicine mushrooms from nature. This is nevertheless only a small part from the large world of the food mushrooms and welfare mushrooms. Penicillin, for example, is obtained from a mold. The Tibetan caterpillar fungus (Cordyceps) uses caterpillars as hosts and is also considered the most powerful medicinal mushroom.

Mycotherapy for pets

Mykotherpie für HundeThe most important thing for humans and animals is prevention. So do not get sick in the first place is the motto. This means that our dear pet should first be kept according to its needs and the appropriate diet and social life play a major role. A very important point is the nutrition. Not for nothing there is the saying «You are what you eat» in all languages.
Some medicinal mushrooms support the human as well as the animal organism very well. Thus, mycotherapy can be easily incorporated into the normal course of life as a preventive measure. Reishi, for example, also called the «mushroom of immortality», already indicates its healing effect with its name. Even small amounts achieve great success. In these hectic and fast-paced times, not only we bipeds have people diseases such as burnout or allergies, even our dearest fur noses suffer from environmental pollution, genetic engineering and drug intolerances.
Even small amounts can achieve great effect in mycotherapy. Many substances play a role such as their high concentration of glycoproteins, beta-1,6-glucan, eritadenins, polysaccharides and secondary bioactives.

How are vital and medicinal mushrooms used in mycotherapy?

Most often they are enriched or added to the feed. The medicinal mushroom powder can be easily added to the usual feed. Many animals like to eat the mushrooms. The other possibility is to cook a decoction and add it to the drinking water. Great benefits to enhance the effect of medicinal mushrooms, brings the addition of vitamin C.

Quality of vital mushrooms and mycoteraphy

In mycotherapy for animals, attention must be paid to the origin of the mushrooms. Already up to 500 different pesticides, as well as heavy metals and microbiological abnormalities were found in samples from the Far East. Of course, we do not want to use such contaminated mushrooms for us or our four-legged friends.

In any case you should consult a specialist.


Weight Species Mushroom powder extract
Bis 10 kg Dog  Max. 1 g max. 250-300 mg
10-20 kg Dog 2 g 500-600 mg
20-40 kg Hund 3 g 1000-1200 mg
bis 5 kg Cat 1 g 250-300 mg
5-10 kg Cat 2 g 500-600 mg
bis 300 kg Pony 3 g 1000-1200 mg
ab 500 kg Horse 4 g 1200-1800 mg
Rodents 500 mg 125-250 mg
Birds 250 mg 125 mg

What else is important in mycoterapy?

The shiitake should not be used in case of existing cardiac and/or renal insufficiency due to its high potassium content.

The Judas ear should not be used if the animal is to become pregnant or already is.