The Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs

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Turmeric for dogs is gaining popularity. You may have heard about the many benefits of turmeric for people, but did you know that turmeric is beneficial for dogs, too? Many people are looking for healthier and more effective alternatives to prescription drugs for their dogs.  Turmeric is one spice that seems to be packing a lot of punch. 

What is turmeric, anyway?

Turmeric is a spice that can be found in curry and mustard.  It’s beneficial for combatting health issues due to it containing curcumin.  Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric boasting antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and wound healing properties. Turmeric is combating serious diseases, too. 

Inflammation

Inflammation is the culprit for almost all diseases.  We think of inflammation as something that just makes our pets feel sore. That’s simply not true.  Inflammation is the culprit behind everything from kidney disease, allergies, cancer and even digestive disorders.  Inflammation does serve as a protective property when a dog is fighting against a common virus or bacteria, but long term inflammation is the single culprit of so many diseases in the body.  According to Dogs Naturally magazine, Turmeric naturally combats inflammation and studies show it’s better than any drug on the market.

Steroid

Steroids are often prescribed for common health issues in dogs, including allergies and pain.  They come with many undesirable side effects.  Curcumin is often used in lieu of prescription steroids. It has been found to provide the same  results.  Additionally, curcumin can be used alongside prescription steroids. It is known to reduce those horrible side effects.

That’s not all, either.

Many other studies have concluded that turmeric for dogs has many other powerful benefits.  Turmeric, according to the American Cancer Society, can stop the spread of cancer, reduce cancerous cells and even kill them.  Turmeric an also go up against the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.  It’s been said that it works even better than more conventional methods.

Turmeric Paste for Dogs

Adding turmeric to your dog’s diet is easier than you think.  You can add it right to your dog’s meals by creating “turmeric paste”.  It can be made with a few ingredients.  You will need ½ cup of organic turmeric power, 1 cup of water, 1 ½ teaspoons of black pepper, and ¼ cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil.   Easily mix the turmeric power and water in a sauce pan.  Stir the liquid on medium heat 10 minutes.  As it forms a paste, add the pepper and oil. Stir well and then you can remove it from the heat.  It may be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

The most important thing is to start with small amounts.  Each day, small dogs should get ¼ of a teaspoon, medium dogs should get ½ of a teaspoon and large dogs should get 1 teaspoon. 

Side Effects of Turmeric for Dogs

Turmeric is safe and effective. There is the potential for turmeric to interact with other drugs that your dog may be taking.  Always check with your dog’s vet before adding turmeric to his diet.  Other uncommon side effects may include nausea, bruising, iron deficiency and dizziness. 

We look forward to hearing about the positive effects turmeric has for your dogs.  Are you already using turmeric for dogs in your household? We’d love to hear about it.

 

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