How Medicinal Mushrooms Can Fight Cancer in Pets: A Comprehensive Guide

Hello, I’m Dr. Andrew Jones. If you’re seeking to enhance your knowledge about natural pet health and wellness, you’ve landed in the right place.

Today, I’ll share crucial insights into the use of medicinal mushrooms for treating cancer in pets. These fungi have been revered for their healing properties for thousands of years, providing not just nutrition but also being utilized in the treatment of infectious diseases and various types of cancers. Interestingly, a 5,000-year-old mummy was even found with a birch, indicating the ancient use of these mushrooms.


The Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms contain a plethora of beneficial components such as alkaloids, flavonoids, terpenes, and particularly polysaccharides like beta-glucan, which is renowned for its immune-stimulating properties. Given the vast array of mushrooms available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right type for your pet. Therefore, I want to simplify this choice by highlighting the five most potent medicinal mushrooms for cancer treatment in pets.


Top Five Medicinal Mushrooms for Pets

  1. Turkey Tail Mushroom (Trametes versicolor) Turkey Tail is scientifically known as Trametes versicolor and has been a staple in Asian medicine for centuries. Recent studies have underscored its effectiveness against cancer, making it part of conventional treatment regimens in Japan for cancers like colon and breast cancer. The polysaccharides PSP and PSK are believed to be responsible for its anti-cancer properties. In dogs, particularly those with hemangiosarcoma, Turkey Tail has been shown to extend survival times significantly. It’s also a safe supplement, with minimal side effects and well-tolerated by most dogs and cats. The typical dosage is about 100 milligrams per 10 pounds of body weight daily.

  2. Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) Known as the ‘king of mushrooms’, Reishi contains many of the same beneficial polysaccharides as Turkey Tail. It has been studied for its effectiveness against lung and colon cancer and certain blood cell cancers, such as lymphoma and leukemia. The studies suggest that Reishi can induce apoptosis, or cancer cell death, making it a viable adjunct therapy for these conditions. For pets, the recommended dose is 50 milligrams per 10 pounds of body weight daily.

  3. Chaga Mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) Chaga grows on living birch trees and is rich in antioxidants and betulinic acid, which contribute to its anti-cancer properties. Research has shown that Chaga can arrest the cell cycle and increase apoptosis in dog bladder cancer, suggesting its potential as an alternative treatment. Chaga is also safe for pets, and for a 20-pound dog, a quarter teaspoon of ground Chaga daily is typical, or it can be brewed as a tea.

  4. Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) Lion’s Mane is beneficial for brain health and nerve repair, which is crucial for pets with cognitive dysfunction or nerve damage. While also having anti-cancer properties, it’s predominantly known for promoting nerve growth. The typical dose for pets is 50 milligrams per 20 pounds of body weight daily.

  5. Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa) Maitake is commonly used in Asia and known for its immune-stimulating and anti-cancer properties. It has been shown to be effective in small scale studies against breast and colon cancer. A standard dosage is 50 to 100 milligrams per 10 pounds of body weight daily.


Medicinal mushrooms offer a promising natural treatment for various cancers in pets. Whether used individually or in combination, such as in our Immune 7 blend that includes Turkey Tail, Reishi, and Maitake, these mushrooms can significantly support your pet’s health. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, I strongly recommend considering these options.

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4 thoughts on “How Medicinal Mushrooms Can Fight Cancer in Pets: A Comprehensive Guide”

  1. I’ve searched for the last 2 products you mention for cancer I dogs – Immune 7 and the Health Supplement? Can’t find them….please help…..we’ve been given a death sentence for our Zoey..

    1. Hi Beverly, very sorry to hear about your dog’s diagnosis. Can you let us know which video you are referring to, so we can provide more information on the products you are looking for?

  2. 11 yr. old lab with grade 2 leg tumor with spindle cells. Trying panacur c 3 days on 4 days off with turkey tail, change, reishi, safflower,ecg, cur cumin. After 2 month of panacur 3 days on 4 days off, then what regiment is best with the panacur c? Also is your cbd oil or cannabinoid blend better for cancer? Thank you

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