I've been hearing a lot about Lion's Mane Mushrooms lately.  I've been hearing that Lion's Mane mushrooms for dogs can be beneficial to dogs, just as it supposedly is for people.  A couple of my friends have given Lion's Mane mushrooms to their senior dogs and feel it's made a difference. Both had senior dogs who were experiencing some decline in cognitive ability, and were also seeing some restless behavior like pacing and whining in their older dogs.

Lion's Mane Mushrooms For Dogs.  Photo of Lion's Mane mushroom growing on tree
Lion's Mane Mushroom growing on a tree

My dog Icy recently turned 14, and she has been experiencing some of these common signs of aging in dogs as well. She paces quite a lot, especially in the backyard. She often insists on going outside many times a day, but just wanders around the perimeter of the yard. She doesn't need to potty, she's not eating grass, smelling flowers, or pursuing squirrels. She just wanders around aimlessly until we finally insist she come inside. She has recently had some hearing loss as well, which probably doesn't help her agitation. There are times when my sweet dog, who was always full of life and energy, seems a little confused.

Lion's Mane Mushrooms for Dogs  Photo of dog pacing the yard aimlessly
My senior dog Icy, pacing the yard

As people age, the ability of the brain to form connections and new brain cells (neurons) is reduced. This often leads to dementia in elderly people. Studies have found that lion’s mane mushrooms are a good source of two chemicals; hericenones and erinacines, that accelerate the growth of brain cells. 

This means Lion's Mane Mushrooms could positively impact the mental functioning of people with cognitive impairment. Many dog health professionals believe it can do the same for dogs.

I've been thinking about Lion's Mane Mushrooms, wondering if they could help my dog, and alleviate her restless behavior. I spoke to my Veterinarian about it and she agrees that Lion's Mane Mushrooms could be beneficial for a senior dog's cognitive ability. She said that if I wanted to try them for Icy, she would support my decision.


I decided to do my own research on Lion's Mane Mushrooms to learn more about what they are, and to see what other Veterinary professionals and dog owners have experienced. Here's what I found out.

They are called Lion's Mane mushrooms because they are large white mushrooms whose shape resembles a lion's mane. There are a few different species of these mushrooms, but Hericium erinaceus seems to be the most popular and available species. 


Lion's Mane mushrooms are large white mushrooms that resemble a lion's mane

Native to North America, Europe, and Asia, Lion's Mane Mushrooms have both culinary (mainly in Asian countries) and medicinal uses.

Lion's Mane Mushrooms contain thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. They are also a good source of essential minerals such as manganese, zinc, and potassium.

In a January, 2023 article in PetAge magazine, actress and animal welfare advocate Katherine Heigl  was quoted as saying 

 "Lion's mane mushrooms are a natural source of antioxidants that play an important role in the support of a healthy immune system."

I've mentioned Katherine Heigl before in this blog, because for years I've been reading about her animal welfare advocacy and her foundation, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, dedicated to animal welfare. I can see the passion she has for animals. She also has a lot of connections in the pet health industry, and access to a lot of current information on dog health from Veterinary professionals. 

Her foundation has saved many shelter pets that would likely not have survived. Her love for animals is evident, and I trust her resources, knowledge and integrity.

According to Only Natural Pet, a reputable provider of all natural pet products, Lion's Mane Mushrooms helps support digestive tract health, and can be especially beneficial for senior pets, as these mushrooms are known to help support cognitive function.

According to Only Natural Pet:

"Feeding your pet mushroom supplements can be a great way to help maintain the general health of all ages and breeds.... It's important never to feed raw mushrooms as they are difficult to digest...."  "The safest and easiest way to introduce your pet to mushrooms is by supplementing their diet with a high-quality mushroom supplement."

Only Natural Pet sells a mushroom blend supplement that contains Lion's Mane Mushroom, as well as several other mushroom varieties.


Most sources I found listed the main potential benefits of adding Lion's Mane Mushrooms to dogs diet as:

🦁 Lion's Mane Mushrooms can support Cognitive Health in dogs (as well as people). They can especially support cognitive abilities in older dogs.

🦁 Nervous System Support; Lion’s Mane mushrooms are believed to have neuroprotective properties, which could benefit dogs with neurological issues or dogs that are recovering from injuries

🦁 Immune System Support. Bioactive compounds found in Lion’s Mane Mushrooms could help boost dogs immune system

🦁 Digestive Health. Lion's Mane Mushrooms may have a positive impact on the digestive system. They have the potential to help with digestive issues and promote gut health

🦁 Lion's Mane Mushrooms contain compounds with potential anti-inflammatory effect, which could be helpful for dogs with inflammatory conditions or joint problems.

Overall, the consensus seems to be that Lion's Mane mushrooms show promise in many areas, but that more research is still needed to prove these benefits.  

Always consult your dog’s Veterinarian before administering Lion’s Mane Mushrooms, or products that contain Lion’s Mane Mushrooms.  

Your Vet can help you decide whether or not Lion's Mane Mushrooms are right for your dog, and can provide guidance on what type of Lion’s Mane Mushroom products and dosage might be a good fit for your dog.  This is especially important if your dog takes any medications or has any health conditions!

If your dog's Veterinarian thinks Lion's Mane Mushrooms might benefit your dog s/he can advise on which high quality product specifically for dogs would be a good choice to try.

