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Medicinal Mushrooms for Dog Cancer Part 2

Medicinal Mushrooms for Dog Cancer Part 2 | Dr. Robert Silver


What do birch trees and caterpillars have in common? Both can grow medicinal mushrooms that help dogs with cancer.

Episode Notes

Dr. Robert Silver joins us again to talk about specific mushrooms that can help dogs with cancer, including chaga, cordyceps, lion’s mane, maitake, reishi, shiitake, and turkey tail. He also discusses the safety of mushroom supplements, and his current dosing formula: 20-30mg/kg of beta glucans per day for dogs with cancer.

Listen in to hear why Dr. Silver uses beta glucans to determine mushroom supplement dosing, as well as the benefits that each mushroom brings to the table. Dr. Silver also discusses the current status of research on mushrooms in dogs, and explains the results of a few recent studies.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Real Mushrooms

Functional Mushrooms for Pets booklet by Real Mushrooms

I’m-Yunity turkey tail extract supplement

Single Agent Polysaccharopeptide Delays Metastases and Improves Survival in Naturally Occurring Hemangiosarcoma 2012 study

Evaluation of the anti-tumour activity of Coriolus versicolor polysaccharopeptide (I’m-Yunity) alone or in combination with doxorubicin for canine splenic hemangiosarcoma 2022 study

Mushroom-Derived Maitake PETfraction as Single Agent for the Treatment of Lymphoma in Dogs 2008 study

Related Links:

Medicinal Mushrooms for Dog Cancer Part 1 podcast episode

Supplements for Dogs with Cancer podcast episode

About Today’s Guest, Dr. Robert Silver:

Dr. Robert Silver is a 1982 graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Master’s Degree in cardiopulmonary physiology in 1976, and his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Animal Science in1974, also from CSU.

Dr. Silver is currently adjunct faculty at both the Chi University and at Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Silver is currently president-elect of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine and Past-President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and with the Hemp Feed Coalition. Dr Silver is a founding member of the Veterinary Cannabis Society and a member of the Cannabis Clinicians Society.

Dr. Silver is currently Chief Veterinary Officer for Real Mushrooms, a Canadian medicinal mushroom company. Dr Silver served as Chief Medical Officer of RxVitamins for the past 25 years until the company was sold in 2021. Dr Silver served as Chief Veterinary Officer for one of the largest vertically-integrated hemp companies in the United States from 2014-2020.

Silver has an eCommerce site: www.wellpetdispensary, and a blog site that he shares with an integrative equine vet and a boarded veterinary rehabilitator at Dr Silver can be found on social media @DocRobSilver.


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