Turmeric packs a lot of punch. Dog lovers and holistic veterinarians are using turmeric to support dog’s aging and inflammation processes. Read below to learn more about the benefits of turmeric for dogs.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice. It is found in curry and mustard and makes a great flavor enhancer on its own. Turmeric contains curcumin, an active compound with antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and wound-healing properties. Curcumin is used in many holistic healing approaches. It can address a wide variety of ailments and illnesses. Below, we’ll highlight some of the most common medicinal uses of turmeric in dogs.
Turmeric & Inflammation
Inflammation can cause illnesses from kidney disease to allergies, cancer, and even digestive disorders. Inflammation serves a protective short-term role when a dog is fighting against a common virus or bacteria, for example. But, chronic inflammation can lead to several serious illnesses.
According to Dogs Naturally Magazine, turmeric naturally combats inflammation. Some studies show that it wards away inflammation better than many pharmaceuticals.
Turmeric vs. Steroids
Steroids address common health issues including allergies and pain. They, unfortunately, can come with several undesirable side effects. For those trying to avoid steroids when indicated, curcumin can sometimes be used in their place. Curcumin has been found to provide similar results when dosed appropriately. When necessary, curcumin can be used alongside prescription steroids. It is also known to reduce the severe side effects that result from the use of certain pharmaceuticals.
Turmeric vs. Cancer
Studies suggest that therapeutic doses of curcumin may slow the spread of canine cancer, reduce cancerous cells and may even kill them. Therapeutic doses are usually quite high and vary depending on the pet’s age, weight, and health condition.
Turmeric vs. Arthritis
Turmeric can ease pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. It’s been said to work better than many conventional methods. Learn more about curcumin supplementation for aging dogs here. And, always discuss turmeric supplementation with your veterinarian.
Turmeric Paste for Dogs
Adding turmeric to your dog’s diet is easier than you think. Add it right to your dog’s meals by creating turmeric paste, aka golden paste. Golden paste can be made using the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of organic turmeric powder
- 1 cup of water
- 1 ½ teaspoons of black pepper
- 1/4 cup of organic cold-pressed coconut oil
To make, gently mix the turmeric powder and water in a saucepan. Stir the liquid on medium heat for 10 minutes. Then, add the pepper and oil as the paste forms. Stir until fully combined and remove it from the heat. The paste may be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Pepper makes the paste more bioavailable therefore don’t forget to add it! For humans, add other delicious spices to make golden milk more palatable.
For those that prefer it, there are many dog-specific turmeric and curcumin treat supplements on the market.
Turmeric Dosing for Dogs
Discuss all supplementation with your veterinary team. Then, dose according to the pet’s size, age, and health condition.
For the recipe above, small dogs receive ¼ of a teaspoon, medium dogs receive ½ of a teaspoon and large dogs receive 1 teaspoon each day. Break doses up into two daily servings. If you have a dog with a sensitive stomach, start with 25% doses and work your way up over the course of a week.
Side Effects of Turmeric for Dogs
Turmeric is safe and effective for most dogs. There is, however, the potential for turmeric to interact with other drugs. To avoid interactions, check with your veterinarian before adding turmeric to your dog’s diet. Uncommon side effects may include nausea, bruising, iron deficiency, and dizziness. While uncommon, keep an eye on your dog when starting any kind of supplementation.
Supporting Aging & Sick Dogs
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