Lion's Mane mushrooms are gaining popularity for dog health. But more comprehensive studies are needed to confirm these benefits conclusively. As always, consult with your dog’s veterinarian before introducing any new food or supplement into your dog's diet. 

I'm still on the fence about giving my dog Lion's Mane Mushrooms. I need to think about it a little more, although I am leaning towards giving them a try. If I do try them for Icy I'll let you know the results in a subsequent blog post.

Warning! There are some mushrooms that can be toxic to pets, so please be cautious if you give your dog or other pets any type of mushroom. Always consult your veterinarian first.

Have you used, or are you considering using Lion's Mane Mushrooms for your dog? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Your precious furbaby has a Dog Birthday coming up and it's time to celebrate!  But what can you do for your dog's birthday, and how do you make a birthday party for a dog?  Throwing an epic dog birthday party that will make your dog feel extra special is easier than you think. Here are 6 tips for an awesome dog birthday party!

Celebrate Your Dog's Birthday in Style!


Celebrate your dog's special day with these Dog birthday party ideas. Your dog's birthday party celebration can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Honestly, your dog doesn't care, she just wants to feel extra special and be the star of the day. You're probably wondering what you need for a dog birthday party.  Here are 6 dog party essentials for a fabulous dog pawty!


I think everyone agrees you need a delicious Birthday Cake that's safe for dogs to eat. You can buy a pre-made dog birthday cake, make your own from a dog birthday cake mix, or make one yourself from scratch. It doesn't need to be elaborate, dogs aren't too picky about that. As long as it's dog safe and tastes yummy!

My dog's Birthday Cake for her 14th birthday!

It doesn't even have to be a birthday cake, you can have a dog birthday cake, pupcakes, or dog safe cookies. You can also order pre-packaged dog goodies online as well.

We are lucky enough to have a wonderful dog grooming salon near us that also sells dog supplies, dog toys, and they make a beautiful assortment of decorated dog birthday cakes, decorated cookies for dogs, decorated pupcakes, and a few other specialty goodies for dogs. 

Check out this gorgeous Halloween assortment of dog cookies from the grooming salon we get our dog birthday cakes from. They always look so good I want to eat them myself!

Dog Cookies for Halloween

You could also serve some dog safe ice cream (I saw some at Petco recently), dog treats, or dog chews instead of a birthday cake.

Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

If you want to make your own birthday cake for dogs from scratch, you can make a simple fun one, or if you're craftsy you can make a more elaborate dog birthday cake. It's up to you, like I said your dog doesn't care as long as it's yummy!

I've seen many dog birthday cake recipes, from the super simple to the downright opulent!  There are so many dog birthday cake recipes online, all you have to do is search for them. For example, here's a good dog safe cake from Zoetis Animal Health. And here's a really nice collection of dog cakes and dog cupcakes from Rover. It's easy to find one that will work for you.

If you want to make something super simple but delicious, check out some of my easy dog treat recipes here. Or the delicious Pumpkin Spice Dog Treat recipe that my dogs love. 


You might want the pups at your dog's party to have some games or activities to ramp up the fun! These don't have to be elaborate either, they can be super simple. As long as the doggos have fun with each other, that's what counts.

Even if you only have one other dog, or just your dog's human family and friends your dog will still have a blast knowing the celebration is all about her. Making your dog feel like the star, getting all the attention is what matters most.

But if you want to do some special activities, you can put out a couple of dog puzzle toys and let your dog and her friends have fun playing as well as exercising their minds. If you don't have any puzzle toys, just hide some treats around the yard or the house and let the dogs loose to find them!

You could also get an inexpensive dog agility course for the yard. Or just make a fun agility course yourself using items you may have around the house. A hula hoop to jump through, a large paper bag fashioned into a small tunnel (No plastic, it's dangerous to pets and kids), a couple of PVC poles for an agility jump or weave poles, or other dog safe items you have at home.

A fun game of fetch in the yard with several doggie friends is just as fun. It doesn't need to be fancy for a couple of dogs to have a blast!


What's a birthday party without Presents?! This should be the easiest thing to get for a birthday dog. You know what kind of toys, treats, dog bed, and other gifts your dog will love. But if you want to streamline that task and leave it to someone else to select dog gifts, try a PupBox, GoodyBox, BarkBox, or other packaged dog gift boxes and baskets.


Last but not least, you may want something extra special for the Birthday Dog to wear! This can be a simple Happy Birthday dog hat, a Birthday bandana, or Birthday neckerchief. There are so many adorable birthday dog dresses and t-shirts. 

Just make sure your dog is comfortable and ok wearing whatever dog birthday outfit or accessory you pick out for them. My Husky Icy doesn't like to wear clothing, so for her birthday I chose a cute neckerchief with colorful strands. See her photo at the top of this post.


You want to get the full effect with some decorations for your dog's birthday party, right?  If the thought of decorating for your dog's birthday makes you feel exhausted, you can make it easy by ordering a Dog Party Kit from Amazon, Chewy, or other pet supply store.

If you enjoy party decorating like I do, get festive with balloons, crepe streamers, a fun Happy Birthday banner, garland, table centerpieces or other fun decorations for your dog's party. If you're the ambitious type, you can select a dog birthday party theme and decorate accordingly.

Most importantly, focus on a stress free dog birthday party. Your dog should have FUN and feel super special and spoiled for the day!


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